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Vol 40 No 18

Published 10th September 1999


Rwanda

Friends fall out

The 2-year alliance between Museveni and Kagame is in trouble over Congo strategy

In the late 1970s, the old Front Patriotique Rwandais (then exiled in Uganda and Tanzania) had joined forces with Museveni's National Resistance Movement to help oust two Ugandan Presidents, first Idi Amin Dada and then Milton Obote. In return, Museveni allowed the FPR to use Uganda as a launching pad to oust the French-backed regime of President Juvénal Habyarimana in Rwanda. With Habyarimana's death in April 1994 and the subsequent genocide against Rwandan Tutsi and moderate Hutu, Museveni backed the FPR again to chase out génocidaires from Kigali and install an FPR government, with Gen. Kagame as Vice-President.

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