Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame will not attend Uganda’s president–elect Yoweri Museveni’s swearing in slated for Thursdaybecause he will be busy hosting World Economic forum.
According to a statement from Rwandan government, the Forum will be held in Rwanda on the same day as Museveni’s inauguration ceremony.
Kagame and Museveni both studied at Ntare School locate in Mbarara town in western Uganda.
Raised and educated in Uganda, Kagame later fought alongside Museveni in the war to overthrow Idi Amin and later Obote within NRM.
Kagame, trained in Tanzania as a spy, became Museveni’s counter-intelligence chief.
Kagame and Rwandan exiles in Uganda later formed the Rwandan Patriotic Front with whicht they took power in Rwanda.
He was once a powerful official within the Museveni NRM Administration.
Critics say Kagame is part of Museveni’s expansionist agenda, with the regime in Kenya being his “puppet regime”, who handed Migingo to Uganda.
Earlier, Uganda’s minister in charge presidency Frank Tumwebaze had indicated that fourteen heads of state had confirmed attendance for Museveni swearing in scheduled for May 12.
The 14 are the heads of state from Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Kingdom of Lesotho, South Sudan, Tanzania, Mali, Togo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Swaziland, China, Nigeria, and Russian Federation.
According to Tumwebaze, two former presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya are also expected.
However, it’s also not clear whether Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari will attend the inauguration since he will reportedly be in Britain for the international Anti-Corruption Summit which will be held in the British capital on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Meanwhile, Tumwebaze further said Rwanda, India, Japan and Germany heads of state will just send representatives.
Mr Museveni’s swearing in will take place at Kololo Airstrip Ceremonial Ground.
The day’s programme will begin at 7am – with the arrival of the invited guests.
These will include the 375 out-going as well as the in-coming 458 Members of Parliament, political party leaders and the former presidential candidates.
Also expected are delegations from Uganda’s 117 districts, members of the diplomatic corp, religious leaders, traditional and cultural leaders, members of the academia, and the business community.