Kagame will meet President Museveni and attend the birthday party of Ugandan leader Muhuz Kenerugaba, son of the Ugandan leader.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has arrived in Uganda, his first visit to the country in four years, as relations between the two East African nations improve after a long period of tension.

Public broadcaster Rwanda Broadcasting Corporation said on Sunday that Kagame had arrived in Kampala to meet Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni and attend Museveni’s powerful son, Muhuzi Kenerugaba (Muhoozi Kainerugaba)’s 48th birthday party, who played a major role in the reconciliation between the two neighbors.

Kainerugaba played a key role in repairing long-hostile relations with Kigali, including holding talks with Kagame that led to the reopening of the land border in January after three years of closure.

Kagame was on a “private visit”, the Ugandan High Commission in Kigali said, adding that Kenerugaba and Security Minister Jim Mukhwezi were among the senior government officials hosting the Rwandan leader.

Kenerugaba, who leads Uganda’s army and serves as special adviser to the president, had previously called Kagame “my uncle” on Twitter.

“Those who are fighting against him are fighting my family. They should all be careful,” he wrote in January.

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The visit comes weeks after Uganda announced the expulsion of key figures belonging to the banned opposition group Rwanda National Congress (RNC), which Kigali considers a “terrorist” group.

The reported presence of insurgents on Ugandan soil to overthrow Kagame has been a longstanding issue between the two neighbours.

Kainerugaba had pledged to crack down on the RNC, founded in 2010 by former Rwandan army chief of staff Kayumba Nyamwasa and former spy boss Patrick Karegeya, both of whom have become fierce critics of Kagame.

Kagame last visited Uganda in March 2018 at the invitation of Museveni for private talks on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Although the two were close allies in the 1980s and 1990s, the two countries later fell out over accusing each other of spying, kidnapping and supporting insurgents.

The Uganda-Rwanda border, which was abruptly closed in 2019 amid escalating tensions, reopened in January in a major sign of warming relations between the two countries.

While Kenerugaba has repeatedly denied that he intends to succeed his 77-year-old father, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, observers point to his meteoric rise in the Ugandan army as evidence that he is leading the way. Position ready.