Uganda denies backing Rwandan rebels as tensions grow
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president is denying support for rebels opposed to Rwanda's government as tensions between the two East African neighbors persist, raising fears of a possible armed...
Ruling party endorses Uganda’s Museveni for 6th term
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The highest decision-making body of Uganda's ruling party has endorsed longtime president Yoweri Museveni to be its nominee for president in the 2021 elections.
Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Can one of Africa's longest-serving leaders be talked into giving up power?
A new movement in Uganda wants to find out, encouraged by the president's tentative embrace of a so-called "national dialogue" as the government is in a showdown with an opposition pop star whose popularity with disaffected young people is unsettling the ruling party.
Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United States and others are urging Ugandan authorities to fully investigate a military attack on a tribal king's palace two years ago that killed over 100 civilians and was widely condemned.
At least 15 children were among the victims of the November 2016 assault targeting a kingdom known as Rwenzururu, whose leader for years has been politically opposed to Uganda's longtime President Yoweri Museveni, according to Human Rights Watch.
Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent.
The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about promoting tourism and arts. He also gave West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, "Ugandan" names, the State House said in a Facebook post.
Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers on Monday during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent.
The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful discussions" about promoting tourism and arts. He also gave West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, "Ugandan" names, the State House said in a Facebook post.
African youth opposition movement aims to drive change
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Popular young opposition leaders from East Africa are uniting with like-minded colleagues in West and Southern Africa to form a movement to challenge the misrule that has plagued the continent.
Uganda’s opposition pop star says he doesn’t feel safe
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine said on Monday he is concerned about his safety four days after returning from the United States, where he sought medical care for injuries sustained during alleged state torture.
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, told reporters "I don't feel safe at all ... My family lives in fear."
Africa youth boom on display as Uganda leader faces pop star
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Call it a struggle for the soul of the ghetto.
Uganda's longtime president this month went on a whirlwind tour of some of the capital's poorest slums, handing out checks totaling over a quarter-million dollars.
The next day, residents turned up in the red colors of the opposition and instead gave thanks to President Yoweri Museveni's newest and biggest challenger, a crusading pop star and rookie lawmaker who styles himself as the "ghetto president."
Ugandan pop star vows to fight on after arriving from US
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine vowed Thursday to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying," shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture.
The Latest: Uganda’s pop star politician vows to fight on
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Latest on Uganda's pop star politician (all times local):
Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine is vowing to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying."
The singer whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu spoke to reporters shortly after police escorted him home from the airport amid heavy security. He says that "I didn't know where they were taking me. They just grabbed me."
Uganda’s opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture, while police say they will meet him at the airport.
Uganda opposition pop star blocked from flying to US for aid
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker whose treason charge has outraged the country after he alleged torture in detention has been blocked from leaving for the United States for treatment, lawyers said late Thursday, while a colleague was stopped from traveling to India.
Ugandan pop star, government critic Bobi Wine free on bail
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — To chants of "People power! Our power!" Ugandan pop star turned government critic Bobi Wine was freed on bail Monday, ending days of incarceration during which he and some of his co-accused allege they were tortured by security forces.
The 36-year-old lawmaker, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, was on crutches as he left the courthouse in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu. He claims he was injured by severe beatings by security forces while he was in detention.
Uganda charges ex-police chief who fell out with president
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A military general who recently commanded Uganda's national police has been charged over his role in the illegal repatriation to Rwanda of refugees wanted there.
Gen. Kale Kayihura also was charged with "failure to protect war materials." He denied the charges before a military court on Friday.
Kayihura was fired in March after falling out of favor with longtime President Yoweri Museveni amid reports he was building his own power base within the security forces.
Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker faces a treason charge
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan government filed a charge of treason Thursday against a pop star-turned-lawmaker who has emerged as a major critic of the long-serving president and whose jailing drew outrage from top musicians around the world.
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, was visibly weak and struggled to walk into court from what his lawyer said was a severe beating while in custody. The government denied it.
Uganda’s pop star-turned-lawmaker now facing treason charges
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president was charged with treason in a civilian court on Thursday, minutes after a military court dropped weapons charges.
Official: Jailed, beaten Ugandan pop star in ‘a lot of pain’
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop star-turned-lawmaker is in "a lot of pain" after being beaten while in custody, the deputy speaker of Uganda's parliament said Wednesday, as dozens of top musicians including Angelique Kidjo and Chris Martin condemned the "vicious" treatment.
Pressure was mounting on the government to free Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who has emerged as an influential critic of longtime President Yoweri Museveni after winning a parliament seat last year.
Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police fired bullets and tear gas Monday to disperse a crowd of protesters demanding the release of a jailed pop star who is a prominent critic of President Yoweri Museveni.
There were no deaths in the riots in a downtown market in the capital, Kampala, as the security forces chased rioters who had barricaded roads, police spokesman Emilian Kayima said. Footage by local broadcasters showed soldiers and police arresting scores of people and bundling them onto trucks.
Uganda opposition figure held after anti-president protest
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A prominent opposition figure in Uganda has been detained after violent clashes Monday night that allegedly started when President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade was pelted with stones, a military official said Tuesday.
Lawmaker Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was held overnight in the northwestern town of Arua, where he and other politicians, including Museveni, had been campaigning for a lawmaker, said Capt. Jimmy Omara, a spokesman for the Special Forces Command.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A court in Uganda has validated a law that removed an age limit for the country's presidents and cleared the way for President Yoweri Museveni to remain in power.
Three of five judges on the panel rejected a legal challenge to a constitutional amendment that jettisoned a clause preventing anyone 75 and above from holding the presidency.
Museveni, who is 73 now and backed the amendment, would have been ineligible to run again when his current term expires in 2021.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is deploying military escorts and buying armored trucks for each of its more than 400 lawmakers while blaming growing insecurity, but critics blast the decision as too expensive for a poor country that long has been considered one of Africa's more stable nations.
Longtime President Yoweri Museveni issued the directive in a June 29 letter to the finance minister that cites "shallow criminality and terrorism" in recent years.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leaders of South Sudan's warring sides have agreed in principle on key issues for a possible accord to end the country's civil war, now in its fifth year.
According to a post on Facebook by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, he met with rebel leader Riek Machar in Uganda Saturday for 10 hours of negotiations mediated by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Sudan's President Omer al-Bashir.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.
The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences."
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir met again with rival Riek Machar on Monday in neighboring Sudan amid fragile efforts to end their country's five-year civil war, while the new U.S. ambassador to Juba told The Associated Press the U.S. is skeptical of the latest talks.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military says a former ally of the longtime president who was recently fired as national police chief has been taken into custody for unspecified questioning.
The army says in a statement that Gen. Kale Kayihura is being held at a military barracks in the capital, Kampala.
The case signals apparent efforts by President Yoweri Museveni to remove people in his security forces thought to be disloyal.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's troubled ruling party is trying to pull itself together ahead of a new round of peace talks on the country's civil war, with high-profile assistance from Egypt and Uganda.
The attendance on Thursday of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at a special party conference came amid reported friction inside the administration of South Sudan President Salva Kiir.
Uganda’s ‘life presidency’ law faces legal challenge
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court is hearing a case that seeks to overturn a measure that removed an age limit to the long-time president's rule.
Opposition politicians and the local bar association are challenging the law, passed in December, that allows President Yoweri Museveni to potentially hold power for nearly five decades.
"We shall get justice" before an independent panel of judges, said Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, a member of the petitioners' legal team.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Mysterious deaths of foreigners and locals are stoking fears in Uganda about crime amid an ongoing feud among the country's security agencies, and now the president is weighing in.
Uganda ruling party wants to extend president’s rule to 2035
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's ruling party is pushing for a referendum that could extend the longtime president's rule to 2035 despite the objections of opposition leaders who call it a move toward a life presidency.
A national referendum to extend the president's term from five years to seven most certainly will happen in 2018, said Rogers Mulindwa, a spokesman for the National Resistance Movement party.
‘I love Trump,’ Uganda’s leader says, despite vulgar remark
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president says he loves President Donald Trump and that he should be praised for not mincing words.
"I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly," President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday, shortly after the U.S. ambassador apologized for Trump's recent reference to African nations as "shithole countries."
"I don't know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly," Museveni said. "In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak."
Uganda’s leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to "hang a few."
President Yoweri Museveni said he had not ordered executions in 19 years but was changing his mind because people were taking advantage of the "leniency."
Challenge in Uganda against removing presidential age limit
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government says it is preparing a response to the court challenge filed by a lawyers' association against a new law removing a presidential age limit from the constitution.
The change allows 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni to run for another term in 2021. The opposition has loudly protested the change, and the Uganda Law Society on Monday filed a petition arguing that it should be annulled and alleging that the process was flawed.
Ugandan leader signs bill removing presidential age limit
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill that removes a presidential age limit from the constitution and allows him to run for election again, deputy spokeswoman Linda Nabusayi confirmed Tuesday.
Museveni, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders and a U.S. ally, is 73 and would have been ineligible to run in 2021. Now he could rule until 2031.
Scuffles in Uganda parliament amid ‘life presidency’ debate
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Scuffles erupted in Uganda's parliament on Tuesday over the presence of unidentified soldiers in the building as lawmakers debate a bill that could extend the president's time in office.
Amid the chaos, the speaker adjourned proceedings to investigate the alleged presence of soldiers in prayer sanctuaries inside the building.
6 Ugandan lawmakers suspended over ‘life presidency’ bill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Six Ugandan opposition lawmakers have been suspended from the legislature amid heated debate over a bill to abolish the presidential age limit.
The lawmakers were suspended Monday for allegedly disobeying the speaker's orders when they persistently questioned her decisions.
Most other opposition lawmakers briefly walked out of the chamber, saying they wanted to consult, but later returned.
Uganda’s leader supports removing presidential age limit
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president is signaling support for legislation that seeks to extend his long rule by removing a presidential age limit from the constitution.
Speaking to a committee of lawmakers about the issue Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni asked: "If someone votes, why can't he be voted for?"
Lawmakers are considering the bill that would remove a clause that bars anyone over 75 from holding the presidency.
After Mugabe, Africa’s other longtime leaders feel a chill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — After the stunning fall of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, attention has turned to other longtime African leaders accused of trying to extend their rule.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's sudden move last week to decorate over 300 army officers in a rare mass promotion suggested the jolt of realization across the continent: If Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, could be forced from power by the military, perhaps anyone can.
Sudan’s president, wanted by the ICC, visits Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Rights groups on Monday urged Ugandan authorities to arrest the visiting president of Sudan, who has long been wanted by the International Criminal Court for serious crimes.
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was welcomed to Uganda Monday by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Sudan's president is here for a two-day visit.
Sudan’s ICC-wanted president is set to visit Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sudan's president, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, is expected to visit Uganda on Sunday at the invitation of Uganda's government.
As a signatory to the treaty that created the ICC, Uganda has an obligation to arrest Omar al-Bashir. But Ugandan presidential spokesman Don Wanyama says al-Bashir, who is wanted over alleged atrocities in the Darfur region, is immune from arrest as a head of state.
Ugandan lawmaker introduces bill to extend president’s rule
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A government-backed Ugandan lawmaker introduced a measure Wednesday to extend the long-time president's rule, following a fight in which opposition lawmakers were forcibly evicted from the legislative chamber.
Ugandan lawmakers in brawl over ‘life presidency’ bill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A fistfight broke out in Uganda's parliament Tuesday amid efforts to introduce legislation that could extend the president's decades-long hold on power.
After opposition lawmakers accused a colleague on the government side of carrying a gun, a brawl broke out in which lawmakers pushed and punched each other before the speaker ordered body searches.
Ugandan police tear gas protesters of ‘life presidency’ bill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse protesters and arrested dozens of people opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the longtime president to extend his rule.
In a chaotic session in parliament, during which many lawmakers heckled and threatened each other, the house speaker said the contentious bill is likely to be introduced next week.
Uganda's constitution bars anyone over the age of 75 from seeking the presidency.
Uganda police detain 11 protesting ‘life presidency’
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police have detained a lawmaker and 10 others who were arrested while protesting against a plan that they charge would enable the country's long-term president to rule for life.
Emilian Kayima, a police spokesman in the capital Kampala, said they are holding a prominent opposition member of parliament and others accused of staging an unlawful assembly Monday.
Uganda lawmakers plan to remove presidential age limit
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Lawmakers with Uganda's ruling party on Tuesday backed plans to remove the presidential age limit, which would allow longtime President Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule.
The ruling party caucus decided to throw out a clause that puts the upper age limit at 75, said Chris Obore, a spokesman for Uganda's parliament. The issue is not yet on parliament's agenda, he said.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Dozens of human rights watchdogs and lawyers on Friday urged Uganda's government to allow an independent investigation into killings by security forces during violent clashes with a tribal kingdom last year that left over 100 dead.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan academic detained for calling the president "a pair of buttocks" was freed on bail Wednesday after spending over a month in jail.
Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University, appeared frail and had to be assisted by prison warders.