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Kenya’s succession politics sucks in Uganda causing fears of diplomatic row

By Jeff Otieno
Posted on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 11:11

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Nairobi, Kenya on July 25, 2014. (Photo by Tom Maruko/Pacific Press/Sipa USA)

The fierce succession politics engulfing Kenya ahead of the general election next year has finally spilled beyond its borders sucking in its western neighbour, Uganda, and threatening to rock the cordial relations that the two East African countries have enjoyed for decades.

It all started with the aborted trip of the deputy president, William Ruto, to Uganda on 2 August after he was forced to wait for more than five hours at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for travel clearance that was never issued.

Explaining the reasons for the cancellation the following day, Kenya’s internal security permanent secretary, Karanja Kibicho, said the deputy president was barred from travelling because he lacked the necessary documents.

Humiliation?