Government has described media reports that Ugandan soldiers have been deployed in Kenya to curb protests as false.
In a press statement, the army denounced the allegations describing them as totally false, alarmist and misleading.
The army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said there are absolutely no such preparations and no team of officers has been sent out to Kenya in preparation for such adding that Uganda government and UPDF have neither received such a request on deployment nor is there a situation that warrants it.
He says the Republic of Kenya is a sovereign country and as such, its security and that of its people are exclusively within their domain.
He however, reiterates commitment to work with all neighboring countries within the existing frameworks such as the East Africa Community (EAC), and the East African Standby Force (EASF) among others
According to the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) cannot be deployed anywhere secretly.
“The story on alleged deployment of UPDF in Kenya is false,” Tumwebaze said on his official twitter handle.
“UPDF deployments are never done secretly,” he added.
Tumwebaze’s clarification has come at a time when sections of the media in the country are reporting that Kenya has sought the military muscle of Uganda to curb pockets of rioters, who are contesting the results of the Tuesday presidential polls.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected following Tuesday’s polls with 54% of the votes tallied after a hotly contested presidential bid against his long-time political rival, Raila Odinga.