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Feb 14, 2011

Scenarios: How Ugandan elections might play out

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to win a fourth term in a general election on February 18 despite a strong challenge from third-time opponent Kizza Besigye.

Here are a few likely scenarios for the national vote and the impact it may have on east Africa’s third largest economy.

Feb 10, 2011
via Africa News blog

Uganda votes: Fighting talk

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Ugandans love to talk. And, unlike in some other African countries, few people are afraid to be heard talking politics. Cafes and bars in Kampala and elsewhere hum to the sound of politicians being loudly verbally skewered.

The politicos themselves are not much different. Rhetoric is being ratcheted up ahead of elections on February 18.  And the opposition are not holding back.

Feb 6, 2011

Police warn of pre-poll attacks on Ugandan capital

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan police said they believe terrorists are targeting Kampala before national elections this month, the latest in a series of threats since twin bombs killed 79 people in the capital last year.

Police told people living in Kampala to look out for “unexpected gifts, flowers,” prompting one newspaper to warn readers of a potential plot on Valentine’s Day, four days before the February 18 poll.

Feb 4, 2011

Uganda election war of words stokes violence fears

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A war of words between Uganda’s main presidential candidates escalated on Friday, sparking fears of Egypt-style street violence should the opposition say the poll was rigged.

Uganda’s main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, repeated a warning he made to Reuters last week that Ugandans may overthrow long-standing President Yoweri Museveni with mass public protests if a February 18 poll is not fair.

Feb 3, 2011
via Africa News blog

Uganda’s Museveni at 25: Still fit?

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“Look at him!” the emcee at celebrations to mark 25 years in power for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shouts into a mic. “Look at him! He is very fit!”

The former rebel decked out in his usual – and fairly unique – floppy hat and suit combo ambles down a grass slope and waves cheerily to his supporters.

Feb 2, 2011

Man confesses to Uganda gay activist murder: police

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan police said on Wednesday that a man had confessed to murdering a gay rights activist after a “personal disagreement” in an attack last week that sparked worldwide fury.

David Kato, one of the country’s most visible gay campaigners, was beaten to death with a hammer at his home on Thursday and died on the way to hospital.

Jan 30, 2011

Gay activist murder prompts Ugandan reflection

KAMPALA (Reuters) – “I think I’ll be safer here at home” — those were some of the last words Julian Pepe heard from her friend and fellow gay rights activist David Kato. That night his head was beaten in with a hammer.

“He just didn’t feel that he could leave his house anymore,” says Pepe.

Jan 30, 2011

Feature: Gay activist murder prompts Ugandan reflection

KAMPALA (Reuters) – “I think I’ll be safer here at home” — those were some of the last words Julian Pepe heard from her friend and fellow gay rights activist David Kato. That night his head was beaten in with a hammer.

“He just didn’t feel that he could leave his house anymore,” says Pepe.

Jan 27, 2011

Homophobia unlikely in gay activist murder: police

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Ugandan gay rights activist murdered after his photo was printed on the cover of a newspaper that called for gays to be executed was likely killed during a robbery, police said on Thursday.

David Kato was one of three people featured in Uganda’s Rolling Stone newspaper in October who won an injunction this month barring it from continuing its anti-gay campaign that had pictured gays under the headline: “Hang Them.”

Jan 27, 2011

Homophobia unlikely in Ugandan activist’s murder – police

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Ugandan gay rights activist murdered after his photo was printed on the cover of a newspaper that called for gays to be executed was likely killed during a robbery, police said on Thursday.

David Kato was one of three people featured in Uganda’s Rolling Stone newspaper in October who won an injunction this month barring it from continuing its anti-gay campaign that had pictured gays under the headline: “Hang Them.”

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