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Vol 38 No 16

Published 1st August 1997


Museveni's backyard

Sweeping changes in the region have not ended the rebellions against Kampala

After helping to bring major changes to neighbouring Congo-Kinshasa and Southern Sudan, the Ugandan armed forces have now escalated their attempts to stamp out Uganda's own rebel movements. The wild, poor border regions have never been at peace since Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his National Resistance Army (now the Uganda People's Defence Force, UPDF) took power in 1986. The rebel movements are small and receive little local support. They are kept alive by their own tenacity, UPDF inadequacy – and support from Sudan's National Islamic Front government and, until lately, from President Mobutu Sese Seko.

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