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Uganda lifts ban on Euro-backed NGO

Uganda lifts ban on Euro-backed NGO

UGANDA'S president has lifted a ban on a European-backed rights group, his office said, almost 18 months after he suspended the organisation and accused its funders of meddling in politics ahead of elections. Yoweri Museveni said the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) - backed by the European Union, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and other states - could reopen as long as the government had a say in its affairs, according to a presidency statement. Denmark's ambassador, speaking on behalf of the group, said the decision was welcome and there was no problem with having a government presence on the organisation's board. According…
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Uganda’s opposition figure denied bail for leading inflation protests

Uganda’s opposition figure denied bail for leading inflation protests

ELIAS BIRYABAREMA AN Uganda veteran opposition figure and long-time opponent of aging leader Yoweri Museveni was remanded to prison after he was charged with offences for leading protests against soaring consumer prices. Kizza Besigye, 66, was detained on Tuesday as he led a protest against downtown Kampala, the capital, only days after he was freed from jail, where he had spent nearly two weeks on similar charges. On Tuesday, he was charged with "incitement to violence" for his alleged role in galvanising protests against high prices, which authorities say were held without permission. Chaos erupted in court when his supporters…
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Rwanda’s Kagame visits Uganda’s Museveni as relations thaw

Rwanda’s Kagame visits Uganda’s Museveni as relations thaw

RWANDA’S President Paul Kagame has visited his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni near Kampala, in what is seen as a sign of improving ties after several years of trading accusations over spying and supporting dissidents. In January, Rwanda re-opened a border crossing with Uganda that had been closed for three years since Kigali accused Kampala of harassing its nationals and supporting those bent on overthrowing the government. In turn, Museveni’s government accused Rwanda of conducting illegal espionage in Uganda. On Sunday evening, Kagame attended a state banquet for the birthday of Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is seen as the Ugandan…
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Museveni’s first son Muhoozi: clear signals of a succession plan in Uganda

Museveni’s first son Muhoozi: clear signals of a succession plan in Uganda

ON 8 March 2022, Ugandan politics was sent into a spin by 49 words tweeted by President Yoweri Museveni’s only son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba. The tweet announced Muhoozi’s retirement from the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), which he had formally served in since 1999. Since his most recent promotion in June 2021, he has served as the commander of the land forces. The position made him the third-highest ranking officer in the defence forces. Authors SAM WILKINS, Lecturer, RMIT University RICHARD VOKES, Associate Professor of Anthropology, The University of Western Australia Muhoozi’s resignation would clear his legal path to…
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Freedom demanded for Ugandan opposition veteran blocked at home

Freedom demanded for Ugandan opposition veteran blocked at home

ELIAS BIRYABAREMA ALLIES of veteran Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye visited him to demand his release from house arrest imposed last week after he called for protests against skyrocketing consumer prices. Besigye, who has failed to dislodge long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni in four elections, has been blockaded at home by police since he gave a news conference last Thursday urging public action over high inflation. "It is very illegal. There's no provision of the law that gazettes Dr Besigye's house as a detention place," said Anna Ebaju Adeke, one of more than a dozen opposition lawmakers who went to his…
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Ugandan army kill 309 in cattle rustling ops

Ugandan army kill 309 in cattle rustling ops

ELIAS BIRYABAREMA UGANDA'S military has killed 309 people in an eight-month-old operation against cattle rustling in a northeast region rich in minerals including gold, limestone and potentially oil, the armed forces said. The Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), the east African country's military, said the deaths resulted from a push to quell violence by cattle rustlers in Karamoja region since last July. "The UPDF, working with other sister security agencies ... will continue working together to completely pacify Karamoja and end all the criminality in the sub-region," it said in a statement late on Tuesday. It termed those killed as…
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Museveni’s son move denied

Museveni’s son move denied

UGANDA'S military said that President Yoweri Museveni's son, a lieutenant general who stood down for what many believe to be a bid to succeed his long-ruling father, had not in fact resigned. Muhoozi Kainerugaba announced on Twitter on March 8 that he had retired from the military after more than 20 years' service. The move was widely interpreted as a sign that Kainerugaba, commander of the military's land forces, was preparing to enter politics on a possible path to contest the presidency in the next election in 2026. "The general has not retired from the army, he is still in…
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Uganda’s president seeks to boost trade and rein in borrowing

Uganda’s president seeks to boost trade and rein in borrowing

KATHARINE HOURELD and ELIAS BIRYABAREMA UGANDA wants to curb its borrowing and boost exports in sectors such as meat and dairy as the East African country lifts restrictions triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, President Yoweri Museveni and government officials told Reuters. Uganda's trade push follows several years of reduced Chinese lending to the continent and as programmes designed to offer relief to indebted countries as they recover from COVID 19-induced slumps start to expire. "Uganda can do much better without borrowing in my opinion. Especially borrowing for ... budget support, balance of payments support," Museveni said, speaking to Reuters in…
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Uganda’s schools, bars to reopen

Uganda’s schools, bars to reopen

UGANDA'S President Yoweri Museveni has announced plans to lift COVID-19 containment measures in January that had been in place since March 2020, including reopening schools, bars and nightclubs, citing rising vaccination rates. The East African nation has imposed some of Africa's toughest restrictions. In September, some measures were eased, including allowing the resumption of education for universities and other post-secondary institutions. In a televised speech late on Friday, Museveni said pre-primary, primary and secondary schools would be reopened on Jan. 10. Bars and nightclubs will be reopened, and a nighttime curfew lifted, two weeks after schools have resumed, he added.…
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Projects to transform Kampala

Projects to transform Kampala

UGANDAN President Yoweri Museveni has launched two major projects that are set to transform the country’s capital Kampala. Museveni officiated at the launch of the Kasubi Market, in central Kampala and later presided over the start of a major infrastructure project. “ As part of efforts to make Kampala a more organised city, I presided over the commissioning of the new Kasubi Market and the launch of construction works on the Lubigi and Nakamiro drainage channels “Kasubi Market will house over 1,400 traders though currently only 800 are using it because of SOPs on social distancing. With this facility functional,…
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