“If you asked about my preference,” said Kagame at a press conference in Kigali, “I have been working well with the incumbent and their leaders.”
He added: “I wish him well.” Kagame served in the rebel NRA guerrilla outfit led by Yoweri Museveni till 1986 when power was seized from the military junta.
He would later serve as deputy military intelligence chief. 4 years later, Kagame commanded the Rwanda Patriotic Front rebel movement against Dictator Juvenal Habyarimana’s regime.
RPF was quietly supported by Museveni to capture power and stop the genocide in 1994. The two leaders’ relations had broken down over political disagreements and military clashes in Congo.
However, diplomatic talks revived the brotherhood of the two heads-of-state – easing tensions and bolstering cross border trade.
At a function in Rwanda a few years ago, Kagame described Museveni as a “senior officer of RPF.” Speaking today at the end of the two-day National Dialogue, Kagame said whenever there are elections he always wishes the best for the people of Uganda.
He further said Ugandans are “mature enough to resolve their political differences through electoral processes.”
Kagame, who spent over two decades of his life in Uganda refugee camps and on the battlefield, expressed hope that Ugandans would choose a leader that would work for peace, stability and development.
Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, is facing stiff resistance from his former allies Amama Mbabazi and Dr Kizza Besigye among others.