Kenyatta defies Obama, backs Museveni on term limits


Kenyatta, Museveni and Ruto outside Ugandan parliament

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has showed his support for Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni on dismissing US president, Barack Obama’s term limits talk.

Kenyatta who is in Uganda for a 3-day visit was holding a joint press conference with Museveni at State House Entebbe.

At the same conference, Museveni told press he was not responsible for what Obama talks about African leaders and didn’t even care because he is in power because people vote him.

“I don’t know what Mr. Obama meant by being in power for long, I am in power because I am elected.”

Museveni continued: “I’m still popular. I have no apologies to make to Obama.”

Museveni said Uganda rejected term limits because Africa isn’t backward because of that.

“Those who focus on term limits, we don’t think are correct.”

Obama had told African leaders in Ethiopia that their over stay in power was stifling democracy saying he saw no reason why a leader would chose to rule for life.

With Museveni and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe in context, Obama said there was nothing like president for life.

Kenyatta backs Museveni

Meanwhile, Obama’s Kenyan brother, Kenyatta, also defied him and chose to support his nearest brother, Museveni.

When the same question was put to him by the press in Entebbe, Kenyatta said what mattered was the will of the people.

“What is important is to respect political will of the people,” he said.

“There is no single formula for all of us Presidents.”

Museveni had reminded him that having term limits in Kenya was their problem because here in Uganda, “we said we can get new leaders through elections”.

Kenyatta reminded press that he was just going into his third term.

“Why are you addressing me?” he threw back the question.

“Allow people to choose their leaders through the ballot. Popular will of the people must be respected,” he clarified.

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