Uganda to limit political assembly

2012-05-07 20:44

Kampala - Uganda's parliament appears set to pass a law that critics say would prevent activists and opposition members from holding public rallies of the kind authorities have long wanted banned.

Critics of the bill, which could pass this week following Uganda's ruling party endorsement of it last week, say the law would become a tool for Uganda's long-serving president to consolidate power at a time when his authority is increasingly challenged.

Livingstone Sewanyana, who runs a Kampala-based government watchdog called Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, said Monday that the bill was "extreme".

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986. His security apparatus has become more aggressive in the face of opposition rallies for change.

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