Speaking to journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala today, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem said Uganda’s foreign policy is that it never gets involved in the internal affairs of any country unless it’s invited.
The government of Uganda has denied that President Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni is interfering in the internal politics of Kenya.
journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala today, the minister of state for
Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem said Uganda’s foreign policy is that it
never gets involved in the internal affairs of any country unless it’s invited.
Oryem’s statement was prompted by a question from a journalist about media
reports that the Kenya Deputy President William Ruto was stopped from boarding
a plane to Uganda on Monday. According to media reports in Kenya, Ruto was
scheduled to have a private meeting with President Museveni; the second
in less than a month.
//Cue in…our foreign policy...
Cue out…all the best."//
Oryem added that as Uganda, they are also not aware of any
reason why Kenyan authorities would want to stop Ruto from coming to Uganda. He
said this is a question that can only be answered by them.
//Cue in…we have no...
Cue out…or be part."//
The refusal of permission for Ruto to come to Uganda comes
at a time when his political marriage with President Uhuru Kenyatta has broken
down irretrievably as the country gears up to the 2022 general election.
the acrimonious 2017 election that saw the Supreme Court overturn the first election,
Kenyatta warmed up to his fiercest political opponent then Raila Odinga. In the
subsequent months following the swearing in of Kenyatta for the second term as
the fourth President of Kenya, he signed an agreement with Odinga for them to
work together for the betterment of their country. However, in doing so, he
started distancing himself from Ruto his deputy. It’s said in the coming
election, Kenyatta who is serving his last term will be supporting Odinga for
president against Ruto who is also interested in the seat.
political observers in Kenya, by coming to Uganda, Ruto is trying to win the
support of President Museveni who is currently playing an oversized role as the
region’s most senior politician. Ruto has been in Uganda several times on the
invitation of Museveni. Actually in the 2016 general election, he even campaigned
for Museveni in different parts of the country. It’s not only in Kenya that
Museveni is trying to assert his influence.
Museveni enjoys a close
relationship with Salva Kiir, the President of South Sudan, Felix Tshisekedi,
the president of Democratic Republic of Congo and until very recently Paul
Kagame, the President of Rwanda.