Ruto denies campaigning for Museveni


Deputy President Ruto with President Museveni at Kapchorwa State Lodge

Kenya deputy president, William Ruto, has dismissed as false reports that he is in Uganda to campaign for President Yoweri Museveni.

Ruto who is in Kapchorwa at the invitation Museveni on Wednesday addressed a joint press conference at State Lodge Kapchorwa.

Recently, Ruto called NRM losers and met them in Kenya raising eyebrows among critics.

Speaking on the mater, Museveni said Ruto’s alleged interest in the NRM was a “rumour”.

“My presence here is not to campaign for Museveni,” Ruto started by denying.

“He [Museveni] has enough experience to campaign for himself and has been doing that for a longtime.”

Ruto said Museveni doesn’t require the support of Kenyans to campaign for him, insisting that was an affair of Ugandans.

“My visit is to confirm and underscore partnership between the two countries on projects that will brings region’s people together,” Ruto said.

Ruto agreed five years ago, he attended the launch of NRM Manifesto in Kampala “to borrow experiences to improve and learn”.

He said there was value in rallying people behind political parties because it helps avoid ‘ethnicisation’ of politics.

“Building political parties is part of building democracy. We can only share wealth. We can’t share poverty. That is why we need to overcome challenges.”

He said the power to choose who leads Uganda lies in the hands of Ugandans.

Terror and development

He revealed that there will be a meeting of Heads of State in Kigali tomorrow on the infrastructure development of region.

According to Ruto, the Kenyan side has finished a number of stages related to construction of Standard Gauge Railway.

He said there are major projects Uganda, Kenya governments are jointly working on.

“I agree with President Museveni on EAC. We are beyond closing borders between Uganda and Kenya.”

He said under COMESA, Kenyans have a right to prioritise Ugandan sugar if there is a shortage in Kenya.

Ruto said the recent sugar wars were sparked by some politicians who tried to play politics following what two leaders had agreed on.

“I had no problem with meeting between Raila Odinga and Ugandan politicians. This is a free society.”

He hailed Uganda for disarming all its people saying Kenya is also resolved to do the same.

“Collaboration is key. We have challenges of security on both sides. Uganda is ahead of us on the matter of curbing cattle rustling.”

He said Kenya will continuously pursue the fight against terror.

“The Fence we said we are building along border with Somalia is on course. We are committed to fight against terrorism.”

Terrorism, according to Ruto, is a serious international threat which has been reported everywhere and calls for concerted efforts to stop it.



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