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Vol 53 No 14

Published 6th July 2012


Uganda

Attacking civil society

The power of civic activists to get people on to the streets worries an already paranoid government

Government attempts to silence criticism by non-governmental and civil society organisations is escalating. The Internal Affairs Minister, Hilary Onek, is threatening to de-register Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA). It’s all part of a crackdown inspired by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, say several NGOs in Kampala, amid continuing demands to restore the constitutional limit on presidential terms to two. Taking Museveni’s lead, government rhetoric says the NGOs are engaged in ‘economic sabotage’. The President has promised a law to punish organisations and individuals which depict Uganda in a bad light and discourage investors.

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