Friday, May 6, 2011

Odinga Meets Besigye

Details of Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s meeting with Uganda’s Forum for Democratic Change leader Kizza Besigye on Tuesday evening have emerged.

Dr Besigye’s allies revealed that Odinga expressed “grave” concern at the brutality being meted on opposition leaders and civilians participating in the walk-to-work campaign in Uganda to protest high rising cost of living.
Odinga visited the hospital on Tuesday and reportedly spent a long time with Besigye. 

The Prime minister was not accompanied by his press unit during the visit, reportedly on the advice of doctors treating Dr Besigye.

Reports attributed to FDC secretary for foreign affairs Anne Mugisha, who is also accompanying Besigye, reveal that the opposition leader is still wearing dark glasses to protect his damaged eyes from direct light. The room in which he is admitted, she said, has also been darkened.

Odinga’s visit is likely to amplify Kampala’s long-standing suspicion that he is sympathetic to Uganda’s opposition. At the height of the post election violence in Kenya, some Kenyan members of parliament led by Kenya’s Lands Minister James Orengo and Dr Oburu Oginga accused Museveni of deploying UPDF soldiers in Western Kenya to crackdown on Odinga’s supporters.

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