– Phibby Otaala is supposed to hand over the ambassadorial roles to Hassan Galiwango who was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni
– The envoy, however, insisted she was still Kampala’s representative to Nairobi as she has not been recalled by the appointing authority
– The ambassador who is eyeing the Toronto District parliamentary seat had left her office to participate in the NRM primaries
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Uganda’s High Commissioner to Kenya Phibby Otaala has said she will not hand over the office despite the new appointment.
Otaala is supposed to hand over the ambassadorial roles to Hassan Galiwango who was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni to replace her.
According to the Daily Monitor, Otaala insisted she was still the countries envoy to Kenya as she has not been recalled by the appointing authority.
“I’m still the substantive ambassador of Uganda to Kenya. I don’t have any recall letter from my boss and why should I?” said Otaala.
Phibby who is eyeing the Toronto District parliamentary seat had left her office to participate in the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries.
She insisted that she was still in office and those peddling rumors of her resignation were confusing the public.
The envoy insisted that she will not leave Nairobi as it is getting sweeter for her.
She advised Galiwango go to other embassies including China, Japan or Geneva which currently do not have representatives.
As previously reported, President Uhuru Kenyatta received five new envoys on Saturday, December 9, 2017, who applauded Kenyatta on his commitment to the rule of law.
In a statement seen by TUKO.co.ke, the envoys congratulated the President on his peaceful campaigns during the prolonged electioneering period that preceded his victory and swearing-in for a second term in office
“On behalf of the President and people of Uganda I would like to congratulate you on your peaceful campaign which the whole world has been watching,” said Otaala.
Kenyatta urged the Ugandan envoy to work closely with Kenya in strengthening the East African Community for the sake of prosperity for all the people of the region.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Otaala narrowly escaped death after a grisly accident.
The accident, which happened along the Eldoret-Malaba Highway, occurred when the vehicle Otaala was travelling in burst a tyre.
The driver inevitably lost control of the Toyota Prado, and it ended up swerving as the driver tried to hit a bodaboda operator before landing in a ditch beside the road.
TUKO.co.ke learnt Otaala was on her way to Kisumu from Uganda.
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