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Maintaining Museveni’s securitised state

As Ugandans prepare to go to the polls in January 2021, the involvement of security forces in the electoral process is a given and political reform seems a long way off

Museveni isn’t worried about winning the election, but about what comes next

Uganda’s president is likely to win the next election. But Bobi Wine’s constituency poses the most serious threat yet to his continued rule

‘He ain’t heavy, he’s a policeman and he’s paying . . .’

The story behind Ugandan photojournalist Nicholas Bamulanzeki’s iconic picture of the policeman in the floods

Is Bobi Wine more than a one-hit wonder?

COMMENT: For all Bobi Wine’s evident popularity, it remains to be seen if he can build a political machine capable of posing a serious threat to Uganda’s president

Why Uganda needs a Stella Nyanzi in Parliament

Many Ugandans find Stella Nyanzi’s mode of protest, including vulgar insults and stripping to make a point, unsettling. But her challenge to the country’s patriarchy could bring much-needed reform

Bobi Wine presents his presidential credentials

The Ugandan opposition leader believes he is best-placed to lead an opposition coalition

Meet Katoto, Museveni’s big fan

The TV cartoon character — think Homer Simpson meets Robin Hood — with added propaganda

I only have eyes for Bobi Wine

Ever since Bobi Wine, Uganda’s biggest pop star, won his seat in parliament in a contested 2017 race, western journalists have flocked to the...

Zimbabwe’s opposition copies the Kenyan playbook

Raila Odinga told Nelson Chamisa: 'Declare victory early, and keep declaring' — and Chamisa listened

After Mugabe: Do I dare to hope, as a Ugandan?

For many Ugandans, Mugabe’s fall has been welcomed with excitement in hopes that Yoweri Museveni’s firm 31-year-grip on power will finally be toppled.

Zuma hails Uganda for ‘peaceful’ poll amid US backlash

Ugandans ‘deserved better’, says the US as African observer missions and presidents praise the election that saw Yoweri Museveni reinstalled.

Uganda opposition leader held after election loss

Kizza Besigye has been detained for the fourth time in just over a week – a period in which he also lost to Yoweri Museveni in the national election.

Uganda’s Besigye released on bail

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been released on bail, after being arrested at a gathering in Kampala following the death of a policeman.

Ugandan police crack down on new Besigye gathering

Ugandan police have dispersed thousands of supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye who gathered to hear his calls for cost-of-living protests.

Uganda’s Besigye vows to press on with protests

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye says that cost-of-living protests must go on, despite a lull in recent weeks while he was out of the country.

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Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

The former president says he will talk once the courts have ruled, but the head of the state capture inquiry appears resigned to letting the clock run out as the commission's deadline nears

Stern warning against Covid greets Mthembu’s death

The ANC has slammed conspiracy theorists and cautioned against showing complacency towards the deadly virus

Lala ngoxolo Mvelase Jackson Mthembu

In his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the late minister ‘a life-long champion of freedom and democracy’

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