Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's Connection to Jubilee Party

  • By Miriam Musyoki on Monday, 17 July 2017 - 9:25am
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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya) with Uganda's Head of State, Yoweri Museveni courtesy
  • Uganda's Head of State, Yoweri Museveni, is said to have a keen eye on Kenya's upcoming General Election due to his special links to the Jubilee Party.

    It would be remembered that in 2016 as Uganda went to the ballot, Kenya's Deputy President, William Ruto flew to the neighbouring country to campaign for Museveni, bringing to the fore their friendly ties.

    DP Ruto drummed up support for President Museveni in Sebei region, Uganda, where the incumbent President was facing a hostile reception due to unfulfilled promises.

    Accompanied by Endebess Member of Parliament Robert Pukose and Trans-Nzoia Senator Henry ole Ndiema, the delegation joined President Museveni in rallies and helped rally the Sabiny people to vote for Museveni.

    The Sabiny people speak Kupsabiny, a Kalenjin dialect spoken by other smaller groups of Kalenjin stock around Mount Elgon.

    Jubilee Politicians allied to the DP - Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai and Ruto’s personal assistant Farouk Kibet - also made frequent trips to the neighbour State to campaign for President Museveni.

    Mr Tunai and Mr Kibet would later pay a courtesy call on President Museveni at his home in Rwakitura, Uganda, where he reportedly thanked them for his support and they extended a warm welcome for the President to tour the Maasai Mara National Park.

    The extent of the ties is, however, unclear considering the Jubilee administration led by President Uhuru Kenyatta has on several occasions locked horns with Uganda over Migingo Island which both countries claim ownership.

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