Kenya deputy president, William Ruto, has laughed at Ugandan opposition for going to Kenya only to consult losers.
Last week, presidential candidates; Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye went to Kenya and met opposition CORD leader, Raila Odinga.
The pair was part of The Democratic Alliance leaders who over the weekend flew to Kenya to consult other alliances on how to remove President Yoweri Museveni.
Others included; Uganda People’s Congress leader, Olara Otunnu, Democratic Party leader Norbert Mao, Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general, Wasswa Biriggwa, the FDC national chairman, and Nathan Nandala-Mafabi, the FDC secretary general.
Yet, Besigye and Mbabazi once again disagreed on who should be the opposition joint candidate in 2016 elections.
Odinga, a sharp critic of Museveni, reminded Besigye and Mbabazi who both served in NRM government that to topple the president who has reigned for 30 years, they need a solid united front.
Odinga who now leads the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord), an alliance of the main opposition forces in Kenya, advised TDA bigwigs to remain united in order to help the opposition capture power lest they risk strengthen Museveni in their endless cold war.
Ruto weighs in
“Your competitors engaged the losers but not the ones in power,” Ruto told President Museveni while speaking at Uganda’s 53rd independence anniversary at Kaunda grounds in Gulu district.
“Your Excellency your competitors were in our country but they engaged people that are against unity,” Ruto continued.
He broke the bad news to TDA that their visit to Kenya was a futile venture.
He said TDA leaders engaged the “wrong people” instead of consulting those who won elections and are now in power [himself and President Uhuru Kenyatta].
Ruto praised Museveni for uniting Uganda saying East Africa was behind him.
He said Kenya shares the vision of NRM that is based on issues of transformation and prosperity.
“We assure you that the programme agreed upon will give us an opportunity to transform our region.”
Ruto said Kenya will work with Uganda to achieve all the infrastructure development agreed upon with President Kenyatta.
“Kenya has greatly benefited from the peace and stability of the region.
Ruto was recently in the news fighting with Raila in the infamous Uganda-Kenya sugar wars.