SURPRISE VISIT: Kenya Premier Odinga In Uganda


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President Museveni and his visitor were later joined by Bob McMullan, the special envoy of the Australian Prime Minister to Uganda and Tanzania.

Museveni and his guests reviewed the progress of the deliberations made during the recent London Conference on Somalia. They also discussed other regional and international issues.

State Minister for International Affairs Okello Oryem, attended the meeting. Others at the meeting included the High Commissioner of Australia in Uganda Geoff Tooth and the Australian Honorary Consul to Uganda Patrick Bitature.

The trip comes hardly a month when Museveni travelled to Kenya to fundraise for a University fund. Museveni even slept at Odinga’s home in Kisumu.

Observers say Odinga is wooing Museveni’s support for the Kenyan presidential election campaigns expected this year.

Odinga campaigned for Museveni in 2011 presidential elections.

Museveni today introduced the Kenyan Prime Minister to participants of the on-going country-wide zonal conference on poverty alleviation and enterprise selection from the Acholi Sub-Region.

“I was meeting the Kenyan Prime Minister Mr. Raila Odinga and I told him that he has his kins-people around. That is why I brought him to greet you,” he said attracting a thunderous applause from over 250 participants.

The Kenyan Prime Minister, who expressed his gratitude to be in the country and by coincidence meet Acholi leaders attending the conference, emphasized the need for the people of East Africa who share a lot in common, to unite.

“I am happy to be here. I have come to say Jambo,” the beaming visiting Kenyan Premier greeted leaders from Acholi Sub-Region, who equally reciprocated with the same enthusiasm. He expressed his optimism that unity among the people of the region would be rekindled like the days of attaining independence.

“I believe very strongly that it is possible. Break the barriers at the common border and unite as one people. If two countries are ready to unite, let them do so; others can join later”, he stressed amid thunderous applause from the Acholi leaders.

Raila Odinga who sang a song of his late father Jaramogi Odinga, encouraging the East African countries to unite, also reminisced his childhood days when he was brought to Uganda by his late father on a visit to all towns in the country.

He said all institutions that were killed in the name if independent states, needed to be rekindled in the spirit of the East African unity.


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