Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed rumors that he has taken sides in the upcoming August presidential elections, saying his country does not take part in another state’s internal affairs. Speaking in Kampala yesterday, Museveni put to rest the claims his party the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is allied to the DP and that Kenyan elections were an affair of Kenyans.
”Elections in Kenya or any other African country are a matter of the people of that country. We never take sides in the internal matters of other countries. So, we have no side in the Kenya elections,” Museveni told a local media in Kampala.
After taking power in 2013, William Ruto, as Deputy President developed a close relationship with President Museveni and has been making numerous trips to Kampala and hosted by Museveni whom he has described as a personal friend.
It is his constant trips to Uganda that last year put the office of the Deputy Presidency in the spotlight after revelations a foreigner with questionable business deals was facilitated by DP Ruto to fly to Uganda. DP Ruto, who was part of the entourage was blocked by the state from flying to Uganda and has not traveled to the East African county since.
DP Ruto brokered a deal to have Equity Bank fund Yoweri Museveni’s presidential campaigns, and Dei Pharmaceuticals was just the conduit for the controversial Equity bank loa. The money was claimed to be used in building a vaccine plant in Uganda.
Appearing before the National Assembly’s Finance Committee after the Harun Aydin incident last year, the bank’s managing director Gerald Warui told members of Parliament that it has no customer by the name Harun Aydin and denied advancing a Sh15 billion loan to Mr Aydin, who is linked to DP Ruto. The bank’s CEO did not deny their involvement with Mr. Magoola and Deli Pharmaceuticals.