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Vol 38 No 23

Published 21st November 1997


Uganda

The border war

The rebellion in the north damages President Museveni's reputation and his budget

In Africa, President Yoweri Museveni's stock runs high, some argue it's second only to Nelson Mandela's. Triumphantly and genuinely elected last year, Museveni's reputation is based on his claims to have turned his country around and rebuilt a sense of national unity. In the eleven years since Museveni's revolutionary forces marched into Kampala, Uganda has shed its shameful reputation for state violence. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund applaud Museveni's tough monetary policies that have made the economy grow at over 7 per cent a year since 1990. The United States is pleased by his regional leadership against Sudan's National Islamic Front regime. Now, with his ally Laurent-Désiré Kabila in charge of what was Mobutu Sese Seko's Zaïre, and English-speaking businessmen making fortunes there, Uganda looks like the entry point for the emerging markets of the Great Lakes region.

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