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President Uhuru Kenyatta is Not Kenyans


President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday night made an unusual step of congratulating his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in a controversial election victory. He was followed immediately by Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza whose own third term sparked violence last year, but who said he was sending “warmest congratulations” to President Museveni’s “well-deserved” re-election. It was the first time President Kenyatta had been so quick in acknowledging election results, even as other leaders in the East African region stayed away from Ugandan politics. 

His statement read in part: “I am very pleased to congratulate His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni on his re-election as President of the Republic of Uganda. The people of Uganda have spoken, and they have spoken very clearly. We respect their choice of President Museveni. Kenya values its close friendship with Uganda. That friendship is founded on a common history, a common culture, and common interests. We look forward to continuing the work that both our nations have already done, together and in concert with the EA Community, the AU and IGAD. He and Uganda can count on my support, and my friendship, as well as that of their brothers and sisters in Kenya. 

This did not find any safe landing in the ears and eyes of many Kenyans. It is suspect how and why the Kenyatta was very fast to congratulate Museveni. It should bee remembered that in a recent election in Tanzania, Kenyatta took about 5 days before congratulating Dr. Magufuli. Two; the elections in Uganda have been largely criticised at having operated outside the realm of all known benchmarks of democratic, free, fair and credible polls. Could this fact have bypassed the President in his busy schedule? How come he said that the people of Uganda have spoken and spoken clearly? Or what did he mean by the people of Uganda speaking clearly? Again there is rumours in Uganda that President Museveni had some input in Uhuru's ascendancy to power. Is President Kenyatta indebted to Museveni such that he has to return such gestures very fast? Also Kenya is heading to an election next year what does this swift congratulatory message to Museveni in an election that has been largely held as a total sham speak to President Kenyatta's conception of elections? Of course some people have since argued that President Kenyatta had to do this since Uganda is one of Kenya's biggest markets but did the President weigh his words in terms of other tracks of diplomacy or did he dwell only at track one diplomacy? What, for instance, will happen if Ugandans decided to boycott Kenyan goods en masse? 

As you can see there are many valid questions to be asked. No wonder some Kenyans feel the President's views do not necessarily represent those of all Kenyans. Therefore I might not be very wrong, but I could be, but then I think that while in the spirit of our supreme constitution the President is a symbol of national unity, a figure around whom we rally together as a nation...but upon congratulating Museveni, President Kenyatta acted in a manner that leaves us with no option but regard him as a private citizen on this particular matter. In his message to Museveni he must have done it as a citizen of Kenya and out of his personal friendship with Uganda's dictator. 
President Uhuru Kenyatta is Not Kenyans President Uhuru Kenyatta is Not Kenyans Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on February 22, 2016 Rating: 5

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