By Dickens H Okello.
The Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi has called on Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda to employ diplomatic means to solve the current tension between the two Nations.
Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, in a statement on Monday morning said Uganda and Rwanda are both signatories to regional, continental and international protocols meant to be exploited to sustain peace and relations.
“Over and above bilateral ties, Uganda and Rwanda are state parties to regional instruments and international protocols on trade and other forms of regional/international cooperation. These include the East African Common Market Protocol, the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols thereto,” said Bobi.
The legislator wants the EAC Council of Ministers and Heads of State Summit to exhaust their institutional mandate.
“These instruments are backed by institutions and implementing mechanisms such as the East African Community Council of Ministers, the Summit, Court of Justice and farther afield, the General Assembly and Security Council of the United Nations, to name a few,” he remarked.
He stressed that if the above institutions failed, the International Humanitarian Law should avert possible armed confrontation between Uganda and Rwanda.
“Suffice to say that the prevailing International Humanitarian Law regime goes ahead to restrain countries from armed confrontation and encourages peaceful resolution of disagreements.”
Bobi recognized that any actions to be taken by Museveni and Kagame have significant effects even on the region and the continent.
“We hereby urge the principle actors in this state-of-affairs to stick to the diplomatic path for the benefit of the citizens of either country and the broader peace and prosperity of the Great Lakes Region and our continent Africa.”
“As Ugandans and Rwandans, there is a lot more that unites us than what divides us. Over the years, we have invested colossal amounts of resources into the regional integration process and the current tensions only serve to undermine and erode the economic and geopolitical gains made in the quest for integration.”
Tension between the two Nations started when Rwanda blocked all the goods from Uganda entering her territory.
Government said on Sunday that Kigali has doubled tariff on Ugandan goods.