Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, is playing the big brother role in stabilizing the fragile politics of Kenya following the disputed presidential elections in 2022.
Kenya was plunged into civil unrest when Raila Odinga, who lost to William Somei Ruto, rallied his supporters to take to streets to protest the outcomes of the elections and resultant court petition ruling.
The protests have dealt a big blow to the Kenyan economy spilling over to neighboring neighbors like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo and South Sudan that depend on Kenya for regional and international trade.
The recent mandaamano protests have been chaotic, bringing regional trade to a standstill. Traders in Uganda involved the East African Community as a bloc to ensure the impasse in Kenya is handled.
With Odinga and William Ruto, the winner of the 2022 elections, failing to agree, Museveni thought it right to intervene to find a lasting solution, political pundits say.
Just recently, former Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, who many suspect to be funding mandaamano through Odinga, was in Uganda to meet Museveni. The meeting at State House Entebbe was held on 5th of August 2023.
It is believed that resolving the Kenya political problem was high on their agenda. And now, just a week after Kenyatta was here, President William Ruto has visited the Ugandan president.
State House in Entebbe has not said much of the visit on Sunday, 13th of August 2023, for now, but a statement by Presidential Press Unit (PPU) said the two leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.