Uganda celebrates 50 yrs of independence

2012-10-09 16:22

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Johannesburg - Several African leaders are joining thousands of Ugandans on an airstrip in the capital of Kampala where 50 years ago Uganda announced independence from British rule.

Tuesday's celebration comes amid political agitation as the authorities try to control activists.

Military police surrounded the home of Uganda's top opposition leader on the eve of the anniversary, effectively putting Kizza Besigye out of circulation.

Besigye, the leader of a protest movement against corruption and wasteful spending, had threatened to stage a rally to spotlight what he calls the government's failures.

Uganda has come a long way from the days of its dictators, but one fact illustrates the potential for instability: The country has not had a single peaceful transfer of power since 1962.

President Yoweri Museveni has led since 1986.

- AP
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