Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso is also in Luanda for the much-anticipated summit of leaders trying to mediate between President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni.
The first such “quadripartite summit” was held on July 12, hosted by Angolan President João Lourenço. The four leaders agreed that the host and DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi would be the joint mediators.
Rwanda’s Presidency announced on Twitter today that Congo’s Sassou Nguesso would also be at the summit. This turns the Quadripartite Summit to “Quintupartite”.
The latest summit is “aimed at strengthening regional security and cooperation”, said Presidency, known in Rwanda as Village Urugwiro, on Twitter.
Sassou Nguesso is a close strategic partner to Kagame, whereby the former is a regular visitor to Rwanda. The Sassou Nguesso family has even married from Rwanda, in a closed ceremony where both leaders attended.
Having Sassou Nguesso in the room puts Kagame’s side of the argument at a slightly much better advantage since the friendship of DR Congo’s Tshisekedi and the host, is shared up with Museveni.
Media reports say Angola’s Lourenço has come up with a deal on which Kagame and Museveni are expected to put their signatures.
However, it remains to be seen, how the deal will handle much-rooted and historic mistrust between Kagame and Museveni.
In a March 9 fiery speech, Kagame accused Museveni of having been intent on ensuring Kagame and his RFP party never govern Rwanda. The campaign began immediately after the RPF had taken power in 1994, following the genocide against the Tutsi.
President Museveni’s brother, the all-powerful Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh, was the point man for the project.