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Vol 61 No 24

Published 3rd December 2020


Museveni falls back on force

The President seems to have run out of subtle tactics for dealing with Bobi Wine’s electoral threat and is resorting to brute force

The dozens of killings by security forces in recent opposition protests indicate the Ugandan authorities intend to rely on brutal repression to cow the population, intimidate voters, and lower the opposition turnout in January's election. The riots of 18-19 November, which broke out after the arrest of pop-star-turned-opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, aka Bobi Wine, were Uganda's deadliest in many years with about 54 people shot dead by security forces.

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