With Deputy President William Ruto’s previously regular trips to the neighbouring country of Uganda having come to a sudden and abrupt stop, son to the Ugandan leader Muhoozi Kainerugaba is now revealing suggestive information.
Following a trip to Kenya, president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s son announced on his Twitter handle that he had just had the honour and pleasure of meeting the Kenyan president whom he referred to as his brother.
He further went on to say that his father had sent him with what he termed as a special message for president Uhuru. His tweet read,
It was an honour and pleasure to meet my big brother and friend President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi recently.
I also delivered to him a special message from H.E. @KagutaMuseveni
A dispatch from State House said Muhoozi, the Commander of Land Forces in Uganda, met with the Kenyan leader to discuss various issues of “interest to Kenya and Uganda.”
“Among the issues discussed included the restoration of peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it added.
This was the third meeting between President Kenyatta and Lt-Gen Muhoozi in just under a year, even though the previous two have been informal meetings.
Lt-Gen Kainerugaba is the presumptive political heir-apparent to the Ugandan leader and has lately been his special envoy.
In February, he helped broker a deal that led to the reopening of the Rwanda-Uganda land border, closed three years ago after the two countries bickered on hosting dissidents.
Both Kenya and Uganda are heavily invested in a peace bid in eastern DRC, where conflict has erupted continually for the last 30 years.
Last month, Nairobi launched an initiative, endorsed by East African Community member states, to persuade fighters to choose dialogue with the government of President Felix Tshisekedi, in exchange for amnesty programmes and rehabilitation.
But that nascent initiative is facing early threats after the M23 armed group, one of the militias invited for talks, relaunched attacks on the Congolese army, as Kinshasa accused Rwanda of supporting militias inside DRC. Kigali has since denied the accusations.
By Kenyan report