Statement by the Government of Uganda on the Current Situation in Kenya



The Government of Uganda wishes to address itself to the political situation in Kenya. The current situation in Kenya not only affects Kenyans but also their brothers and sisters in Uganda, and indeed, the region.

Since the current situation emerged, H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda has talked to both President Mwai Kibaki and Hon. Raila Odinga in an effort to reach a peaceful resolution of the situation, in the spirit of good neighbourliness and based on the historical bonds between the two peoples. H.E. President Museveni has also been in constant consultation with other leaders in the region on the situation.

It is in the interest of Uganda that a peaceful solution is found to the situation in Kenya. Uganda cannot, therefore, engage in any activity that would go against that spirit, as has been stated in some Dailies in Kenya.

The Government and people of Uganda wish, therefore, to assure our brothers and sisters in Kenya that there is no truth whatsoever in the allegations that the Government of Uganda deployed or intends to deploy its troops in Kenya or even engage in activities that would endanger the lives of our brothers and sisters in Kenya. On the contrary, Uganda is hosting a number of Kenyan refugees and is doing everything to ensure their safety and welfare, during this time of need.

Our bilateral relations with Kenya have always been excellent and the two countries have cooperated closely at bilateral and regional levels at EAC, IGAD, COMESA, GLR and together with other partners, we have been able to attain many positive achievements in the socio-economic and political spheres. These relations are premised in our two peoples’ natural and cultural similarities as well as social economic inter-dependence.

Uganda takes cognizance of the turbulent situation with the political divide, and that as a brotherly neighbouring country, Uganda wishes to appeal to all the belligerents to desist from any situation which may incite and interfere with the free movement of Ugandans and movement of goods from Kenya.

Uganda will continue to stand by our brothers and sisters in Kenya in the quest for a peaceful and lasting solution of the situation which Uganda is confident that the political warring parties in Kenya have the capacity to sort our their differences peacefully.

21 January 2008

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Of the Republic of Uganda


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