FIRST Deputy Prime Minister Eriya Kategaya on Thursday said the quarrels between Ugandan leaders and their Rwandese counterparts are petty, minor, and academic.
Geresom Musamali reports that Kategaya said the people of both countries should instead concentrate on building individual relations through cultural exchanges.
â€œEven when there is a problem among the people at the top, interaction between ordinary citizens should remain. The difference between Uganda and Rwanda is petty, minor and academic,â€ he said. Kategaya was opening the 5th Uganda Development Theatre Association Festival (UDTA) at the new US$3m Ndere Cultural Village recently built with funding from the Austrian government.
Set on a 10-acre piece of land at Kigowa near Ntinda, the village, designed by Kampala architect George Ssendiwala, is composed of a magnificent amphi-theatre, an auditorium, a guest house, a bar and restaurant.
Among the groups participating in the festival are the Mutabaruka Cultural Troupe from Rwanda and the Yugantar Sindoor Ensemble from India.
Gender, labour and social affairs minister Bakoku Bakoru and Indian High Commissioner Deepak Ray were among those present.
Kategaya said culture is a powerful weapon in uniting people. He said more cultural institutions should be strengthened.
Quarrels With Rwanda Minor, Says Kategaya