KAMPALA RUBBISHES REPORTS OF DEPLOYMENT OF UGANDAN TROOPS TO KENYA

KAMPALA, The Ugandan government has rubbished media reports that Kenya has sought the military muscle of Uganda to help curb pockets of rioters in the neighbouring country following last Tuesday's general election.

Described media reports that Ugandan soldiers have been deployed in Kenya to curb protests there as false, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, said here Sunday that personnel of the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) cannot be deployed anywhere secretly.

The story on alleged deployment of UPDF (troops) in Kenya is false, Tumwebaze said on his official twitter handle. UPDF deployments are never done secretly, he added.

Tumwebaze's clarification came after sections of the media in Uganda reported that Kenya had sought the military muscle of Uganda to curb pockets of rioters, who are contesting the results of the Tuesday presidential polls.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected in the presidential election with 54 per cent of the votes tallied after a hotly contested presidential bid by his long-time political rival, Raila Odinga, who has since claimed that the election results had been tampered with, a declaration which fuelled anger among his supporters, especially in the opposition strongholds of Kisumu in western Kenya and in the Kibera slums in Nairobi.

Both Kenyatta and Raila have called for calm as the country grapples with the current stormy wave, which many say, reverberates the deadly clashes which erupted after the 2007 presidential elections.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK