Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has assured Ugandans that in the near future, the government will report on the state of diplomatic relations between Uganda and Rwanda.
The remarks, made on Thursday in Parliament, follow concerns by Members of Parliament about the ‘deteriorating’ relations between the two countries following the deportation of three top MTN Uganda officials, one being a Rwandan national.
The telecom’s former Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Prentout and Head of Sales and Distribution Annie Bilenge Tabura were on Tuesday deported to France and Rwanda respectively after investigations by security agents showed that they were undermining national security.
Later Tuesday night, Elsa Muzzolini, who was the General Manager Mobile Financial Services, was also arrested and deported to Italy.
After the development, Rwanda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of East African Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, took to Twitter, where he poured scorn on Uganda for the deportation, claiming that diplomatic avenues have been exhausted to normalize both countries’ relations in vain.
On Thursday, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake sought government’s position on reports that the deportation is steering Uganda and Rwanda into a diplomatic crisis.
However, Premier Rugunda said government is on top of the matter.
“This is a matter that is under investigation. This House will be informed about our relationship with member states, including Rwanda,” he said.
Uganda’s relations with Rwanda have been on the rocks in the recent past.