Security scuffle: Museveni forced to wait outside AU Summit building entrance
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's aide and personal assistant are blocked from accessing the building by Ethiopian security
ADDIS ABABA | President Museveni was Sunday forced to wait for nearly more than two minutes before he could access the African Union Summit building in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Museveni and his security detail had arrived at the entrance only to be greeted with a scuffle involving aides of some of the African leaders attending the summit and Ethiopian security manning the conference venue.
A video clip of the incident shows the president stand in the hallway and watch on as a section of security personnel scrambled to create way for him amid the melee.
Efforts to get a comment from the presidency on the controversial security handling of affairs was yet to yield any fruit, but this news website understands the melee saw several inconveniences to other heads of state as well.
The scuffle at the entrance could have been anything, but according to Kenyan media reports, on of the heads of state caught in the mess was their own Uhuru Kenyatta, whose aide de camp was allegedly shoved aside and denied entry into the summit hall.
In one video, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal assistant Jomo Gecaga and aide-de-camp Lt Col Timothy Lekolol are seen in a scuffle with Ethiopian security detail in a crowded entrance.
Lekolol would later give up after the scuffle threatened to turn uglier, instead moving away, apparently to seek alternative entrance to the conference hall.
President Museveni is in Addis for the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State today in Addis Ababa.
On Monday, Museveni delivered a paper at the summit making a case for Africa’s economic and political integration.
“The attack by Western countries on Libya was a shame to Africa countries. That is why, for the 55 years, I have been in the footsteps of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere on the issue of East African federation,” he said in his address.
Former Tanzanian president Nyerere is an idol to Museveni, who continues to champion the Chama cha Mapinduzi former leader’s vision for a united East Africa.