Good morning, everyone… just got to work, trying to organize my stories and getting ready for a trip to northern Uganda to attend the conference I mentioned yesterday on mental health. Should be amazing.
What are people talking about in Uganda today?
-The opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change, is launching an investigation on the death of political activist, Tom Jjulunga, who is suspected to have been killed in a “botched robbery.” The man suspected of killing him, Vincent Baguma, has said that when Jjulunga was killed, the two were on a “crime spree” in Kawempe (a suburb of Kampala) when Jjulunga was shot by a police unit. Baguma brought Jjulunga to a nearby hospital. The two had planned to sell stolen property using forged keys, which in the past Jjulungula had used to break into the offices of another opposition party, the Democratic Party, and steal computers.
-The Democratic Party is threatening to boycott the 2011 elections if Uganda does not reform its electoral process. On April 19, the president had released a letter stating that electoral reforms are unnecessary. Reforms being called for by opposition parties include the restoration of term limits, disbanding of the Electoral Commission, and banning of the army and security agencies’ involvement in elections.
-Across the border, in Kenya, five elderly men are suing the British government for their torture and lawful imprisonment during colonial rule. One said he was castrated by British forces in 1954. Check out Reuters article below: Continue reading