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Museveni invites Ruto to grace Uganda’s Independence Day just a day after apologizing to Kenya

Museveni invites Ruto to grace Uganda’s Independence Day just a day after apologizing to Kenya over his son’s Twitter remarks

President William Ruto is set to grace Uganda’s Independence Day celebrations on Sunday, October 9, on the invitation of President Museveni.

Reports indicated that Ruto is among the dignitaries invited by Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni as the country marks 60 years since it gained independence. 

Museveni enjoys a cordial relationship with Ruto and this is seen as an attempt by Kampala to defuse tension between the two neighboring countries.

Following comments made by his son, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who asserted that it would take him less than two weeks to capture Kenya, the president of Uganda tried to defuse a potential diplomatic row between Nairobi and Kampala.

On Wednesday, October 5, Museveni issued a lengthy statement in which he apologized to Kenyans for Kainerugaba’s outburst and interference in domestic affairs.

“Dear Ugandans, the brotherly people of Kenya, and all East Africans. I greet all of you. I ask our Kenyan brothers and sisters to forgive us for the tweets sent by General Muhoozi,” he stated. 

“It is not correct for Public officers, be they civilian or military, to comment or interfere in any way, in the internal affairs of brother countries.”

The long-serving Ugandan President added that the only available legitimate forum where issues could be raised is the Peer Review Mechanism of the African Union or confidential interactions among Presidents or the East African Community and the African Union.

“Very sorry, ndugu zetu Wakenya. Also sorry to the Ugandans who could have been annoyed by one of their officials meddling in the affairs of brother Kenya. I know for a fact that General Muhoozi is a passionate Pan-Africanist.”

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