CORD leaders hit back at 'snoopy' Museveni
23 August 2015, 10:50
Nairobi - CORD leaders have hit back at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni over his remarks asking coalition leader Raila Odinga to keep his nose out of the Kenya/Uganda sugar deal.
Led by ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba, the leaders told Museveni to keep his nose out of Kenyan politics for the sake of the two countries' relations.
Ababu, in a press release told Museveni to not interfere with Kenyan politics.
" We respect that our brother (Museveni) has supported Kenyan businesses in the past and at present and that we also want Kenyan and Ugandan relations to be as good as they have been over the years," he said.
" However, it is our feeling that he must not meddle in Kenyan politics. That is a line he should not cross and must respect,".
" We understand that he has interest in the sugar deal but we feel that he has meddled in a place he should not. He should not interfere with natural processes such as the spat between Raila and Uhuru," he added.
Museveni was reacting over the uproar caused by the CORD leader and opposition chiefs over the deal that will see Kenya and Uganda trade in sugar.
Raila feels that the deal will undermine the already struggling local sugar industry but according to Museveni, the CORD leader is way in over his head.
" To be honest, I was surprised that my brother Raila Odinga was attacking the sugar deal. I will have to ring him and tell him please don’t waste our time, he said in Kampala Friday during a regional bloc meeting.
He said that Kenya owes Uganda a favour as it has for long supported Kenyan businesses.
" Ugandan sugar should go to Kenya without hindrance as Kenyan goods coming to Uganda without any hindrance,” he said.
Museveni said that the region owes Uganda a favour so as to protect its also not so stable industry.
" The community needs to buy Uganda sugar otherwise the industry will die and it will be a problem. Uganda has risen from the dead, now it’s producing sugar, milk, beef, maize and other products," he said.
He added that the discrepancy between the way Kenya has been supported by Uganda and vice versa was alarming.
" Kenyan exports to Uganda have been as many as $700 million compared to imports worth $150 million in the same period. You can see how much we have supported Kenya," he added.
He thanked President Kenyatta for agreeing to remove non-tariff barriers, deepen commercial ties and widen the regional market.
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