Saturday 21 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s main opposition leader was arrested and charged with murder, police said on Friday, after they broke up a rally organized to protest moves to extend President Yoweri Museveni’s rule. Kizza Besigye, who has contested and lost four elections against long-time leader Museveni, was detained on Thursday. Police blamed Besigye for the deaths of two protesters during Wednesday’s rally, in which officers fired bullets and teargas during clashes with government opponents. “Besigye and his colleagues led these youths who stoned police and caused deaths,” police spokesman Denis Namuwoza told Reuters. Wednesday’s clash in Rukungiri near the Rwandan border was one of several violent anti-Museveni protests that have spread across Uganda since the...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Ugandan police on Wednesday banned what it termed illegal demonstrations over plans to remove presidential age limits, seen as paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office. A bill removing the age limit for the president was introduced in parliament last month, and MPs are currently holding consultations with ordinary Ugandans to seek their views. "Consultations must not include illegal demonstrations, illegal processions, inciting violence, use of hate campaigns, use of abusive language, acts of hooliganism of any sort, intimidation of any persons perceived to be supporting the removal of the age limit," the assistant inspector general of police, Assuman Mugenyi, said in a statement. In Uganda, opposition demonstrations are routinely denied permission, meaning...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(APA 10/13/17)
APA-Kampala (Uganda) - A Ugandan legislator Odonga Otto has written to the president of the governing council of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) to place sanctions on Uganda's speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga over the arrest of 24 Ugandan legislators last month, reports said on Friday. In a letter dated 12th October 2017, the legislator notes that the speaker of Uganda parliament permitted the disrespectful and brutal arrest of the legislators. On 27th September 2017 parliament was besieged by plain clothed...
(Bloomberg 10/04/17)
Uganda’s parliament asked a legislative committee to scrutinize a proposed constitutional amendment that would enable President Yoweri Museveni to extend his three-decade rule. The proposal, introduced by lawmaker Raphael Magyezi on Sept. 27 amid fistfights between opponents and proponents of the bill, was referred to the committee after he presented it for first reading, the Kampala-based legislature said Tuesday on its Twitter account. Bills are sent to committees for scrutiny before they are debated. The bill, backed by the ruling National Resistance Movement, seeks the removal of a constitutional clause that sets the age limit for a presidential candidate at 75. If approved, the change would allow Museveni...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/04/17)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - A law amending Uganda’s constitution to allow aging leader Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule was introduced in parliament on Tuesday, at a session where nearly all its opponents were either barred or stayed away in protest. Museveni, 73, has ruled Uganda since 1986. He is as yet ineligible to seek re-election in the next polls in 2021 because the existing constitution places an age ceiling of 75 on anyone aspiring to the presidency. The bill brought...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Explosive devices, thought to be grenades, were thrown early Tuesday at the homes of two prominent Ugandan MPs who have spoken out against plans to remove presidential age limits. Musician-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine -- real name Robert Kyagulanyi -- and fellow opposition MP Allan Ssewanyana said grenades were thrown at their homes overnight. Police are investigating the explosions but have not commented on the suspected causes. "There were three explosives last night," Wine said, pointing to the shattered glass in his...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/17)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Grenades were thrown overnight at the homes of two Ugandan legislators opposed to scrapping the presidential age limit and thereby extending President Yoweri Museveni’s more than 31 years in power. One of the legislators, Robert Kyagulanyi, was later arrested by police, his aide said. Kyagulanyi and fellow legislator Allan have been outspoken in efforts to resist an ongoing effort to change the constitution to allow Museveni to seek another term in elections set for 2021. Museveni has...
(AFP (eng) 09/28/17)
"He will rule for life," shrugged student and waiter Fahd Sabiti a day after Uganda's parliament began scrapping presidential age limits, paving the way for Yoweri Museveni to win a sixth term in office. Sabiti's ambivalence reflected the feelings of many Ugandans used to seeing President Museveni get his way after more than three decades in power. "The opposition politicians who fought yesterday in parliament are just noise-makers. They will fade away," said the 23-year-old business administration student as he...
(Bloomberg 09/28/17)
Fistfights erupted in the Ugandan parliament for a second day as lawmakers discussed a proposal to introduce a constitutional amendment that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to try to extend his three-decade rule. The proposal to introduce the bill was adopted after the speaker ordered the eviction of 24 opposition legislators who attempted to block the discussion, the Kampala-based parliament said on its Twitter account. Wednesday’s violence started when the suspended lawmakers were dragged out by security agents, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported. A government minister was also told to leave after he entered the legislature with a firearm on Tuesday, it said.
(AFP (eng) 09/27/17)
Uganda's parliament on Wednesday took the first step towards scrapping the presidential age limit that would allow long-standing ruler Yoweri Museveni to stay in power. Tempers frayed for a second day over a plan, backed by members of President Museveni's National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, to table a constitutional amendment doing away with age limits, allowing the 73-year-old to run for a sixth consecutive term in 2021. MPs brandished microphone stands, threw punches and clambered over benches as security officers sought to remove 25 lawmakers barred by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga after engaging...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/27/17)
Fistfights and chair-throwing broke out in Uganda’s parliament on Tuesday ahead of a debate on whether to grant long-serving President Yoweri Museveni another term in office. The move to extend his rule has met widespread opposition from civic rights activists, the political opposition, religious leaders and even some members of Museveni’s own ruling party. He has been in power for more than three decades. Local television showed government and opposition lawmakers coming to blows after the House speaker allowed a ruling party legislator to introduce a motion to kick-start the process to remove an age cap from Uganda’s constitution to allow Museveni to run for re-election. “Please take your seats...
(Xinhuanet 09/27/17)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said the China-Africa ties are set to grow deeper, noting that their cooperation dates back to the colonial era when many African countries were fighting for independence. Museveni was speaking at a ceremony held here to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. "I am here to salute the contribution of China to the emancipation of Africa. All those countries which were fighting (to gain independence) got support...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Lawmakers brawled in Uganda's parliament on Tuesday over long-serving ruler Yoweri Museveni's attempt to stay in power by removing presidential age-limits. MPs shouted, shoved, threw punches and lobbed documents in a fight between ruling party politicians and those from the opposition. At least one MP brandished a chair and attempted to hit his opponent over the head. Tensions were high over a plan backed by members of President Museveni's party to table a constitutional amendment scrapping age limits, which would clear the way for the 73-year-old to run for a sixth consecutive term in 2021.
(Voice of America 09/26/17)
Fierce debate continues in Uganda over the ruling party’s plans to remove the presidential age limit from the constitution. Parliament is expected to again take up the issue this week with the opposition pledging to continue its resistance. Uganda’s ruling party says it will push ahead with its plans to scrap the presidential age limit despite street protests and stiff resistance from opposition lawmakers last week. Peter Ogwang is vice-chairperson of the ruling party caucus in parliament. “It’s provided for...
(The Associated Press 09/26/17)
A fight broke out in Uganda's parliament Tuesday amid efforts to introduce legislation that could extend the president's decades-long hold on power. After opposition lawmakers accused a colleague on the government side of carrying a gun, a brawl broke out in which lawmakers pushed and punched each other. A motion is to be introduced Tuesday to remove a constitutional provision that prevents anyone over the age of 75 from running for president. The move is seen as an effort by...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Uganda's main opposition leader on Friday condemned a police crackdown on opponents of a plan to scrap presidential age limits to allow 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni to run again. A proposal by ruling party lawmakers to table the constitutional amendment has sparked outrage from opposition politicians, civil society groups and students who protested at a prestigious Kampala university for a second day Friday. Kizza Besigye, who leads the opposition Forum for Democratic...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Ugandan authorities postponed a bill to extend leader Yoweri Museveni’s rule after protesters took to the streets against it on Thursday, confronting police who fired teargas. Parliament speaker Jacob Oulanyah told lawmakers during a raucous session that the legislation due to be introduced on Thursday afternoon was “bringing tension” and would come back on another, unspecified date. Activists, campaign groups, religious leaders and even some members of Museveni’s own ruling party have objected to the proposed change to the constitution, saying it is undemocratic. Groups of students at Makerere, a public university in the capital Kampala, rallied to start marching toward parliament before police dispersed them with
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Ugandan police on Thursday fired teargas at students who defied a police order banning protests as they demonstrated the proposed removal of presidential age limits that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to stand again in 2021. Police on Wednesday had issued an order banning protests in the east African county, but it was ignored by hundreds of students at the country's main Makerere University. The students were tear-gassed, chased and detained by armed officers in return. Ruling party lawmaker Raphael Magyezi...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Ugandan police have banned a protest set for Thursday when lawmakers debate plans to scrap a presidential age limit, seen as a bid to pave the way for Yoweri Museveni to seek a sixth term as leader. A ruling party lawmaker is expected to put forward a bill to amend a constitutional provision that states the president must be between 35 and 75 years old. Museveni, who has been in office since 1986, has said he is 73 years old,...

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