Museveni Boosts Diplomatic Ties With Kenya Ahead Of Elections In August

President Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni is said to be alive to a possibility of a Raila Odinga presidency in Kenya, his regime is no longer tolerating any form of harassment of Kenyans on the disputed ownership of the one acre Migingo Island by Ugandas security forces

By The Weekly Vision Online

 Uganda appears to have started improving its diplomatic ties with Kenya ahead of the August 9 general election. The move is perhaps a clear sign by Ugandan authorities who have realised that Raila Odinga will likely be president in Kenya after August, and they don’t want to muddy the waters even further. Uganda has in two short days released several fishing boats that had been seized from Kenyan fishermen.

 According to a confidential source in Kampala, President Yoweri Museveni appears to have chosen a hands-off strategy regarding the Migingo Island issue. The Ugandan strongman who first seized power in 1986 and is still in charge to date is said to be keen on stopping the harassment of Kenya fishermen by Uganda’s security forces on the lake.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been a harsh critic of President Museveni, he is highly tipped to win the August 9th presidential election in Kenya, he has in the past accused President Museveni of harassing Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria

 The Arusha based EAC secretariat brokered a truce between Kenya and Uganda regarding the tiny island on Lake Victoria in 2010-12 allowing security personnel from both countries to patrol the island as a team. But Kenyans on the island still accuse the Ugandan police of harassment. The issue of Migingo is close to ODM leader Raila Amolo Odinga, whose home county of Siaya torches the lakeside.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been a harsh critic of President Museveni, he is highly tipped to win the August 9th presidential election in Kenya. Mr Odinga has in the past accused President Museveni of harassing Kenyan fishermen on the Lake Victoria waters which goes against the spirit of East African cooperation.

 The EAC custom treaty signed in 2009 by all three countries with shores on Lake Victoria agreed for free movement of people and goods. Museveni is said to be alive to a possibility of a Raila presidency that would scarcely tolerate harassment of Kenyans on the dispute one-acre Migingo island. Nyatike MP Tom Mboya Odege under whom Migingo falls has been urging the two countries to agree on an amicable settlement in the spirit of East African Cooperation. Mr Odege said the two sister states have more that unites and binds them than that which divides stressing that Uganda is Kenya’s largest trading partner.

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