Raila Odinga and Ruto haven’t Congratulated Uganda President-elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Uganda’s Strong man Yoweri Kaguta Museveni clinched another term in office in a controversial Election whose results have since been rejected by the chief opposition leader Robert Kyangulanyi.

Museveni garnered 5.8 votes against his closest Challenger Kyangulanyi who got 3.4 votes.

Immediately the results were announced by the electoral Commission, a number of security officers were dispatched to Kyagulanyi’s compound and reports indicate that he was unable to even meet the elected MPs of his party.

Tanzania’s president john pombe Magufuli was the first to send his message of Congratulation to the president elect saying that he looks forward to continued cooperation in the areas of mutual interest with Museveni.

Locally, Amani national Congress Musalia Mudavadi has also sent his Congratulatory message to museveni.

Curiously, Uhuru Ruto and Raila have kept mum since the election was Announced. Maybe Uhuru is waiting for the right moment to do that as a head of state what about Ruto and Raila?

Here are the possible reasons why the two are quiet on museveni’s ‘Landslide victory’.

Raila is quiet because him and museveni don’t have any love lost. Raila packages himself as a panafricanist who believes in term limits as one of the key tenates of democracy.

Therefore, he would not want to be the first person to Congratulate a man whose victory is shrouded in mystery with Raila himself having suffered in the hands of a strollen elections.

Secondly, Raila has had issues with Museveni on the way he treats his kinsmen in migingo island. Their relationship hasn’t been that good.

Ruto hasn’t send a message possibly because that will be interpreted as antagonising the government which is still quiet on Ugandan election results. Ruto however is largely seen as a museveni ally.

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Read also : Bobi Wine Rejects The Results as Museveni gets closer to Winning

Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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