The government of Uganda under President Yoweri Museveni has broken its silence on Deputy President William Ruto’s failed private trip, and distanced itself from the mess of the power tussles in Kenya.
On Wednesday afternoon, August 4, Uganda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs – Henry Okello – in a press conference distanced Museveni’s government from reports that had accused Uganda of interfering with internal politics in Kenya.
Okello stated that Museveni and his administration wanted nothing to do with Kenyan politics, adding that Ruto’s trip to the neighbouring country was Kenya’s problem, not theirs.
The Minister added that Uganda was not informed of the reasons that resulted in Kenyan authorities first delaying Ruto’s flight before cancelling it altogether at Wilson Airport on Monday, August 2.
“That’s a question that can only be answered by them. To my best of knowledge, the protocol department led by the Chief of Protocol has no record whatsoever of any request to provide services to his Excellency Ruto,” Okello stated.
When probed further, he added that the Kenyan High Commission did not tell Uganda that Ruto would be coming in for visit, indicating that the two countries treated it as an unofficial trip.
On Wednesday, Ruto during an interview on Inooro FM defended Museveni as a friend to all senior politicians in Kenya and his name should not be mentioned in the saga.
“Museveni is my friend, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s ally. We all have campaigned for him before. Why should there be a problem when I tour Uganda but not an issue when the others visit.
“I was not flying to Uganda on an official tour. I was going to handle my own personal matters,” Ruto lamented and wondered why the government suddenly blocked him after he didn’t seek permission from relevant offices.