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Vol 41 No 7

Published 31st March 2000


Uganda

Other infernos

The government isn't winning and can't afford its wars in the west and north

The systematic killing and burning of more than 700 Ugandans by the leaders of a bogus Christian cult in mid-March generated some sympathy for President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's government. He ordered an enquiry into the killings, saying poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic may have encouraged people 'to look for answers in the realm of metaphysics because there is no answer in real life'. The inferno at Kanugu, in the south-west, and the discovery of more mass graves in the area, painted a picture of desperation.

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