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Vol 50 No 19

Published 25th September 2009


Uganda

A King takes on the President

The Baganda people and their monarch are turning on the government and hurting its election prospects

The most serious challenge to Yoweri Museveni's presidency was always going to come from within his own coalition and that seems to have started in Kampala this month. A dispute between Museveni and Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the titular king of Uganda's largest ethnic group, the Baganda, sparked off riots on 10-12 September during which more than 20 people were shot dead. The riots erupted after the government blocked King Ronnie's visit to a district of his Kingdom. The consequences are likely to be far-reaching. The most obvious one is that President Museveni would struggle to win a free election without substantial support from the Baganda.

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