Three weeks ago I was in Lira, northern Uganda working on what justice means for women in a post conflict
The Media Institute of Southern Africa’s (MISA) flagship publication, So This Is Democracy?: State of Media Freedom in southern Africa
Photo by K. Burns [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons A few nights ago I came across this article from Acholitimes
Katureebe yatutoneka But someone will ask where is the wound Are you blind? And even if you were, the
Photo by NTVUganda Which way Uganda? On Thursday 18, many Ugandans woke up enthusiastic, ready to put months of campaigns behind
Uganda is set hold presidential and general elections on February 18. Eight candidates are vying for the seat but the campaign is more of a three-horse race between incumbent President Museveni, leading opposition figure and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Kizza Besigye and former Prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi. The last four elections conducted during President Yoweri Museveni’s 30 years in power have all been marred with irregularities and violent incidents.
Less than a month to the vote, an increasing climate of fear hovers over the country. The Uganda Police has recruited about 11 million crime preventers whom critics say are more or less a standby government militia to be used in case things don’t go well for the regime. Besigye’s party FDC says it has 10 persons per village ready to guard their vote and he continues a message of defiance that is not fully explained. Amama Mbabazi at rallies has emphasized that his go-forward team is ready to defend the vote.
Human rights organisations have called for suspension of crime preventers to prevent election violence. And in response Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura is quoted in the media to have told critics to ‘go hang’ and warned that he will not ‘allow’ opposition to destabilize the country.
The Bandiagara plateau in Central Mali has been hit by repeated droughts. Climate change is making the weather unpredictable, resulting
Plenary session at ccda-v by Photo by IISD/ENB Between November 30 – December 11, the 21st session of the Conference
Horrified like most Ugandans by Police actions against opposition politicians, I join concerned Ugandans and echo this call to sanity.
Above: Lt. General Jonathan Rono, the Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the AMISOM Ugandan