Africa News Roundup: Uganda Protests, and a Few Other Things

Political tensions continue in Uganda, where the “Walk to Work” protests have generated significant popular enthusiasm – and a significant government crackdown:

  • Alexis Okeowo provides an overview of the situation: “The images of Uganda burning—parts of the hilly green capital Kampala have been on fire—are startling. Action for Change, the group that initiated Walk to Work, has said the uprising is in support of the Ugandans who have to walk to work each day because they can’t afford the rising price of fuel.” Okeowo touches on the complexity of opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s career and on urban-rural splits in Uganda.
  • Reuters provides a factbox on Uganda.
  • The Guardian looks at the economic factors driving the protests.
  • VOA reports on what the fourth week of protests has brought.
  • On Wednesday, “Some 300 lawyers gathered in Uganda’s capital…to protest the arrest of the country’s top opposition leader and a crackdown on demonstrations, chanting: ‘We want a change in the regime’.”
  • Kenya’s Daily Nation updates readers on Besigye’s condition after his release from the Nairobi Hospital. Besigye suffered injuries during the protests and was evacuated to Kenya.

In other news:

  • North Sudan plans to create two new states in Darfur, “in a move which rebels said undermines prospects for peace in the war-torn region.”
  • Mali seeks to boost cooperation with Niger in counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
  • An apparent outbreak of interreligious violence occurred yesterday in Bauchi State, Nigeria.
  • The AP writes on the unintended effects of peacekeeping operations in Somalia: “Ammunition intended for peacekeepers ends up in militant hands. Humanitarian workers pay Somali Islamist rebels protection money. U.N. and Somali officials are accused of skimming from contracts.”

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One thought on “Africa News Roundup: Uganda Protests, and a Few Other Things

  1. The international community won’t be able to ignore Uganda’s protests indefinitely. Museveni is too useful in Somalia, where his troops form the backbone of the West’s military campaign against al-Shabab. However this equation has fallen apart in the Middle East and chancing it in Africa is equally dangerous. For the U.S. and Europe, protecting their “investments” in Somalia necessitates a response to Uganda’s political crisis.

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