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Mar 9, 2011

Ugandan police fire teargas at poll protesters

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Police in the Ugandan capital fired teargas and shot bullets over the heads of hundreds of people protesting Wednesday against President Yoweri Museveni’s huge election win last month, Reuters witnesses said.

Museveni, in power for 25 years, won 68 percent of the February 18 vote, with closest rival Kizza Besigye on 26 percent. Besigye said the polls were a sham due to widespread bribery, ballot box stuffing and intimidation.

Mar 7, 2011

Uganda, Tullow Oil resolve tax dispute -sources

KAMPALA, March 7 (Reuters) – Uganda has resolved a tax
dispute with Tullow Oil (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research), sources for the government and
the company said, paving the way for Tullow to sell stakes in
exploration assets to France’s oil major Total (TOTF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) and
Chinese group CNOOC (0883.HK: Quote, Profile, Research).

“The Ugandan government proposed that, as long as it has a
guarantee that Tullow will pay the remaining taxes, it has no
problem with its proposed partnerships with Total and Cnooc,”
the energy ministry source said.

Mar 1, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Uganda

KAMPALA, March 1 (Reuters) – President Yoweri Museveni, one
of Africa’s longest serving leaders after 25 years in power, won
a huge election victory this month in a presidential poll the
opposition called a “sham”.

Kizza Besigye, his closest rival who won just 26 percent of
the vote to Museveni’s 68 percent, says the polls were marred by
widespread bribery, ballot box stuffing and intimidation. He has
called for peaceful protests.

Feb 28, 2011

Uganda presidential term extension plan draws flak

KAMPALA, Feb 28 (Reuters) – A member of Uganda’s government
has proposed lengthening the presidential term to seven from
five years a week after President Yoweri Museveni extended his
25-year-rule in a disputed election.

The opposition, which says the election was a sham,
condemned the proposal and branded state minister James Kakooza
as “puppet” of the president.

Feb 25, 2011

Uganda’s Museveni celebrates poll win amid tension

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandans cheering skywards as a yellow plane circles and blares out President Yoweri Museveni’s popular rap single are sure an opposition call to protest against his election win is ridiculous.

Tens of thousands of supporters of one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders streamed into an airstrip in the capital Kampala on Friday to celebrate his disputed poll victory.

Feb 24, 2011

Uganda opposition calls protests against disputed poll

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s opposition Thursday called for peaceful protests against the government’s huge election win last week, but amid tight security, demonstrations did not immediately erupt.

President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders after 25 years in power, was handed 68 percent of the vote by the electoral commission Sunday with closest rival Kizza Besigye trailing with 26 percent.

Feb 24, 2011

Uganda’s opposition urges protests over polls

KAMPALA, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Uganda’s opposition leader
called for peaceful anti-government protests and a re-run of
last week’s disputed presidential poll on Thursday, but the
authorities said demonstrations would not be tolerated.

Kizza Besigye said last week’s presidential and
parliamentary polls were a sham due to widespread bribery,
ballot box stuffing and military intimidation.

Feb 23, 2011

Uganda postpones mayoral and local polls after fraud

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda postponed mayoral and local elections in the capital Kampala on Wednesday after the electoral commission said violence had marred voting and that it had found evidence of ballot stuffing.

The opposition said it was a repeat of Friday’s flawed presidential election, when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, won a fourth term in office. The main opposition coalition called that poll a sham.

Feb 20, 2011

Uganda’s Museveni wins disputed presidential election

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, won election to a fourth term in office by a huge margin on Sunday but the opposition rejected the outcome.

Electoral commission results handed Museveni 68 percent of the vote against challenger Kizza Besigye’s 26 percent.

Feb 20, 2011

Uganda’s Museveni wins disputed presidential vote

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, won election to a fourth term in office by a huge margin on Sunday but the opposition rejected the outcome.

Throngs of Museveni supporters sang, cheered and blared music from cars after electoral commission results handed Museveni 68 percent of the vote against challenger Kizza Besigye’s 26 percent.

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