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Museveni Meets Kenya’s Ruto, Odinga at Kisozi

President Museveni has met Kenya’s President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Uganda. 

“The Presidential Press Unit (PPU) wishes to inform the general public that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda, Gen. (Rtd). Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has held a productive meeting with His Excellency, William Samoei Ruto, the President of the Republic of Kenya, this afternoon at his Kisozi farm,” the statement sent from State House Kenya reads in part.

State House said the “leaders discussed matters of mutual interest between Uganda and Kenya.”

However, Ruto said “we discussed critical issues that affect our two countries such as energy and petroleum.”

The trio in a chat at Kisozi

Uganda recently took Kenya to the East African Court of Justice after Nairobi blocked its use of its pipeline to transport fuel.

Uganda, which imports 90 percent of its petroleum products through Kenya, has been trying to diversify its trade routes.

Kampala is now considering building the required infrastructure to have most of its imports going through Tanzania. 

Ruto and Raila in a private discussion

“Kenya and Uganda are committed to the deepening of the long-established diplomatic and economic ties between our two countries,” said Ruto.

“This relationship includes bringing all the seven East African Community nations closer in their ultimate goal to form the East African Political Federation.”

The Kenyan leader also disclosed that the meeting discussed the “declared candidacy of Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the Africa Union Commission chairmanship.”

At a recent press conference, Raila Odinga observed: “If the leadership of Africa desires my services, I am prepared and offer myself to serve this continent. I am ready to pursue the chairmanship of the African Union.”

Odinga intends to replace Chad’s Moussa Faki who will retire next year after concluding his two-term tenure. 

Ruto and Raila are political rivals in Kenya. 

Raila lost to Ruto in the 2022 presidential election. 

Raila would later mobilise demonstrations in Kenya to protest the high cost of living in the country. 

It remains unclear if Museveni also intended to reconcile the two Kenyan politicians.

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