The national army has dismissed as false reports claiming that it deployed to the volatile neighbouring Kenya and evacuated President Uhuru Kenyatta to Uganda.
“UPDF has not, and will not deploy in Kenya,” Brig Richard Karemire said Sunday, disputing reports alleging that UPDF is on standby to support security operations in Kenya.
“It is also not true that we deployed after the last election and evacuated the Kenyan president to Uganda,” the army spokesperson insisted.
He denounced the allegations as totally false, alarmist and misleading, saying there are absolutely no such preparations and no team of officers has been sent out to Kenya in preparation for such.
Brig Karemire said the Republic of Kenya is a sovereign country and as such, its security and that of its people are exclusively within their domain.
He explained that the Kenyan people have spoken about their choice of government through their recently concluded elections.
Karemire said Uganda government and indeed the UPDF has neither received such request on deployment nor is there a situation that warrants it.
“We however, reiterate our commitment to work with all our fraternal neighbours within the existing frameworks such as the East Africa Community (EAC), East African Standby Force (EASF) etc.”
He said UPDF takes strong exception to this reckless reporting and will consider taking appropriate legal measures to stop this wayward and irresponsible reporting.
“Our readers should therefore ignore in entirety the contents in this article that is not written in good faith.”
Protests in Kenya
The reports came after Kenya’s defeated opposition leader, Raila Odinga, announced he would announce his strategy on Tuesday after an election he claims was stolen from him, and told his supporters to stay away from work.
“We had predicted they will steal the election and that’s what happened. We are not done yet. We will not give up. Wait for the next course of action which I will announce the day after tomorrow,” he told a heaving crowd of supporters in Nairobi’s largest slum, Kibera.
“But for now, I want to tell you not to go to work on Monday.”
Residents of Kibera climbed on to roof tops and hung off trees to catch sight of Odinga, who was speaking for the first time since his rival President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor Friday in a poll he claims was massively rigged.
The decision sparked immediate protests in Odinga’s strongholds in western Kenya and Nairobi slums including Kibera and Mathare, which have left at least 16 people dead.
“This is a failed regime that is resorting to killing people instead of addressing the real issue. The vote was stolen. There’s no secret about that,” said Odinga.