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2005-12-29 12:53:32

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's Information Minister Nsaba Buturo defended the detention of opposition leader Kizza Besigye and said his lawyers were deliberately delaying his trial for "political benefits." Besigye has been detained while he stands trial on charges of treason and rape at the civilian High Court, and faces charges of terrorism and weapons offences at a military court. His lawyers are challenging the legality of the prosecutions. Britain and other international aid...

2005-12-19 11:21:38

By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The U.N.'s highest court ruled on Monday that Uganda violated the sovereignty of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and was responsible for human rights abuses there during a 1998-2003 war. The court also found that Ugandan soldiers plundered Congo's natural resources and ordered Kampala to pay reparations. The Congo -- rich in gold, diamonds and timber -- was the battleground for rebels, local factions, tribes and several...

2005-11-30 03:24:11

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - The deputy leader of one of Africa's most brutal rebel groups said in a rare communication that his Lord's Resistance Army was ready to hold talks with the Ugandan government to end a 19-year-old insurgency. Speaking by satellite telephone, Vincent Otti told BBC radio in Kampala that he was calling on the instructions of the cult-like group's elusive leader -- one of the world's most wanted men following international arrest warrants. "The...

2005-11-30 01:43:47

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - The deputy leader of the Lord's Resistance Army said in a rare communication the rebels were prepared to hold peace talks with the Ugandan government to end a 19-year-old insurgency. Speaking by satellite telephone late on Tuesday, Vincent Otti told BBC radio he was calling on the instructions of the cult-like group's elusive leader. "The chairman, General Joseph Kony, has authorised me to talk to you that we want peace talks with the government...

2005-11-25 09:32:32

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - International pressure is urgently needed to end the war in northern Uganda where one of the most neglected humanitarian crises in the world has displaced nearly 2 million people, a U.N. official said. "We need massive international pressure, concentrated and sustained. It has been 20 years and it has got to be stopped," said Dennis McNamara, special U.N. adviser on displacement, referring to the Uganda's war with the shadowy Lord's...

2005-11-24 06:09:05

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye, already accused of treason by the state, was slapped with separate military charges of terrorism and weapons offences before an army court martial on Thursday. Besigye was expected to be the main challenger to President Yoweri Museveni in the nation's first multi-party polls in 19 years, due before March. He was arrested on November 14, less than three weeks after returning to Uganda from four years in...

2005-11-23 01:56:22

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandans must not protest during Thursday's bail hearing for opposition leader Kizza Besigye, the government has said, because any demonstrations could prejudice the state's treason proceedings against him. Besigye's arrest on November 14 triggered the east African country's worst riots in decades as his supporters, and other disaffected youths, took to the streets and destroyed property. A statement issued late on Tuesday by the internal affairs...

2005-11-18 04:41:07

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Not so long ago, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was feted by the West and showered with aid as an example of good governance and social commitment on a continent largely run by corrupt "Big Men." That reputation, cultivated assiduously throughout his 19 years in power, is increasingly at risk. The latest dent in Museveni's image was this week's arrest of a top opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, just days after his return from exile. Some now...

2005-10-08 15:36:41

By David Lewis ABA, Congo (Reuters) - More than 300 Ugandan rebels who had crossed into remote northeastern Congo have withdrawn back into Sudan after Congolese government forces moved to confront them, local officials and civilians said on Saturday. Thousands of local residents had fled the area, which is near Democratic Republic of Congo's border with Sudan, fearing a spate of attacks and looting by the heavily armed Lord's Resistance Army fighters who came across the border last...

2005-09-21 07:24:23

By Daniel Wallis KAABONG, Uganda (Reuters) - There was nothing the men of Kosui could do when gun-toting Jie warriors drove off their cattle in the middle of the night. Local chief Sipiriano Lokwi said they had already handed over their weapons to the Ugandan army -- a rare example of cooperation with attempts to disarm Karamoja, Uganda's most forgotten and destitute region. Across mountainous Karamoja, gunmen haunt ambush sites dubbed "No Man's Land" and "Beirut," shoot-outs with...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'