Uganda’s Museveni signs law removing age cap for president

Written by on January 3, 2018

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has signed a law that scraps a seventy-five-year age cap for presidential candidates. A spokesman for parliament said this on Tuesday, a move critics say will allow him to remain in power indefinitely.

Seventy-three-year-old Museveni, has ruled Uganda for thirty-one years and could now stand again in the next election, due in 2021, despite increased public anger over corruption, human rights violations and poor social services.

Parliament, controlled by Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), approved the constitutional amendment on December twenty-second amid heavy security deployments across the capital Kampala and outside parliament.

Museveni’s move quickly drew criticism from his political opponents, religious leaders, human rights activists and even some members of the ruling party.

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Uganda prosecutor in ‘al-Shabab bomb case’ shot dead

Written by on March 31, 2015

Security had been stepped up in Kampala after warnings of attacks

Security had been stepped up in Kampala after warnings of attacks

Joan Kagezi, the top Ugandan state prosecutor in the trial of 13 men accused of a deadly al-Shabab bomb attack, has been shot dead in Kampala.

Ms Kagezi was targeted by gunmen on a motorcycle as she was on her way home.

The suicide bombing in Kampala in 2010 killed 76 people as they watched the football World Cup final.

Last week, the US embassy in Uganda warned that Westerners – including Americans – may be targeted for “terrorist” attacks in Kampala.

Ms Kagezi, the senior principal state attorney, headed the directorate of public prosecution’s anti-terrorism and war crimes division.

Kampala police spokesman Patrick Onyango said: “They were trailing her on a motorcycle… They shot her dead.”

Ms Kagezi was taken to the main hospital in the capital but died on the way.

Last week the US said it had “received information of possible threats” at city locations where Western nationals gather.

Uganda’s government said the US had warned of a possible suicide bomber trying to enter the country.

Uganda was under threat because it is a key contributor to the African Union mission fighting al-Shabab inside Somalia, a spokesman said.

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