Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has dismissed from Cabinet, Ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister.
Nduhungirehe has been leading the Rwanda team in talks with Uganda following a standoff that climaxed with the unilateral closure of the Rwanda border with Uganda at Katuna in February 2019.
According to a statement issued by Rwanda's Prime Minister, Nduhungirehe was removed from office for ignoring government policies and running his ministry as a private business.
"The President of the Republic of Rwanda has removed from office Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe for consistently acting based on personal opinions over government policies, while serving as Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign affairs and International cooperation in charge of East African Community,” the statement reads in part.
Amb. Nduhungirehe's sacking comes hours after Uganda's Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba 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).
In his message, Gen Kainerugaba noted that Uganda and Rwanda have come a long way as sister countries.
The Ugandan General went ahead to say that comrades can quarrel and disagree but should never fight.
“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.