Amama quietly visits Kenya


Mbabazi and Uhuru in Cape Town South Africa [2013]

Amama Mbabazi visited the neighbouring Kenya over the weekend.

Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi Director Communications and Public Relations of JPAM media team, confirmed the development to Insider.

Nkangi told us Amama left Uganda on Sunday for the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

She said the presidential aspirant and former prime minister held private meetings while in Nairobi.

Asked to comment on social media reports that Amama had travelled with Kizza Besigye, Mugisha Muntu and Olara Otunnu to Kenya, Nkangi said she could not verify that.

“I didn’t see Besigye travelling with him. So I can’t say anything about it.”

The reports also indicated Amama and group had gone to meet CORD leader and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.

“Those are rumours and I don’t respond to rumours,” Nkangi said in response.

Asked what exactly prompted Amama’s Kenyan visit, Nkangi said he had a right as a citizen to visit Kenya on private business.

The last time Amama mingled with Kenyans was when he was still Prime Minister.

He met members of the Public Accounts Committee of the Kenyan Parliament who were led by then PAC committee Chairman, Ababu Namwamba, an opposition member of Parliament from Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD)under the leadership of Raila Odinga.

During the meeting at his then office [now occupied by Ruhakana Rugunda], Mbabazi gave an insight into Uganda’s institutional and legal framework which he said has been built since NRM came to power in 1986, adding that fighting corruption was part of their Ten Point Programme.

In 2013, Mbabazi also held private talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the sidelines of the 23rd World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The two leaders sat one-on-one in the private meeting that lasted about 30 minutes at Westin Hotel in Cape Town South Africa.

Per now, the details of Amama’s weekend visit to Kenya remain unknown.

However, it is known that Raila has no kind words for President Yoweri Museveni who he recently accused of influencing Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame to rule for life.

Raila was also at the centre of Uganda-Kenya sugar wars in which he clashed with Museveni.

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