Tanzania has asked Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to mediate in the country's ongoing war of words with Rwanda, Tanzania's The Citizen reported Thursday (August 29th).
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda made the announcement when asked by a member of parliament what the government was doing to normalise relations between the two East African Community (EAC) member states.
The tension centres around the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Tanzania, which is playing a major role in the United Nations intervention brigade in the DRC that is fighting a myriad of rebel and militia forces, has been hit with a flood of refugees fleeing fighting in the DRC's eastern Kivu region.
This has put Tanzania at odds with Rwanda, seen as a key backer of one of the main rebel groups in North Kivu called the March 23rd Movement (M23), and opposed to negotiations with another militia made up of Hutu extremists it accuses of responsibility in the Rwandan genocide nearly 20 years ago.
The outcome has been a war of words between Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame.