Uganda media intimidated ahead of presidential polls: HRW

Seven opposition candidates are vying to end Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's (pictured) 30-year rule in elections next monthGovernment intimidation of journalists and activists in Uganda is having a “chilling effect” on free speech ahead of elections next month, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Seven opposition candidates are vying to end President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule in the February 18 poll and there are fears violence could mar the campaign, with all sides are accusing each other of arming militias to press their claims to power. 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 running for the new Go-Forward party.

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