Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba has declined to attend the planned inauguration ceremony of Ugandan president, Gen. Yoweri Museveni citing security concerns. The Gabonese leader says he has been briefed and guided by the social media posts of Ugandans who recently flooded his social media handles putting him on notice that he should not lay foot at the inauguration function of Gen. Museveni.

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Bongo succumbed to pressure and instead opted to delegate his Prime Minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda to represent him in Kampala. She is expected to arrive in Uganda on Tuesday.

Similarly, the Kenyan head of state, President Uhuru Kenyatta has also declined to confirm his presence at the function. Nairobi is yet to explain whether he is to finally attend or not though chances are high that he may snub the event. With less than 48 hours to the event, about 11 African heads of state have confirmed attendance. These include Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan, Burundi’s Evariste Ndayishimye, Somali president Muhammad Abdullahi Farmajo, South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, the Nigerian Vice president, among others.

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