, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Monday afternoon travel to Uganda for a two-day official visit.
During the visit, President Kenyatta will attend an Infrastructure Investment Summit in Kampala.
The summit is held amid a sharp rise in infrastructure spending as East African Community governments seek to tame spiralling business costs and concerns over huge projects that have lagged behind schedule.
Kenyatta is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his host President Yoweri Museveni, in addition to trilateral talks with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
Kenyatta will be accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Engineer Michael Kamau (Roads and Infrastructure Development) and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
Controversy has nevertheless not eluded Kenya and Uganda.
The Migingo Island is one of the key issues that the two countries have been grappling to determine who the legitimate owner is since both nations claim to own the island.
During the swearing in of Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in Nairobi, Museveni publicly complained that Kenyans were stealing cows from Uganda.
But notably, Uganda has stood firm in rejecting International Criminal Court (ICC) proceedings against Kenyatta, Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang.
Museveni in his congratulatory speech to Kenyatta thanked Kenyans for “rejecting blackmail” by the ICC as he accused western leaders of using The Hague court to “install leaders of their choice in Africa and eliminate the ones they do not like”.
President Museveni also promised Kenya of his cooperation in ensuring peace in the region – including fighting Al Shabaab in neighbouring Somalia.