Mending fences? Museveni’s son visits President Uhuru

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Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kianerugaba was recently in Nairobi on his way from Somalia to pay President Uhuru Kenyatta a visit, after days of tension between Kenya and Uganda regarding William Ruto’s activities in the country.

In a tweet on Thursday evening, Muhoozi described President Uhuru as his elder brother and an inspiration to East Africa.

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”I was honoured to visit my elder, my big brother and my hero recently in Nairobi. President Uhuru is an inspiration to many of us across East Africa and Africa,” he wrote.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba is also Ugandan lieutenant general who serves as the commander of the land forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force.

In August, Deputy President William Ruto was stopped from flying to neighboring Uganda in what his supporters said was a state-backed campaign to humiliate him. It would have been Ruto’s second trip to Kampala in a month.

Ugandan government also distanced themselves from the Ruto saga, revealing they had no prior communication from the Kenyan government on the DP’s visit.

“The protocol department which is led by the chief of protocol has no record whatsoever that there was a request for us to provide protocol services to His Excellency William Ruto. I was not informed by the Chief of protocol,” Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s minister of state for Foreign Affairs said.

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Dr. Ruto, accompanied by Mr. Aydin and other close associates, were stopped from boarding a flight to Entebbe, Uganda from Nairobi’s Wilson airport.

The DP was reportedly asked to provide proof from the Office of the President that he had permission to travel outside the country.

Days later, Mr Aydin was deported upon return to Kenya from Uganda. Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i later told a parliamentary committee that the Turkish national was a suspect in terrorism financing and money laundering. 

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