Ruto joins Museveni’s campaign team
By DAVID KWALIMWA
President Yoweri Museveni has reached out to Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto to assist in his election campaigns in Kapchorwa District, after the Ugandan leader received intelligence reports suggesting he had lost considerable support on the ground to his rival Amama Mbabazi.
This is according to a report on Uganda’s NBS TV.
On Wednesday, Ruto joined the 71 year old president in day-long campaign rallies in Kapchorwa District.
The DP addressed thousands of supporters in the region that is mostly dominated by the Sebei community, who are distant cousins of the Kalenjins in Kenya. The DP spoke in English, Kiswahili and vernacular.
The two leaders later addressed a press conference where Ruto hit out at two Ugandan opposition candidates Mbabazi and Kiiza Besigye for meeting Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Mbabazi and Besigye, who are considered to be Museveni’s main challengers in the presidential elections set for next year, reportedly met the Cord leader in Nairobi earlier this year and discussed the possibility of forming a coalition.
“I said then that they (Uganda’s opposition) came to meet people who lose (elections). I did not have a problem with them meeting, all I said then is that they could only have learnt lessons on how to lose,” the DP is quoted to have said.
This is the fourth time in the past six weeks that the Kenyan DP is actively engaging in Ugandan politics.
First he attended the country’s prayer day and independence day celebrations in Kampala and Gulu. Then Ruto, on two separate occasions, met Ugandan politicians from the Sebei region who had lost in the NRM primaries in Eldoret and Nairobi.