Museveni in Kenya to strengthen economic ties, explore new opportunities

Uganda President Museveni in Kenya for official visit
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Kenya's Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Musalia Mudavadi holding a conversation in Nairobi, Kenya on May 15, 2024.

Nairobi, Kenya | By Michael Wandati | Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday 15, May 2024, for a three-day state visit.

Upon his arrival, he was welcomed by Kenyan Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Musalia Mudavadi at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Museveni is set to hold bilateral talks with Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi on Thursday.

Following his arrival, he stated that he was looking forward to fruitful discussions during his two-day state visit.

“I am delighted to be in Kenya today at the invitation of HE Ruto. This serves as a platform to further strengthen the strong historical ties between Uganda and Kenya,” a statement on his X account read.

The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs stated that both countries are committed to the prompt and complete implementation of the decisions made during other bilateral meetings.

President Museveni’s visit to Kenya underscores the commitment of both Uganda and Kenya to strengthen regional integration, boost economic cooperation, and enhance stability within East Africa.

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The agenda for the discussions includes trade and investment, infrastructure development, security cooperation, and regional integration.

This visit aims to reinforce economic ties between Uganda and Kenya by addressing trade barriers and creating a favorable business environment. The leaders will seek to increase investment and collaboration opportunities, leveraging the full potential of the East African region.

Museveni’s visit comes after the second session of the Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) held between Uganda and Kenya at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala from May 12-14.

During the JMC, the Kenyan delegation was led by Dr. Musalia Mudavadi, while Uganda’s delegation was headed by Gen. Odongo Jeje Abubakar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.