To many Ugandans, President Yoweri Museveni’s handshake would be nothing if not accompanied with a sackful or money.
However, the more than 30-years Ugandan president’s empty handshake meant a big deal to a Kenyan mother of twins during the recent African leaders meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.
“I have greeted ministers, but had never greeted a President in my life; not even our own President. It was a shock when we noticed that it was President Museveni walking on the street. We stopped to give him way. We we’re actually surprised that he was walking yet all Presidents we’re being chauffeured. He walked towards us and greeted us. It was such an honour. He is a down to earth person. He asked if the babies are twins and where we come from. We we’re humbled by his gesture,” said the two women identified as Jane Otieno and Nosi Kekana Amolo.
It all started when President Museveni who was supposed to take a Lunch Break at the Hotel InterContinental moved out the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) where 23 heads of state were attending the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, Kenyan media reported.
The President Museveni whose 30-years of leadership in Uganda were extended for another five year term in the February 2016 elections is reported to have told his entourage comprising security and other government officials to walk to the hotel if it was okay and took the lead.
He spotted two women rolling a pram with two babies and walked towards them to shake their hands.
The President asked the mother if the babies were twins of which the mother replied “Yes they are “.
He told the women that most East African cultures celebrate twins and meeting with them demands that you give them a gift, a thing he did before walking to the hotel.