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Uganda Probes Opposition Over Militias Before February Vote

  • President seeking to extend 30-year rule in Feb. 18 vote
  • Police brutality may undermine elections, rights group says

Uganda is probing reports that opposition groups are forming militias to cause violence during next month’s election in which President Yoweri Museveni will seek to extend his 30-year rule, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said.

Opposition groups “under the guise of training agents to protect their votes, are raising semi-militia groups under different code names,” Rugunda said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement from the capital, Kampala. “These groups, we have learnt, are being prepared to incite provocation and violent confrontations, starting on polling day until the swearing ceremony in case they lose the elections.”