“Walk-to-work” protests against rising food and fuel prices have been hitting Uganda hard in the last few weeks, with violent clashes breaking out between protesters and security forces. Now Museveni is threatening to change the laws to deny bail to anyone accused of taking part in a riot or “economic sabotage”. He accuses protesters of “scaring away people who come to do business and invest”.
At the same time, opposition leader, Kizza Besigye was barred from boarding a Kenya Airways flight to Uganda after the airline informed him that they would not be allowed to land with him aboard. He was in Kenya seeking medical treatment after being assaulted by government forces while trying to join the protests. News that he might not be allowed to return home triggered further riots in Uganda.
Museveni has been in power for 25 years and is due to be sworn in for a fourth term as president on Thursday.