President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday night made an unusual step of congratulating, then received stick for it, his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in a controversial election victory.
It was the first time President Kenyatta had been so quick in acknowledging election results, even as other leaders in the East African region stayed away from Ugandan politics.
“I am very pleased to congratulate His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni on his re-election as President of the Republic of Uganda. The people of Uganda have spoken, and they have spoken very clearly.
We respect their choice of President Museveni,” President Kenyatta wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday evening, hours after the Ugandan Electoral Commission declared Museveni the winner.
“Kenya values its close friendship with Uganda. That friendship is founded on a common history, a common culture, and common interests. We look forward to continuing the work that both our nations have already done, together and in concert with the EA Community, the AU and IGAD.
“He and Uganda can count on my support, and my friendship, as well as that of their brothers and sisters in Kenya,” wrote President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta’s message that was also replicated on his Twitter page immediately became a topic for condemnation as some Kenyans ganged up on social media to dissociate themselves from it.
One cheeky social media user wrote: “I regret on behalf of people of Kenya. The views [President] Kenyatta has expressed here are personal and do not reflect wishes of Kenyans.
“We stand with our brothers in Uganda this trying moments of their democracy when election is rigged and people intimidated.”
Actually, since President Uhuru Kenyatta is the Kenyan Head of State, he can legally represent the views of all Kenyans. The problem though was that the statement was made as other East African leaders remained silent and election observers in Kampala could not agree on whether the election had been free and fair.”
CREDIT: Daily Nation