KAMPALA — Ugandan police searched two key media houses for a second day Tuesday after they reported a falling out among army generals over whether the president's son is to succeed him. Searches continued at The Daily Monitor, one of the country's main daily newspapers, as well as at the Red Pepper newspaper.
Both were closed for a second day. Two radio stations in the Monitor's offices also remained off air. "The police is working within the parameters of the law," Ugandan information minister Mary Karooro Okurut said Tuesday, adding the police "will continue to search media houses until they have obtained all the information they require."
Following the raid by the Uganda Police Force on the Monitor Publications Offices today at 10:00am, we the human rights defenders condem in the strongest terms persistent acts of harrasment of the media. We express the solidality with the Monitor and KFM for the current unwarranted transgressions on their offices.
According to the Executive director Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana, he demanded the immediate withdraw of police and security diployment at Monitor publications offices offices and asks Police to have respect for media freedom in uganda.
A group of Members of Parliament across the political divide have drafted a Bill to re- introduce presidential term limits into the national constitution.
The MPs Wednesday met the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in her office at Parliament and notified her about their intention to move a motion, seeking leave of Parliament to introduce a private member's Bill for restoration of presidential term limits, and other related matters.
They asked her to grant them space on the order paper to present the motion on the floor of Parliament.
The movers contend that there is need to restore term limits into the constitution saying they "help leadership and authority rotate amongst people and improves on the system of checks and balances and counteract the primordial mentality of holding power in perpetuity and eventually eliminates the prospects of a life presidency."
Uhuru Kenyatta is set to be sworn in today (9th/April/2013) as Kenya's new president, following his victory in March against Raila Odinga. Tens of thousands of people have packed a stadium in the capital, Nairobi, to witness his inauguration. The crowd, waving Kenyan flags, gave him a rapturous welcome when he entered the stadium.
According to official results, Mr Kenyatta beat Mr Odinga by 50.07% to 43.28% in March, avoiding a run-off by just 8,100 votes. Mr Odinga challenged the result, but said he would respect the Supreme Court ruling in Mr Kenyatta's favour. Mr Kenyatta's victory was upheld by the Supreme Court, despite Mr Odinga's attempt to overturn the result.
The United States on Wednesday offered a reward of up to $5 million each for fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and some of his top aides in the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group.
Mr.Kony, who has been accused of terrorizing northern Uganda for 20 years and was ejected from the country along with his rebel group in 2005, is wanted by the International Criminal Court. The warlord and a few hundred followers are now believed to roam the remote jungle straddling the borders of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. His guerrillas are accused of abducting children to use as fighters and sex slaves, and of hacking off victims’ limbs as a method of intimidation and revenge.
The State Department said that Mr. Kony, along with aides identified as Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, had been cited under the department’s newly expanded War Crimes Rewards Program. Under the program, the State Department offers rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest, transfer or conviction of such fugitives.
From Newyork Times