Ruto Clarifies on Why Suluhu, Kagame and Museveni absence from Kenya’s 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations


Ruto Clarifies on Why Suluhu, Kagame and Museveni absence from Kenya’s 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations

President William Ruto refuted allegations of worsening diplomatic ties between Kenya and its East African Community (EAC) counterparts on Sunday.

The Head of State asserted that Kenya’s relationships with Uganda and Tanzania are in excellent shape, dismissing suggestions that the absence of President Museveni and Samia Suluhu from Kenya’s 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations indicated strained relations.


“Do I attend the national days of other countries? No, does that mean there is a problem?” “No.”

“The relations between me and Museveni are perfect; the relationship between Kenya and Tanzania is perfect,” President Ruto said.

He clarified that it is not a customary practice for Heads of State to participate in such celebrations, citing that he, similarly, does not attend the National Days of other nations.

“Do they normally attend our Jamhuri day?” President Ruto posed, “No,” “How do you ask about the absence of a person who is normally absent?”

President Ruto mentioned in a round table discussion with journalists at State House on Sunday that Kenya’s neighboring countries, such as Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania, were not extended invitations to the celebrations.

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“We didn’t invite them; some of them came because we are East Africans,” he added.

A significant portion of the apparent disparities between Kenya and its neighboring countries arises from public statements made by the Tanzanian and Ugandan presidents.

President Suluhu, for instance, made remarks during a public Islamic event in Zanzibar, suggesting that investors were increasingly choosing Tanzania as their favored investment destination after observing that the ‘neighbors were in turmoil.’

“Kati ya mwezi wa May na Juni, tumepokea wawekezaji wengi mno. Lakini ukitizama sababu ni nini. Sababu ni kwamba kwa jirani kunawaka moto…” she said during Kenya’s heightened anti-government protests.

Similarly, President Museveni, in a parallel development, reduced dependence on Kenya for the importation of petroleum products in November.

Instead, Uganda opted to engage bulk and refinery suppliers directly to secure more cost-effective petroleum products.

During this period, Uganda was importing over 90% of its petroleum products through the Port of Mombasa in Kenya and the remaining portion through the Dar es Salaam Port in Tanzania.

President Museveni asserted that Uganda had been procuring these products from intermediaries in Kenya at excessively high prices, aggravating the nation’s fuel shortage.

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“Without my knowledge, our wonderful People were buying this huge quantity of petroleum products from middlemen in Kenya,” Museveni wrote on X.

“A whole country buying from middlemen in Kenya or anywhere else!! Amazing but true.”

Additionally, he emphasized that it is more economically efficient for Uganda to directly procure petroleum products from refineries abroad and transport them to Uganda through the routes passing through Kenya and Tanzania.

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Ruto Clarifies on Why Suluhu, Kagame and Museveni absence from Kenya’s 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations



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