From idealism to realpolitik
Museveni’s forces win the Bush War, overthrowing the regime of Milton Obote and catapulting Museveni into the presidency. Kagame was an officer in Museveni’s National Resistance Army.
Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front forces overthrow Rwanda’s genocidal government, pushing thousands of refugees into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Rwanda and Uganda support the forces of Laurent-désiré Kabila, who overthrows the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko in the DRC.
A UN panel says that Kagame and Museveni, are ‘on the verge of becoming the godfathers of the illegal exploitation of natural resources and the continuation of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’.
The UN and Human Rights Watch accuse the Kigali government of backing the Drc-based Mouvement
du 23 Mars rebels led by Bosco Ntaganda.
A December constitutional amendment potentially allows Kagame to be president until 2034, when he would be 76.
Uganda’s Supreme Court passes a law to remove age limits on the presidency, permitting Museveni, who has ruled for 33 years, to run again in 2021, at which time he will be over 75.
A feud breaks out in public as Rwanda temporarily closes its border to Rwanda. Kagame and Museveni trade barbs as each seeks to play a leadership role in the region.