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Vol 41 No 3

Published 4th February 2000


Uganda

Kaguta yekka!

President Museveni's popularity cannot hide falling support for 'no-party' politics

The ruling National Resistance Movement says it's not a political party, that political parties are unnecessary, divisive and promote ethnic separatism. It proposes a referendum, to be held between 3 June and 2 July, to ask Ugandans if they want to return to multi-party politics. At present, opposition parties are legal organisations, which may make statements to newspapers though they cannot participate as parties in any poll or hold rallies and demonstrations. Their leaders have already called a boycott of the referendum. The government refuses to change its timing, its (not yet determined) rules or its (as yet unformulated) questions.

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