Government has written to the Kenyan Parliament accusing its MPs of meddling into Uganda’s political affairs which undermines the spirit of the East African Community Integration.
This was revealed by the Minister of State for East African Community Affairs, Julius Maganda Wandera while appearing before the Parliamentary committee on East African Community Affairs on Wednesday.
The Minister was responding to concerns raised by the committee members on the recent conduct of some legislators in Kenya who joined the campaign calling for the release Ugandan MPs who were in detention.
Kenya’s lawmakers including Jared Okelo (Nyando), Babu Owino (Embakasi East) and Gideon Keter (nominated) of the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association reportedly hurled insults at President Yoweri Museveni demanding that he releases Hon Robert Kyagulanyi and his colleagues in Arua.
The Kenyan MPs even threatened to stage a protest against the arrest and torture of their Ugandan counterparts at the Ugandan Embassy in Kenya before escalating it into Uganda.
The committee members noted that insults aimed at Uganda’s Head of State undermined the spirit of integration, and thus demanded that the MPs withdraw their statements.
“Kenyans including MPs came out and abused our president but nothing was done by the ministry. They were demanding our president to free Bobi Wine, as who?” asked Rukiga county MP, Caroline Kamusiime
Minister Wandera in response said that the ministry has already written to the Parliament of Kenya through Uganda’s Speaker demanding calling for the Kenyan MPs to apologize.
“We as a ministry have already taken note of the abusive language to our president by some Kenyan MPs. These comments don’t sound so well at the bi-lateral level and the spirit of East African Community where each member state is encouraged to run as a sovereign state,” Maganda said.
“We have written through the Speaker of Parliament to address her fellow Speaker in Kenya to make the MPs understand the rules of procedure and the diplomatic relationships and the messages that should be made on issues that pertains the partner state.”
“We want a comment to come out officially to either retract the statements or apologize or else we might seek through our embassy to have these matters placed before the President of Kenya.”
Maganda noted that these efforts are not aimed at affecting Uganda’s relationship with Kenya but cause the MPs to appreciate that they don’t meddle in the decision making of other countries where they don’t have jurisdictions.