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Published 4th November 2005

Vol 46 No 22



A corpse and an ambitious politician return to upset President Museveni's re-election plans

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's two big political rivals have returned from exile and sparked major new challenges to the President and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). First came 80-year-old Apollo Milton Obote, leader of the Uganda People's Congress (UPC). Forty-three years and a day after becoming Uganda's independence leader, Obote died of kidney failure in South Africa. He arrived at Entebbe airport in a casket draped with the Ugandan flag. Even Milton Obote's own supporters were taken aback by the impact of his death and funeral. Firstly, against expectations and his own political inclinations, Museveni ordered a state funeral. Then the government reversed its decision not to declare a public holiday on the day of the funeral. It is a clear sign that Museveni has started to calculate his political moves much more carefully before the March elections (AC Vol 46 No 19).

Museveni's military

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Too many observers think of the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) as an ill-disciplined bunch of ghost soldiers flying about in junk helicopters. President Yoweri Kaguta Museve...

Armed and dangerous

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Voting in Zanzibar was again rigged by the ruling party and its security forces

The government could pay a heavy price for its decision to declare the victory in Zanzibar of incumbent President Amani Abeid Karume of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi, with 53.2 pe...

Politicians on notice

The power-sharing regime is under fire for corruption and undermining next year's elections

The big cleanup is on hold. In May, a parliamentary committee delivered its report on state contracts signed during the civil wars of 1996-97 and 1998-2003. The report has not been...

Breaking point, again

There may be some diplomatic method in Asmara's apparent madness

Indignant at what he calls blatant international bias against Eritrea in its border dispute with Ethiopia, President Issayas Afeworki is restricting the work of the United Nations ...

Follow the money

Western states, paying $300 million for elections, want to see the government's books

As the elections loom, the government's grip on economic policy loosens and questions about accountability multiply. Some of the European Union countries bankrolling next year's el...

Time's up

Threats and ethnic rivalries get wilder as President Gbagbo's mandate runs out

Violence looms again. President Laurent Gbagbo's five-year term in office ended on 26 October but he insists on staying on. National elections are blocked by the stalemate between ...


Flying flu

The next six weeks are crucial in Africa for the much-feared spread of avian influenza, which may be carried by birds migrating from affected countries in central Asia and Europe. ...

Captive Kolélas

Two weeks after flying home to bury his late wife Jacqueline, former Prime Minister Bernard Kolélas is under house arrest in central Brazzaville, guarded by government soldi...

Explosive uranium

Niger is at the centre of a row over intelligence used to justify the United States' invasion of Iraq and the deepening personal battle between President George W. Bush's White Hou...

Peace for now

A crisis of authority between President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his predecessor, Sam Nujoma, has been averted. The Deputy Minister of Transport, Works and Communication, Paulus Kap...