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President Kagame drives Uhuru in Rwanda

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
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President Kagame drives Uhuru in Rwanda. [Photo/Onyango Obbo, Twitter]

In what could be a breach of protocol in his native Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta was driven by his Rwandese counterpart Paul Kagame to and fro Gabiro State House where the two held brief bilateral talks on Monday.

A photo posted by veteran journalist Charles Onyango Obbo shows Kagame on the steering wheel as he chats with a jovial Uhuru. Uhuru sits on the co-drivers seat as he enjoys the drive.

"Seen in Gabiro, Rwanda, today. Kenya prez @UKenyatta hanging out with @PaulKagame - who drove him. Any guesses what they were talking about? Surely Uganda-Rwanda kerfuffle must have been an item on the menu," Mr Obbo tweeted.

President Kagame, who took over power in 1994 through a military coup, has been credited for revamping Rwanda's economy despite his constant feud with Western powers who consider him a dictator.

Uhuru jetted to Kigali on Monday in what State House termed as a meeting to improve cooperation between Kigali and Nairobi. However, the meeting comes amid simmering row between Rwanda and Uganda thus a possiblity of Uhuru mediating.

"President @UKenyatta has called for more mutually beneficial engagements between Kenya and Rwanda. The President said the good relationship that exists between the two countries can be made better and more beneficial through people-to-people interactions," State House said.

After the meeting, Uhuru also paid a courtesy call to his Uganda counterpart Yoweri Museveni on his way to Nairobi. The border between Rwanda and Uganda remains closed with the former accusing the latter of sponsoring rebels in Kigali.

Despite being driven by Kagame, a former military officer, Uhuru is also known for driving himself around the streets of Nairobi in the absence of his aides. A fortnight ago, an photo believed to be of him maneuvering in the jam within Nairobi surfaced on social media.


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