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Uganda arrests 'bomb masterminds'
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One of the suspects weeps at a press conference given by the Ugandan military on 12 August 12 2010Investigators in Uganda have arrested four men who they say masterminded twin bomb attacks that killed more than 70 people last month. The men, all of them Ugandan, admitted their involvement in the Kampala attacks during a news conference.

They all spoke of their role in the attacks that struck a restaurant and a rugby club - the venues hosting fans watching the World Cup football final. After the attacks, a Somali Islamist group said it was behind them.

Al-Shabab said the bombings were in revenge for Uganda's role in sending troops to Somalia as part of the African Union's mission to support the besieged government there.

Investigators in Uganda and Kenya have already detained a number of people they believe were connected to the attacks. But the BBC's East Africa correspondent Peter Greste says it is the first time the Ugandan military say they have found the masterminds.

Tearful

The four suspects appeared in a press conference organised by military intelligence in Uganda's capital, Kampala. The BBC's Joshua Mmali in Kampala, who attended the event, says the suspects were brought in one by one.

Each gave detailed descriptions of how they were involved in the plot, he said. The suspects told the media that they had organised the attacks out of religious conviction.

One of the men seemed remorseful and occasionally cried during his testimony, our reporter says. "I know I'm a monster to you all because of the evil acts that I did… as I told you I wasn't thinking straight," he said.

"One thing I want to stress is that they never promised us any cash." The suspects were asked by journalists if they had been tortured while in custody, but they denied that they had, our reporter says.

One of the men said he was the contact with al-Shabab.

At a separate briefing the head of police, Kale Kayihura, said that 22 people were in custody directly connected to the bombings, our Kampala correspondent says.

About 5,000 African Union troops from Uganda and Burundi are based in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, propping up the fragile interim government.

The force is engaged in frequent firefights with the Islamist insurgents that control much of southern and central Somalia.

Source: BBC News

Fear level rises as LRA rebels return
Category: Ugandan News

Southern Sudanese who have fled the LRA wait for food aid in YambioA familiar foe has ramped up its activities in central Africa. Raids by the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are becoming more frequent and, as the BBC's Peter Martell reports, a sense of alarm is spreading.

Stephen Taban spent two years fighting for the LRA. The 20-year-old does not need time to think about which parts were the worst.

 

"Killing people and catching the kids," he says, looking down at the ground as he speaks.

"It was a bad time. We were told: 'Go and bring back the small children.'"

He knows what terror that caused: he was conscripted after being snatched from his family's farm in southern Sudan.

But if the jungle rebels failed to return with food and fresh recruits, commanders would burn them on the back with red-hot metal from a fire.

"I was a soldier, I was carrying a gun," he says.

"I didn't like it, but I was forced to fight."

The fighters - whose leaders originate in northern Uganda - have earned a grim reputation for murder, rape and abducting children.

Mutilating victims, including hacking off noses and lips, is one of their trademark calling cards.

Boys are taken to become fighters, girls as sex slaves for the commanders.

Mr Taban escaped in June, running away through the thick forests and swamps that the guerrillas hide in.LRA rebels pictured in 2006

 

 

He still wears the green T-shirt with a Ugandan army logo given to him after he surrendered.

Ironically, it was the Ugandan army that the LRA leadership began fighting two decades ago - although the rebels have long since shifted northwards.

Moving in small groups, the machete-wielding rebels now menace a wide region across southern Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic, dragging in recruits from several nations.

While the war is over for Mr Taban, the rebel raids increase.

Aid agencies targeted

The UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Sudan, Ameerah Haq, said there was "grave concern" at "escalating attacks".

The rebels have waged war in several countries

"Many innocent people are losing their lives every week," she says, speaking during a visit to Yambio, capital of the hard-hit Western Equatoria state.

Rebels raided just three miles outside Yambio earlier this month, while aid workers had to be airlifted by helicopter out of the remote town of Ezo after attacks in August, shutting down international aid efforts there.

"The United Nations is very concerned about the killing, abduction, maiming and displacement of innocent civilians," Ms Haq said.

Many of the attacks targeted the food provided by international aid agencies, she said, warning that greater security efforts were needed.

There are just 200 UN peacekeepers in Western Equatoria, with forces already stretched tackling separate conflicts elsewhere in southern Sudan.

'No protection'

Some of the 68,000 civilians who have fled their homes this year from rebel attacks in the remote southern Sudanese state have come to Yambio for safety.Southern Sudanese who have fled the LRA wait for food aid in Yambio

At least 188 people from southern Sudan have been killed and more than 130 abducted since December.

Many in the camps see no prospect of a return home

"They attack normally at night, but they also like to come on a Sunday, because they know we will all be together at church," said Veronica Cosmos, who fled Ezo in August with her small baby after rebels snatched her other child.

"We don't have much shelter or food here, but we are not safe in Ezo."

The rebels have also attacked Congo - killing at least 1,270 people, abducting 655 children and forcing some 540,000 people to flee in the past 12 months, according to the UN refugee agency.

"We cannot go home, but life in the camp is hard," said Gaaniko Bate, at the ever-growing Makpandu camp in southern Sudan, where more than 2,500 Congolese refugees are building new homes of plastic sheeting and thatch huts.

"How long will we have to wait? We cannot protect ourselves at home against these people."

Source: BBC News Africa

Ugandan Police Clash With Kabaka Supporters on Streets
Category: Ugandan News

Uganda: Ten Killed as Pro-Monarchy Rioters Shut Down CapitalNairobi — Ugandan police have used excessive force during clashes with rioting supporters of a local monarch in which at least 10 people died, according to a human rights watchdog.

The clashes erupted on 10 September in the capital, Kampala, sparked off by a planned visit by King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi of Buganda kingdom to the central district of Kayunga on 12 September. Kayunga is part of Buganda kingdom, but a minority community in the area is opposed to the trip. Kingdom officials say the central government is trying to thwart the visit.

"The available evidence raises serious concerns that police used excessive force in confronting demonstrators," Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a statement. "A thorough investigation is needed to find out who is responsible." Riots continued across the city and in several neighbouring districts on 11 September, with local media reporting five more people gunned down by the police. The Ugandan police deny the allegations. The government has also suspended four Luganda language FM stations on the grounds that they were instigating violence.

Kings without clout [WATCH VIDEO] Ugandans fear new clashes

Before the British colonized it in the 19th century, Uganda comprised several kingdoms - most of which eventually lost their political clout. In 1976, kingdoms were abolished by President Milton Obote. In 1993, President Yoweri Museveni restored them, but as cultural institutions.

The main kingdoms include:

Uganda's largest and most politically powerful kingdom, Buganda is located in the central region along the shores of Lake Victoria. Kampala is also home to Mengo, the seat of the Kabaka (king).

The Baganda are the largest ethnic community in Uganda, with an estimated five million people. During the colonial era, Buganda became the most influential kingdom in Uganda when the British rewarded it for its collaboration by giving it territories that belonged to the western kingdom of Bunyoro.

Many Baganda have, for several years, unsuccessfully lobbied the government to introduce a federal form of government that would give some autonomy to the regions. The current kabaka is Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

The kingdom of Bunyoro, with about 700,000 people, is in western Uganda along the shores of Lake Albert. It casts itself as the oldest East African kingdom, and is ruled by an Omukama. Historically one of the most militarily powerful kingdoms, Bunyoro opposed colonization and paid for it with the loss of some territory.

Much of the oil recently discovered in Uganda is in this region. The current Omukama is Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 1, the 27th king of Bunyoro. Traditionally, the Acholi people of northern Uganda were organized in groups of clans presided over by a Rwot, or paramount chief.

Two decades of war in the north between the government and Lord's Resistance Army rebels, however, forced about two million Acholi to abandon their homes and seek refuge in camps.

Currently, the kingdom is using traditional Acholi justice systems - such as mato oput, where the offender confesses his crime and is absolved - to try to build peace and reconciliation.

The current Rwot is David Acana Onen II.

On the eastern shores of Lake Victoria where the source of the River Nile is located, Busoga is one of the country's oldest kingdoms. Ruled by a Kyabazinga, the kingdom has about two million subjects.

A succession struggle followed the death in 2008 of the previous Kyabazinga, Henry Wako Muloki. In June, Prince Edward Columbus Wambuzi installed himself as the new Kyabazinga, but opposition remains.

Also in western Uganda, the Toro kingdom - with about 800,000 subjects - was formerly part of Bunyoro; its leader is also called the Omukama.

The kingdom has close ties with Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi, who was made defender of the Toro kingdom in 2001. The current Omukama of Toro is Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, who became the world's youngest monarch at the age of three in 1995.

Located in southwestern Uganda and traditionally ruled by an Omugabe, the Banyankore people are divided into two groups with a total population of 2.3 million - the minority, mainly pastoralist Bahima, and the mainly agriculturalist Bairu.

Although it is one of Uganda's oldest kingdoms, Ankole has not had its title returned, so its leader, John Barigye, is officially regarded only as a prince.

Several other kingdoms and chiefdoms are officially recognized by the government, including the union of Alur chiefdoms, the Iteso paramount chieftancy, the paramount chieftaincy of Lango and the Padhola state.

Source: AllAfrica

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