Raila Odinga pulls a fast one on Uganda at Dubai Expo

Mr Raila Odinga in Dubai

Sources in Dubai recounted to The Weekly Vision how Mr Odinga and Kenya’s trade delegation pulled a fast one on Kampala when making a presentation that captured the world-famous wild game-rich Maasai Mara contrasted graphically with the lush churning waterfalls of River Nile

By The Weekly Vision Online

Long-serving Uganda strongman President Yoweri Museveni is not somebody you would usually easily wrong foot, at least not in public, yet somehow Kenya’s former prime minister Raila Odinga did exactly that at the ongoing Dubai Expo world trade conference.

Sources in Dubai recounted to The Weekly Vision how Mr Odinga and Kenya’s trade delegation pulled a fast one on Kampala. Kenya’s tourism presentation captured the world-famous wild game-rich Maasai Mara contrasted graphically with the lush churning waterfalls of River Nile. An impression was created that the Nile source is actually in Kenya.

The 30-minute clip showed graphic scenes of crocodiles at the Nile source in Jinja, some 350 kilometres east of Kampala. A visibly disturbed Museveni is said to have sat perplexed as Kenya tourism marketers “hijacked” the river Nile for a moment!

The “Nile’ fiasco at the Dubai went a notch higher as the Kenya team even showcased the rare mountain gorillas in remote western Uganda border with DR Congo

A fuming Museveni is said to have later given Uganda’s delegation a dressing down, repeatedly muttering “when I saw Laila (Raila) I knew all was not well” Apparently out-foxed, Museveni is said to have later engaged Mr Odinga in light banter during a banquet putting on a brave face.

An impression was created that the source of the Nile is actually in Kenya

President Museveni has been in power since 1986, he is said to have no love lost for Raila Odinga despite being age-mates and at one-time political allies! Museveni is backing deputy president William Ruto in Kenya’s 2022 elections. Ruto and Odinga are necks to neck in a bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The “Nile’ fiasco at the Dubai went a notch higher as the Kenya team even showcased the rare mountain gorillas in remote western Uganda border with DR Congo! Mr Odinga had his revenge over Museveni whom he has kept accusing Uganda soldiers of harassing Kenyan fishermen in Migingo island.

The ex-premier insists the one and a half acre rich in fish stocks island on Lake Victoria belongs to Kenya. Efforts at resolving the boundary dispute have not yielded many results. Both Uganda and Kenya have deployed security personnel and erected national flags there. Museveni is widely said to be apprehensive of a possible Raila presidency in 2022 that could escalate tensions over the island.

President Uhuru and his deputy Ruto have largely kept clear of the issue throughout their 10-year tenure. Despite Kenyan fishermen constantly accusing Uganda’s security personnel of harassment.

Nyatike MP Tom Mboya Odege whose constituency includes the disputed island has repeatedly called for a peaceful resolution. Mr Odege has urged the two sister states to work out an amicable solution and condemned the harassment of Kenyan fishermen. He said this went against the East African spirit of regional cooperation.

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