Amidst growing tension between Rwanda and Uganda,there is an alleged plot to overthrow Rwandese President Paul Kagame,Museveni’s brother Gen Caleb Akandwanaho alias Salim Saleh, Security Minister Gen Henry Tumukunde and a French General met with Museveni at the president’s upcountry home in Rwakitura as part of the wider plan to destabilize Rwanda.
Impeccable diplomatic sources say the two countries have issues over security, infrastructure projects, air traffic routes and repatriation of refugees.
Police commanders and a Rwandan were recently arrested and charged with kidnap and illegal repatriation of President Kagame’s former bodyguard, Lt Joel Mutabazi.
It’s also on record that Rwanda recently expressed her dismay over the arrest and detention of Rwandans in Ugandan military facilities.
On the other hand, Ugandan military officers believe Rwanda was turning Kampala and other parts of the central region into hunting grounds for suspected dissidents.
Another sticky issue is the alleged connection between Tumukunde and Rwandan dissident General, Kayumba Nyamwasa.
Rwandan security officials have repeatedly protested Gen Henry Tumukunde’s alleged ties with Gen Nyamwasa – who is guarded at a military facility in South Africa.
It’s said Rwanda intelligence services obtained a printout of Tumukunde’s phone calls with Nyamwasa.
Efforts to reach Tumukunde for comment were futile as he didn’t respond to our phone calls.
Rwandan officials say the alleged frequency of calls between Nyamwasa and Tumukunde were a cause for concern.
Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa (born 1962) is a Rwandan former Lieutenant general who formerly was the Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Army from 1998 to 2002. He was also head of Rwandan intelligence from 1998 to 2002 and served as Rwanda’s ambassador to India between 2004 and 2010.
Born in Rwanda, Nyamwasa grew up in refugee camps in Uganda and earned a law degree in Makerere University. He later joined Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army in January 1986 and served as a Ugandan military officer before 1990. He contributed to the creation of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) in the late 1980s and was considered the central figure in the military during the RPF campaign and the post genocidal period, when he oversaw anti-insurgency campaigns in the country’s north-west.
Nyamwasa fled to South Africa from India on 28 February 2010 and sought exile there. The Rwandan government later stated that he may have been working with Colonel Patrick Karegeya, another former intelligence head who was living in exile in South Africa. Nyamwasa is accused of involvement in acts of terrorism in Rwanda, including three grenade attacks in Kigali on 19 February 2010, but was not arrested in South Africa due to a lack of extradition treaties between the two countries and evidence.
It is also alleged Gen Saleh was incensed by the ‘Rujugiro documents’ that he decided to send Tumukunde to South Africa to meet Nyamwasa.
Other contacts allege Nyamwasa sometimes sneaks into Uganda where he runs cells of rebel FDLR fighters.
But a close friend of Tumukunde says he has not been to South Africa in “many years” and that the Security Minister “does not even have Nyamwasa’s telephone line.”
Investigation further shows the reshuffle of heads of military intelligence; UPDF and Internal Security Organisation left Rwanda puzzled.
The new entrants especially Col Abel Kanduho (CMI) and Tumukunde (Security Minister) are said to be opposed to Kigali government’s methods of work.
“Rwanda has totally failed to connect with the new team of security chiefs,” said a source, adding, “It’s something Uganda needs to think about. The cordial relations of both countries’ security chiefs is no more. They are strained.”
But Ugandan officials cited several mechanisms of resolving disputes.
The head of Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Margaret Kafeero, said the issues being raised have not been “formally raised between our two governments.”
She added: “If and when they are raised, the responses will be made through the appropriate channels.”