President Yoweri Museveni has on Tuesday arrived in Kenya where he will attend the inauguration of the country’s President-elect, William Ruto, Kasarani later today.
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Museveni was received by Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda H.E. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) George Aggrey Owino.
Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes in the August 9 presidential elections beating closest rival Raila Odinga who got 6,942,930 votes.
President Museveni was among the first African leaders to congratulate Ruto upon his victory. Museveni reached Ruto by phone call immediately after being declared Victor by electoral body before congratulating him on social media. The President did the same even when Supreme Court upheld Ruto’s victory.
Museveni and Ruto enjoy good relations. The pair in July last year laid a foundation stone for the multibillion Biological Drugs and mRNA Vaccine manufacturing facility at Matugga in Wakiso District.
At the event, Museveni welcomed Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto whom he described as ‘a very committed East African’ for working with the Equity Bank to secure funding for the project.
On his part, Ruto said he was representing East Africans living in Kenya as a demonstration of brotherhood of East African nations.
Meanwhile, various leaders from Africa and around the world continue to arrive in Kenya for today’s inauguration. These include Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Emerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Felix Tshisekedi of DRC.
Others are Christian Wulff Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, Azali Assoumani of Comoros, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi and Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania among others.