The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has sent a message to President Paul Kagame and the people of Rwanda on the occasion of the country's remembrance of the 1994 genocide (Kwibuka), noting that Uganda and Rwanda have come a long way as sister countries.
In the wake of hostilities between the two neighboring countries, observers had predicted an all-out war especially after Rwanda closed its borders to Ugandans. Several Ugandans were shot inside Rwanda while some Rwandans also lost their lives as they attempted to cross into Uganda to look for food or check on their relatives.
The situation was exacerbated by Rwanda when they deployed along the common border with Uganda. On the Ugandan side, President Yoweri Museveni, on several occasions assured the citizens that nobody would disturb Uganda's peace.
Relatedly, Gen Kainerugaba has previously sent out messages warning of a bad day for whoever dared to attack Uganda.
In a soothing tweet, Gen Kainerugaba seemed to acknowledge the long-standing hostilities but noted that quarrels should not always result in fights.
“Brothers/Comrades and Revolutionaries can quarrel but they should never fight. We have come from very far. I wish His Excellency General Kagame and the people of Rwanda a solemn and respectful kwibuka,” Gen Kainerugaba Wednesday evening.
Gen Kainerugaba decorated the tweet with pictures of President Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart at previous events.
"These are encouraging words “Chairman Mao” (as we call u in our circles) and hope those responsible for our good relations with our friends and neighbors are listening!"
Bob Kirenga: "Great pan Africanist message"
Cedric Babu: We are one people. There is absolutely no need for war and coming from you it will resonate positively with so many. Thanks, General. God Bless Uganda and Rwanda.
Ak Lukwago: This is one of the best statements to the brotherly Leadership and people of Rwanda. Dear tweeps, please take note and applaud pan Africanism.
Ndahiro: Thank you for the comforting words We (Rwandese) are indeed comforted