Ruto speaks out over his aborted trip to Uganda, Turkish national in his entourage

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 08:59 |
Deputy President William Ruto (left) with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Turkish businessman Harun Aydin during a meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, recently. Photo/Courtesy

Deputy President William Ruto has finally spoken out over his aborted trip to Uganda on Monday August 2.

The DP said, for the past nine years, he has never sought permission from anyone to travel out of the country.

"How comes now you're telling me I need permission from this and that person to travel. It is ridiculous," Ruto said on a local radio station on Wednesday.

He questioned why people were suspicious about his trip to Uganda when the East Africa Community has opened up borders for people to travel freely.

"President Yoweri Museveni is President Uhuru Kenyatta's friend and he is my friend. I've been to Uganda to campaign for him. Even NASA team has been to Uganda to campaign for him. How comes when I do the same it becomes a problem?" He posed.

On Monday, it emerged that the DP was to travel to Uganda with Turkish businessman Harun Aydin.

It was later reported that Aydin had been arrested in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2001 on charges of “having planned serious acts of violence as a member of a terrorist group with an Islamic fundamentalist background”.

"People are trying to brand Aydin as a terrorist yet he is an investor. This is how we scare investors away from Kenya," the DP said.

Ruto said today, EAC citizens do not need a visa or passport to travel around the region.

"We have continental free trade area. People are supposed to do business freely," he said.

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