While Kigali’s government with its president, Paul Kagame, and his top officials are in the governmental retreat(called Umwherero 2019), the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has visited Rwanda this Monday, March 11, 2019.
While on a working visit, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya met Paul Kagame and Kigali officials during this Kigali government retreat.
The Kenyan President arrived in the country this Monday and was received at Kigali International Airport by Foreign Affairs Dr. Richard Sezibera, a Rwandan media outlet, News Times, reports.
News Times reports that Uhuru Kenyatta immediately went to the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre of Gabiro in Gastibo District where he met his Rwandan counterpart, President Paul Kagame.
THE BIG PICTURE: Paul Kagame is making a round of face to face encounters with some EAC leaders these days he is facing soaring tensions with his neighbors such as Burundi and Uganda. Recently, Kagame paid a short visit to Tanzania’ Magufuli, where they held private bilateral talks.
The two countries share close ties in multiple aspects including trade, security, capacity building and investment among others.
Referring to the soaring tensions between Kigali and Kampala, and probably with Gitega, Uhuru Kenyatta said: ” We have challenges but I am convinced that with goodwill and good intentions, which is what we have for our people, we will resolve even those challenges that are ahead of us”.
Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated that ‘the relationship between Rwanda and Kenya is probably one of the best relations’.
— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) March 11, 2019
Some observers and onlookers are heralding that Paul Kagame may be turning to Tanzania’ Magufuli and Kenya’s Uhuru for support while the frosty ties between Kigali, Gitega, and Kampala are wreaking havoc on these three EAC member states’ relationships.
Paul Kagame eyeing route to the sea?
One Kenyan media reported that the unannounced visits and encounters that Paul Kagame is doing may be heralding Kagame’s wish to have ‘a route to the sea’ that is to say his wish to ‘disenclave Rwanda’.
Daily Monitor reports that Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Tanzania on a two-day visit, seen as a quest to warm up relations with Dar in the wake of escalating tensions with Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda, as a landlocked country like other EAC member states, such Burundi, Uganda, and South Sudan, may be turning attention to the ‘calm brothers, John Pombe Magufuli and Uhuru Kenyatta, in search of support.
Rwanda is served by two major transport corridors — the Central Corridor that runs from Dar es Salaam through Tanzania’s heartland, and the Northern Corridor that runs from Mombasa through Kenya and Uganda.
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