East African leaders congratulate Museveni

2016-02-22 14:46
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

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Kampala – Two prominent east African leaders - Uhuru Kenyatta and Pierre Nkurunziza - were among the first to congratulate re-elected Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on his victory in the just ended presidential elections, reports the Daily Monitor.

Kenyan president Kenyatta and Burundian leader Nkurunziza, took to social media to congratulate the controversial leader, who one a fifth term to extend his power to 35 years.

Kenyatta wrote on both Twitter and Facebook: "The people of Uganda have spoken, and they have spoken very clearly. We respect their choice of president Museveni."

He then touched on the fact that both Kenya and Uganda relished their close friendship, which stemmed back in history to their shared culture and interests.

However, Kenyatta's words were not met without criticism from citizens in both nations, when the hashtag #uhuruisnotkenya started trending.

Museveni's Burundian counterpart, Nkurunziza, posted on his Twitter account: "I wish to hereby convey my warmest congratulations for Kaguta Museveni’s well-deserved re-election. May God bless #Uganda and #Burundi.”

However, his message of congratulations was also hugely condemned.

Nkurunzisa’s re-election into power was met with fierce opposition last year when he tampered with the constitution in order to extend his rule. The development plundered into more anarchy, leaving thousands dead. 

Read more on:    uhuru kenyatta  |  pierre nkurunziza  |  yoweri museveni  |  burundi  |  uganda  |  kenya  |  uganda elections 2016  |  east africa

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