A team of politicians from Kenya will return to Uganda on Friday, barely a week after they attended a fundraiser in what has been viewed as a bid to drum up support for NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni.
Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, Endebess MP Robert Pukose and Deputy President William Ruto’s personal assistant Farouk Kibet will be on the team making Friday’s trip.
Trans Nzoia Senator Henry Ole Ndiema, Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and Mr Ruto are the other politicians to have made their way to the Sebei sub-region in less than three months.
When the Daily Monitor contacted Mr Pukose, who is heading the delegation to Uganda, he said he was tied up in a meeting and promised to call the reporter later. He had not called by the time the report was filed.
Sources close to the Jubilee MPs said the group was here to drum up support for Mr Museveni, just a week to the general election on February 18.
“Yes, they are coming back. We got reports that more than 3,000 residents in Tulel and Chesawer in Bukwo District raised dust over claims of being sidelined when the group visited the region last week,” one of the people organising their return told the Daily Monitor on Thursday.
MEDDLING IN UGANDAN AFFAIRS
Prof Sheme Chemangey Masaba, the first minister for animal husbandry and fisheries in President Museveni’s government and also a 2006 FDC contender for the Tingey County MP seat, however, said the politicians are meddling in Ugandan affairs.
“That means the Uganda government has failed in its role. How much does it take to build a school? This is just a political move and has nothing to do with helping our people,” Prof Masaba said.
There have been reports of a drift away from the NRM in the Sebei sub-region to the Opposition, and according to Ms Rose Nancy Chelangat, an NRM aide and mobiliser, the ruling party has responded by heavily deploying agents in the sub-region.
“When Dr Kizza Besigye visited Sebei, we were shocked by the reception he received. In a bid to woo back our supporters, we have been involved in a lot of mobilisation and campaign work,” Ms Chelangat said.
At a weekend fundraiser event in Sebei, Kenyan politicians Mr Pukose and Mr Tunai handed over 100 bags of cement, 170 iron sheets and Sh48 million for school projects in Tumbaboi (Kapchorwa), Ngenge (Kween) and Kapkoros (Bukwo).
Reports also emerged that Kuka’s Inn in Kapchorwa was full of activity, as ruling party members prepared to receive the visitors.
When the Kenyan politicians arrive, they are expected be hosted to a breakfast at State Lodge Kapchorwa and spend a night there after several rallies. On Saturday they will attend a get-together with the Sabiny community big shots.