Uganda bans planned protests over polls

2011-02-26 12:31

Kampala – Ugandan police say they will not allow peaceful demonstrations called for by an opposition candidate who claims that the president rigged the recent election.

Kale Kayihura, the inspector-general of police, said opposition leaders wanted to cause violence and destabilise the country using the pretext of peaceful demonstrations.

Official election results said President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 25 years, won 68% of the vote.

Police said Saturday the opposition had not met the legal requirements for the demonstrations to be permitted.

They said the opposition had not provided police with details of the venue, time and number of people expected.

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