The Rwandan High Commission in Uganda has condemned article published in the state-owned Saturday Vision newspaper claiming that President Paul Kagame met opposition leader Kiiza Besigye.
Kagame, according to the paper had “secret” meeting with Besigye, in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The paper’s front-page was released on Friday on the New Vision Twitter handle. The pictures of Kagame and Besigye appear on front-page headlined: “Besigye, Kagame meet in USA.
In short response also posted on Twitter, Rwanda’s High Commission in Kampala is not amused this Saturday evening, in addition to dozens of other comments from accounts of Rwandan officials and ordinary supporters.
“The Ad Hoc Commission of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda can not be implemented with such negative propaganda,” says the High Commission, adding, “it must stop.”
While also tagging Robert Kabushenga, the CEO of Vision Group, the parent company of the paper, the High Commission calls its article as “fake news”.
In the MoU signed between Presidents Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni in Angola last month, it called for halt to “negative propaganda” in media from either side.
The implementation committees from both countries met two weeks ago in Kigali, and another meeting is scheduled for mid next month in Kampala.
Meanwhile, at the ongoing high-level Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Uganda, Rwanda sent two lawmakers to the event attended by over 1,000 delegates.