The Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity, Mr. William Etaki Mboumoua, left Kenya?
The Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity, Mr. William Etaki Mboumoua, left Kenya for Uganda on Thursday (29 July) in an effort to reduce the tensions between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: At talks in Nairobi, Mr. Etaki was welcomed by the Acting Foreign Minister, Mr. James Osogo. The situation between the two countries arose from the Entebbe raid by Israeli commandos to release hostages held by pro-Palestinian aircraft hijackers. President Amin accused Kenya of complicity in the raid, and later personally attacked President Kenyatta saying he was not an African. This together with Britain's severance of diplomatic relations with Uganda did not give much hope of success to Mr. Etaki's mission. president Kenyatta's Permanent secretary, Mr. G.K. Kiriithi, represented the President at the talks. Kenya's Foreign Minister, Mr. Munyua Waiyaki, has laid out conditions for the return of good relations between the two countries. These are that President Amin drops claims to part of Kenya, stops killings and abuse of Kenyans in Uganda and removes his troops from the border area.
Even as Mr. Etaki was leaving for Kampala, President Amin was making conciliatory moves. Uganda radio quoted President Amin as telling a visiting Liberian envoy that he had nothing against Mzee Kenyatta. The term Mzee means grand old man. He said President Kenyatta was a distinguished and respectable elder statesman. President Amin said he regarded President Kenyatta as his real father. President Amin was also quoted as saying in a telegram to the Commonwealth Secretary General, Mr. Shridath Ramphal, that he wished all members of the Commonwealth and United Nations to know that his government was not against Kenya. Notwithstanding president Amin's remarks, President Kenyatta's popularity remains as high with Kenyans as it ever did.