Uganda distances itself from DP Ruto’s aborted tour

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The government of Uganda has said it did not receive any official communications regarding DP William Ruto’s aborted trip to the country, saying their foreign affairs department has no record whatsoever that there was a request for them to provide protocol services to the deputy president.

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“Our foreign policy is very clear that we don’t interfere in the internal affairs of any country whatsoever. We have no authority, we have no power over the Kenyan government, they have their own reasons why they prevented HE Ruto from coming to Uganda and that should be channeled to the Kenyan High Commission,” a statement from the Ugandan government reads.

Speaking to Inooro TV on Wednesday morning the DP wondered why all of a sudden he was being blocked from visiting the country, yet its head of state was a friend of the country.

”Museveni is my friend and a friend of Kenya too. I am entitled to rights as a person. I am not a fool to leave without knowing what’s needed. Am I not allowed to have friends?” he posed.

A section of ODM lawmakers are already calling on the DP to come clean on his real intentions with the frequent trips to Uganda, as well as UDA’s relationship with the ruling party in Uganda.

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“The NRM record on human rights is not worth borrowing from. The NRM record on democracy is not worth borrowing… even worse, the NRM is a party of lifetime presidency. NRM is a party that has kept someone in power for 30 years,” Minority Whip in the National Assembly Junet Mohammed said.

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