Yoweri Museveni

  1. UN condemns assault of journalists by Uganda military

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Local and foreign journalists are assaulted by Uganda Military Police outside the UN Human RIghts offices on February 17, 2021.

    The UN has condemned an attack by the Ugandan security forces that left several journalists injured.

    They were reporting on the opposition MP and musician Bobi Wine as he was highlighting allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

    The police said security personnel were dispersing an uncontrolled crowd and said it was unfortunate that journalists were injured.

    It comes amid growing concern at the ongoing clampdown against the opposition following President Yoweri Museveni's victory in a disputed election.

    Videos show members of the Ugandan military police chasing after journalists and beating them with long sticks.

    Some reporters were left with serious injuries including bleeding cuts to the head.

    The brutal incident took place right outside the UN Human Rights Office in the capital, Kampala.

    The media was there as Bobi Wine was about to meet officials to call for an investigation into rights abuses.

    His party says a number of supporters are missing and alleges some have been tortured in detention.

    It seems the Ugandan authorities fear the popular appeal of Bobi Wine.

    But unarmed civilians being bludgeoned will give yet more publicity to the musician who says he joined politics to end oppression in Uganda.

  2. Arrests over flogging of Uganda's leader effigy

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Police in Uganda on Monday arrested two men who flogged an effigy of President Yoweri Museveni on a busy road in the capital, Kampala.

    The two men, Luta Ferdinand Male and Nsereko Asharf, described themselves to police as activists of a social movement.

    They accused the president of malpractice in the 14 January elections, although Mr Museveni has previously denied any wrongdoing.

    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango has confirmed the arrests. The pair will face charges of being a public nuisance.

    Daily Monitor newspaper tweeted photos of the arrests:

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    Uganda's highly contested general election saw President Museveni extend his 35-year rule by another term.

    His closest challenger, musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine, is contesting the election outcome in court.

    Last week, the European Union parliament called for sanctions against individuals and organisations involved in human rights abuses during the elections - which they said were undemocratic and lacked transparency.

  3. Uganda's Museveni suspends fund set up by 'foreigners'

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    President Yoweri Museveni stops to speak to supporters as he heads back to his residence on January 21, 2021 in Kampala, Uganda.
    Image caption: President Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986

    Uganda's president has ordered the suspension of a multi-million dollar fund set up by donor countries, after complaining that it is run by foreigners and undermines Uganda's sovereignty.

    In a letter, Mr Museveni ordered the police to investigate how the finance ministry had allowed foreign donors to have what he called a "free rein" to choose which activities to finance, without needing the consent of the government.

    The Democratic Governance Facility is funded by seven donors, including the European Union.

    Its suspension could have a dramatic impact as it helps finance many grass-roots organisations that focus on democracy and human rights.

    Mr Museveni won a sixth elected term last month. Hs main rival Bobi Wine said the election was rigged but Mr Museveni said it was the fairest vote ever.

    Read: Uganda's leader overcomes 'people power' - for now

  4. Uganda elections: Bobi Wine remains under house arrest

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    Video caption: Opposition candidate says he wants to dispute election - but is cut off from his advisors

    Opposition candidate says he wants to dispute election - but is cut off from his advisors. Uganda is now in its fifth day of an internet blackout.

  5. Security stepped up as Uganda counts votes

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Election officials empty a ballot box to count votes after polling stations closed during the presidential elections in Kampala, Uganda 14 January 2021
    Image caption: More than 18 million people registered to vote

    Vote counting is under way at some polling stations in Uganda's capital, Kampala.

    An increased presence of security force members was seen in about the last hour before polls closed at 13:00 GMT.

    Lorries carrying soldiers drove through the city, while police and local defence units were also seen patrolling.

    In some areas, voting is continuing. Election regulations state that people in queues can vote after the official closing time.

    President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years, is seeking re-election.

    The 76-year-old faces 10 challengers, most notably Bobi Wine, the 38-year-old pop star-turned politician.

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    Five things you should know about the upcoming elections in Uganda.