The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has contested media reports that the army plans to deploy in neighboring Kenya following the pockets of post-election protests that broke out in the country.
In a statement released on Sunday, the UPDF spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire said that claims of Uganda being in the process of sending soldiers to boost Kenya’s security were false and misleading.
“UPDF refutes the story in the Sunday Pepper of today 13 August, 2017 alleging that UPDF is on standby to support security operations in Kenya,” the statement said.
Brig.Karemire also adds that Kenya is a sovereign country which is capable of ensuring its security and that of its people. He revealed that the government of Uganda had neither received a request for deployment nor was there a situation necessitating the deployment.
Protests broke out in townships of Kibera and Kisumu outside Nairobi on Friday after the Kenya’s electoral body announced the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect. But opposition candidate Raila Odinga rejected the results claiming they were fraudulent.