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How President Uhuru Convinced Uganda’s Museveni to Accept the Possibility of a Raila Presidency

President Uhuru Kenyatta has managed to convince Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni that Raila Odinga is a good person and would not interfere in Uganda’s internal affairs when elected President in Kenya.

According to sources close to State House and Uganda’s leadership, Museveni who has been so resistant to the possibility of a Luo or related ethnic group taking leadership in the region has now thawed to the idea and accepted that possibility.

President Museveni has been cagey about the threats of anyone from the Luo community assuming leadership in the region that some have even blamed him for the death of South Sudan’s first vice president John Garang in a 2005 plane crash.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba has been in Kenya twice or thrice since September while Deputy President William Ruto’s trips to the East African country seem to have been permanently blocked as of August 2021.

Garang died in the crash on 30 July 2005, hours after meeting President Museveni in Kampala while traveling in Museveni’s official Mi-172 military helicopter which he (Museveni) personally released to transport the newly inaugurated VP.

Garang died just three weeks after being appointed Sudan’s first vice president and six months after the long-drawn-out war between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The war ended with the signing of the peace agreement in Nairobi.

The presence of ethnic Luos in Ethiopia, DRC, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Kenya has been a cause of concern for Museveni who faced an internal rebellion in the Northern part of Uganda which is dominated by the Ugandan Luos (Acholi, Lango, Alur, Jopadhola, and Luo).

President Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba who is also the UPDF commander of land forces has been a regular visitor in Kenya after Uhuru managed to cut Ruto’s forays into Uganda to not only get his regular money transfer but also cement his relationship with the Ugandan leader who hated Raila with a passion.

Ruto is believed to have invested a great deal of his wealth in Uganda and also managed to seek help of President Museveni to rig him or help him get Kenyan leadership in the 2022 elections. In August 2021, President Uhuru managed to stop DP Ruto from flying to Uganda, forcing Uganda to give a vague explanation of Ruto’s forays into Uganda.

Ruto is believed to not only have relied on Uganda to keep his wealth safe but also to learn key strategies of Uganda’s ruling NRM which he used to launch UDA and popularize it in the country.

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Written by Kahawa Tungu


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