The UPDF leadership has denied media reports alleging that UPDF has been deployed to put down the unrest in Kenya that erupted after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the 2017 presidential elections. The Kenya opposition led by Raila Odinga claim the elections were massively rigged.
The Sunday Pepper carried a story alleging that the UPDF is on standby to support security operations in Kenya. In the story, the paper claims that UPDF evacuated the Kenyan president to Uganda in 2007 elections following unrest.
‘‘The UPDF wishes to totally denounce these allegations which are totally false, alarmist and misleading. There are absolutely no such preparations and no team of officers has been sent out to Kenya in preparation for such.’’ Reads a press release signed by the UPDF spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire
He added: The Republic of Kenya is a sovereign country and as such, its security and that of its people are exclusively within their domain. The Kenyan people have spoken about their choice of government through their recently concluded elections.
Mr. Karemire explained that Uganda government and indeed the UPDF has neither received such request on deployment nor is there a situation that warrants it. We however, reiterate our commitment to work with all our fraternal neighbours within the existing frameworks such as the East Africa Community(EAC), East African Standby Force (EASF) etc.
‘‘The UPDF takes strong exception to this reckless reporting and will consider taking appropriate legal measures to stop this wayward and irresponsible reporting. Our readers should therefore ignore in entirety the contents in this article that is not written in good faith.’’ he said