Uganda presidential rivals fear election violence


KAMPALA: Ugandan political candidates raised fears Saturday of violence ahead of presidential polls next month, with accusations of police brutality and claims opposition groups are organizing militia forces. Seven opposition candidates are vying to end President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule in the February 18 poll. Museveni, in power since 1986, will face his stiffest opposition from Kizza Besigye, a three-time loser for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister and ruling party stalwart now leading the Go-Forward party. All sides are accusing each other of arming militias to press their claim to political power.



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