The Ugandan army has dismissed as “totally false, alarmist and misleading”, claims that it intends to deploy military units in Kenya in the wake of a disputed presidential election.
Several people have been killed in recent days after opposition supporters took to the streets to protest the reelection of Uhuru Kenyatta as president.
While Uhuru extended an arm of friendship and cooperation to the opposition, his main challenger Raila Odinga has urged his supporters not to appear at their workplaces on Monday.
Raila further said he would reveal the opposition’s next course of action on Tuesday, stoking tension in the East African country.
The political developments in Kenya have threatened to plunge the region into chaos hence destabilizing economies that hugely rely on Mombasa Port for imports.
In the wake of this unpredictable situation, a Ugandan media house claimed UPDF was ready to move into Kenya.
But army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire dismissed reports that “UPDF is on standby to support security operations in Kenya,” adding, “It is also not true that we deployed after the last election and evacuated the Kenyan president to Uganda.”
He added: “The UPDF wishes to totally denounce these allegations which are totally false, alarmist and misleading.”
Karemire said there “are absolutely no such preparations and no team of officers has been sent out to Kenya in preparation for such.”
He emphasized that, “The Republic of Kenya is a sovereign country and as such, its security and that of its people are exclusively within their domain.”
The Kenyan media in 2007 reported that dozens of Ugandan soldiers were deployed in the country to quell the post-election violence.
But Uganda vehemently denied the charge, citing lack of evidence.
Karemire said the “Kenyan people have spoken about their choice of government through their recently concluded elections.”
He said the Uganda government and “indeed the UPDF has neither received such request on deployment nor is there a situation that warrants it.”
The UPDF, 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.”