In what is expected to be an embarrassing distancing of State Protocol and formality by his two-day host, Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has now come out to contradict an earlier statement issued by his guest and Kenyan Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto.
Through a statement, Dr. William Ruto had not termed the visit as a private tour, but rather, he accompanying the president on the official laying of the foundation stone for a vaccine manufacturing facility.
The event took place in Matuga, Wakiso district where the construction of the Biological Drugs and mRNA vaccine which is under Dei Group manufacturing facility is located at.
Ruto said that the commitment to buying locally manufactured vaccine doses at a large scale will ease African countries’ import bills, enhance their export earnings and sustainably boost the ordinary people’s health status.
“We are keen to building partnerships with other African countries to move the continent away from only packaging and labeling of drugs to the restructuring of its market to focus more on upstream production,” Ruto said.
The DP wrote on his Twitter handle,
Accompanied president @kagutamuseveni in the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the biological drugs and mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Matugga Wakiso district, Uganda.
However, in a tweet afterwards, president Museveni casually wrote that Ruto had simply just visited him as part of a courtesy call.
For a while now, President Museveni has appeared passionate about finding a home-based solution to the current pandemic rather than outsourcing help from outside.
Last month, Museveni said that his government remains committed to funding research and innovations by local scientists especially those in the universities.
“We have demonstrated this by earmarking USh30 billion every financial year to the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund,” Museveni said during the world health summit regional meeting in June.