A Ugandan businessman with ties to the ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), has sued Kenya at the East Africa Court of Justice.
The heightening diplomatic fallout was sparked off by the aborted trip of Deputy President William Ruto to Uganda.
The businessman, Paul Bamutaze, wants a section of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Members of Parliament sanctioned for undermining Uganda’s ruling party and by extension the East African Community.
Bamutaze took Kenya to the East Africa Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania naming MPs Junet Mohammed, John Mbadi, Opiyo Wandayi, Caleb Amisi, Jared Okello, Anthony Otieno, Fatima Abdi and Millie Odhiambo for disparaging NRM.
The MPs questioned DP Ruto’s trip to Uganda and his relationship with the country’s ruling party NRM that they claimed had a wanting reputation in upholding human rights.
Bamutaze claimed the ODM MPs flouted and contravened the laws establishing the East African Community including infringement on the fundamental and operational principles of the community such as good governance among them adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency and maintenance of universally accepted standards of human rights.
The businessman demanded that the legislators be found culpable of breaching the EAC statutes and slapped with costs that will be computed at 6 percent annually from the time of award to the time of payment.
“You don’t attack the person of the president of Uganda, you don’t attack the ruling political party because you want to make news, that can turn out to be a serious diplomatic blunder,” said Bamutaze.
In Siaya County, DP Ruto was blasted for crying foul about his aborted trip yet he sits in the country’s highest security organ, the National Security Council, to understand procedures on the visitation of the president or deputy president to any foreign nation.
“He should not be asking the public why he was stopped from going to Uganda, he’s the one who sits in that National Security Council,” said Siaya Senator James Orengo.
On his part, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka hit out at the DP for breaking national protocol in trying to leave the country without the president’s nod.
“Mimi nilikuwa Vice President wa Kibaki for 5 years, there’s no way I would’ve left the boundaries of this country kuenda nje bila kupata idhini ya President Kibaki,” said Kalonzo.
Soy MP Caleb Kositany condemned the arrest of Turkish businessman Harun Aydin, a DP Ruto business partner who flew to Uganda but was arrested upon his return to Kenya on Saturday. The lawmaker claimed the arrest was purely political aimed at undermining the deputy president.
“It has now escalated to false accusations against international investors, we want to ask these people led by our president, why do you hate Kenya so much that you no longer care about the reputation of the country?” He posed.