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President Museveni to walk 100km 'for freedom'

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will lead a 60-mile (100km) walk in honour of Ugandan fighters.

The three-day walk will start from Galamba in central Uganda to Birembo in the west.

A group of veterans and young Ugandans are participating in the walk to remember their heroes, according to a statement by the president's press secretary Don Wanyama.

"It is hoped that the trekkers will cover between 15-20 miles per day before breaking in the evening over a bonfire where the president and other veterans will address the trekkers about Uganda’s liberation journey with emphasis on the role of various organisations including The Front for National Salvation (Fronasa) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM),” said the statement quoted by the Daily Monitor newspaper.

Fronasa was a Ugandan rebel group led by Mr Museveni that was founded in 1971 and fought alongside military groups to overthrow then-leader Idi Amin.

NRM is the ruling party in Uganda and was founded as a liberation movement.

This will not be the first time that the president is leading a walk - on 4 December he took civil servants, ruling party members and police officers on an anti-corruption walk through the capital, Kampala.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni walking
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President Yoweri Museveni recently took part in an anti-corruption walk

Uganda and DR Congo to build cross-border roads

President Yoweri Museveni and President Felix Tshisekedi
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President Félix Tshisekedi (L) is on a three-day visit to Uganda where he is met his Ugandan counterpart (R)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi have agreed to boost trade between the two countries.

President Tshisekedi, who is on a three-day visit to Uganda, during which he will attend the first ever Uganda-Congo Trade Forum, said he was backing President Museveni’s vision to have an integrated Africa.

The two leaders jointly addressed a press conference in Kampala over the weekend where they revealed plans to construct roads linking the two countries to enable the transportation of goods across the border.

“One road we want to work on is from Goli to Mahagi, Bunia - that’s one road. Then the other road would be from Mpondwe to Beni and the other from Bunagana to Rutshuru to Goma,” said President Museveni.

Ministers from the two countries also signed memorandums of understanding on security, infrastructure, transport and tourism.

The border region between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen years of violence, with militia groups from both countries based in the area.

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Map of the Uganda DR Congo border
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Bobi Wine calls Museveni 'enemy of Uganda'

Bobi Wine wearing a red beret
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Bobi Wine will run against President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 election

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has hit back at President Yoweri Museveni who, in a BBC interview, called his rival "an enemy of progress".

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulani, recently declared that he would challenge Mr Museveni, 75, for the presidency in the 2021 election.

Uganda's president has been in power since 1986.

In a tweet, Bobi Wine called the country's leader "the enemy of Uganda" who rules "through the barrel of the gun".

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In the BBC interview, Mr Museveni alleged that the musician had said on a visit to the US that "people should not come and invest in Uganda".

But the presidential hopeful's party, People Power, said Mr Museveni must have been dreaming about its leader, as he has never made such a comment.

In a statement it said that the president must have been referring to a September 2018 interview with Al Jazeera, in which he said that Americans should be wary of giving military aid to Uganda as "it's not being used to protect Ugandans".

Watch Mr Museveni's interview here:

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President Yoweri Museveni  is seeking a sixth term in office in 2021 but the last few years have been dominated by a battle with his leading critic, musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine. The leader of The People Power movement accuses the president of oppression and says he has been subjected to torture while in prison. BBC Newsday's Alan Kasujja sat down with President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe:

(Picture: Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda. Credit: BBC)