President William Samoei Ruto, on Sunday, August 13 held discussions with the Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House, Entebbe.
According to a press statement on the working visit by President Ruto, the Government of Uganda stated that during the brief meeting, the two Presidents discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.
“I thank President William Samoei Ruto for paying me a visit this evening at State House Entebbe. We discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest,” President Museveni said.
Further, President Museveni shared a video showing how Ruto arrived at State House Entebbe, briefs of the discussion sessions and how he left.
Taking to his Twitter page, President Ruto confirmed the visit stating that he held talks with President Museveni on matters of mutual interest especially trade, security, and agriculture.
“Kenya and Uganda have a firm partnership based on decades of East African brotherhood, strong cooperation, and consistent engagement,” said Ruto.
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The visit by President Ruto to State House Entebbe came exactly a week after his predecessor former President Uhuru Kenyatta made visited Uganda as a peace facilitator for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
President Museveni held a closed-door meeting with Uhuru Kenyatta, on August 5 where Uhuru informed Museveni of the ongoing peace process in the eastern region of the DRC.
“Without divulging into details of the meeting, the Presidential Press Unit (PPU) stated, “The Presidential Press Unit (PPU) wishes to inform the General Public that the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Gen. (Rtd) Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has today, 5th of August 2023, met the former President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, the facilitator of the Democratic Republic of Congo Peace Process, at State House, Entebbe,’ said the Government of Uganda.
Also, in attendance was Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Brigadier (Rtd) Elijah Mwanyika, and Uganda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, John Mulimba.
“I received former President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, in his capacity as the facilitator of the Democratic Republic of Congo Peace Process. We had meaningful discussions and I thank him for coming,” said Museveni.
Further, Museveni said he received reports of the stakeholders on the Congo peace process during the meeting.
In addition, he thanked Uhuru and his secretariat for continuing to facilitate the EAC- led Nairobi peace process.
Ruto Uganda Trip Saga 2021
In 2021 August, Ruto who was the then deputy president was blocked from travelling to neighbouring Uganda.
According, Ruto who was supposed to be in Uganda for an unknown mission was stopped from boarding a flight and asked to seek clearance before being cleared.
“We are surprised the Deputy President was denied clearance to go on a planned private visit to Uganda. It is our officers who always handle his travel and this time, they were told, that he must get clearance from Immigration to fly out. In all his travels, all these years, this has not happened,” said David Mugonyi, the communication secretary in Ruto’s office.
Further, Ruto’s office stated that he needed no permission to travel to other countries.