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Vol 54 No 4

Published 15th February 2013


Uganda

Spring in opposition’s step

New opposition leader and liberation fighter Mugisha Muntu tries to galvanise the ranks as he senses growing disarray in the ruling party

A tough police and military crackdown is stifling attempts to reproduce the success of the Walk to Work street protests led by Kizza Besigye, the then leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), in early 2011. Police units have the home of Besigye and his wife, Winnie Byanyima, under surveillance nearly round the clock. Last month Byanyima, a former member of parliament, became the local head of the international non-governmental organisation Oxfam. Police use preventive detention against opposition figures such as Besigye and the Kampala Metropolitan Mayor, Elias Lukwago, another former MP. Both were detained in late January and later released without charge in anticipation of a demonstration by a loose group of oppositionists called For God and My Country (4GC).

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