Details Of Actions That Landed Junet, Raila’s Loyal Allies In Trouble With Museveni

KEY POINTS

  • A number of ODM leaders are in trouble following remarks they made against Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and his NRM party a year ago.
  • They further claimed that Ruto's trip to Uganda was intended to disrupt the country after the 2022 general elections.

A number of ODM leaders are in trouble following remarks they made against Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and his NRM party a year ago.

The leaders were sued by a Ugandan businessman Paul Bamutaze who revealed that the hearing of the case at the East African Court of Justice had begun.

Bamutaze added that he hopes justice will prevail following the attacks the leaders made on Museveni. The businessman enjoys a good relationship with NRM.

“We shall protect our President,@KagutaMuseveni, @NRMOnline@WilliamsRuto @jumuiyaagainst such attacks that derail the advancement towards a Political federation of the EAC! As the EACJ commences hearing into my Matter against the,@TheODMpartywe pray that justice is served,” the businessman shared on Twitter.

ODM leaders that have been mentioned in the case include Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, Caleb Amisi(Saboti), Opiyo Wandayi(Unguja), Millie Odhiambo(Suba East), John Mbadi,  Jared Okelo, Antony Otieno and Fatuma Abdi.

The Attorney General Paul Kihara has also been mentioned as a respondent in the case.

In his suit, Bamutaze accused the leaders of undermining Uganda’s ruling party noting that their actions threatened the unity between Kenya and Uganda.

“You don’t attack the person of the President of the Republic of Uganda. You don’t attack the ruling political party because you want to make news. Otherwise, that can turn out to be a serious diplomatic blunder,” part of the lawsuit read.

Raila’s allies made the scathing attacks on Museveni after Ruto’s Ugandan trip was dramatically abolished by the authorities in early August last year, just a month after he had met with Museveni in Uganda.

The leaders convened a press briefing and accused Ruto of seeking advice from Museveni  on the tactics that he had used to stay in power for that long at the same time implying that the Ugandan leader was a dictator.

“Ruto seeks to use the tactics of Uganda’s NRM to capture power here in Kenya that should make Kenyans very afraid. While we do  not wish to interfere with internal political arrangements of other countries, we categorically wish to state that we do not need to borrow other country’s political habits whose end results can lead to chaos and backwardness of our country. 

“Kenya is the most advanced democracy in this region  however bitter, long drawn and quarrelsome our politics sometimes are, we know when to stop and build a prosperous inclusive county 

“The NRM record on human rights, democracy, good governance, freedom of the press, expanding civil society, fighting corruption, creating a cohesive society, uplifting people from poverty is not worth borrowing,” Junet, who then the minority leader in the National Assembly, said in his statement.

They further claimed that Ruto’s trip to Uganda was intended to disrupt the country after the 2022 general elections.

“Ruto’s relationship with Yoweri Museveni has nothing to do with winning 2022 elections. It has all to do with disrupting the peace of this country after 2022 general elections. Every right thinking person knows that Museveni, NRM has never won any competitive democratic elections,” Mbadi added. 

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