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2006-02-23 10:24:37

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's opposition said there had been "multiple irregularities" including voter intimidation and missing ballot papers during Thursday's election, and it was considering a legal challenge. "It has gone very, very badly," Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesman Sam Akaki told Reuters. "The government does not want free and fair elections." Akaki said the "illegal" presence of soldiers close to polling stations was the worst offence, but also cited the use of...

2006-02-23 04:06:08

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - From the shores of Lake Victoria to a remote war zone, Ugandans voted on Thursday in their first multi-party election for 25 years with President Yoweri Museveni aiming to extend his two-decade rule. The 62-year-old ex-rebel commander has led in polls, but still faces a strong challenge from his former physician Kizza Besigye, 49, who has firm backing from the young and in cities. Western donors, who once hailed Museveni as...

2006-02-22 18:23:31

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - From the shores of Lake Victoria to a northern war zone, Ugandans were to vote on Thursday in their first multi-party election for 25 years with President Yoweri Museveni aiming to extend his two-decade rule. The 62-year-old ex-rebel commander is ahead in polls, but still faces a strong challenge from his former physician Kizza Besigye, 49, who has firm backing from the young and in cities. Western donors, who once hailed...

2006-02-22 08:20:00

By Daniel Wallis RWAKITURA, Uganda (Reuters) - An anxious soldier trots across the lawn of the Ugandan president's rural retreat, his arms overflowing with yellow T-shirts of the ruling Movement party. Inside the modest ranch house in Rwakitura, Yoweri Museveni can be heard lecturing officials from a western district, who have defected from the opposition just days before the presidential election. "In Africa, we have many challenges," he says, his booming voice carrying into the cool shade...

2006-02-20 11:16:54

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan riot police fired tear gas and a water cannon at opposition supporters on Monday in the latest outbreak of violence before the east African nation's first multi-party poll in 25 years. Several hundred supporters of opposition leader and presidential candidate Kizza Besigye were gathered at a Kampala rugby club awaiting his final rally in the Ugandan capital before Thursday's election when police moved to disperse...

2006-02-18 11:37:41

By Daniel Wallis RWAKITURA, Uganda (Reuters) - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, rejecting charges he is unjustifiably clinging to power after two decades as leader, predicted on Saturday that voters would re-elect him by a landslide next week. Once hailed as an African success story, the 62-year-old former rebel hopes to extend a stay in office his critics say has become increasingly autocratic. Speaking at his ranch in western Uganda, Museveni dismissed opinion polls showing a...

2006-02-16 20:03:53

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Black-clad soldiers brandishing assault rifles spring from minibuses and fan out around Uganda's High Court to re-arrest 14 suspects accused of treason with a top opposition leader. The judge withdraws from the case, without saying why. Next, a general tells local radio the army will not accept orders from the courts, and says judges are helping terrorists and forgetting who appointed them in the first place. Two days later the replacement judge...

2006-02-16 08:14:18

By Daniel Wallis COO PE CAMP, Uganda (Reuters) - Sitting in a camp for villagers forced from their homes by two decades of war in northern Uganda, 20-year-old Alfred Ojok says he won't be voting for President Yoweri Museveni in next week's election. Like many of the 1.6 million people uprooted by one of Africa's most brutal conflicts, he blames the southern former rebel commander for failing to end the fighting. "We want change," Ojok says. "We cannot remain living like this ......

2006-02-15 09:54:34

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Two people were shot dead when trouble broke out at an opposition gathering in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Wednesday, a week ahead of a presidential election, a Reuters photographer said. The shooting came within hours of a judge's ruling that the trial of opposition leader Kissa Besigye, who is facing treason charges his supporters say are politically motivated, would be adjourned until after the election. A man opened fire on the crowd after Besigye...

2006-02-15 07:57:13

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - A Ugandan judge adjourned the treason trial of opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Wednesday until after the country's presidential election next week, giving a boost to the challenger's campaign. Justice Vincent Kagaba ordered the trial of President Yoweri Museveni's main rival to resume on March 15 after the prosecution said it needed time to respond to what the defense called "incurable" defects in the state's charge sheet. "I am forced to give...


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