Carson in Uganda on political risks as activists arrested

Daily Monitor: US warns against loss of political freedoms:

This followed countrywide arrests by police yesterday of reported 80 opposition activists who, operating under the National Alliance for Free and Fair Elections, tried to demonstrate in demand for credible 2011 polls. The government last evening defended the police clampdown on grounds that “the terrorist threat is still with us.”

Government’s defiance
Information Minister Kabakumba Masiko said: “We are not going to compromise our security for anything, no. As NRM government, we are encouraging all types of freedoms and we shall protect and promote rights of all citizens. But nobody is going to use that as a pretext to terrorise Ugandans.”

The US diplomat, who once served as US ambassador here, yesterday made a guarded U-turn on his 2005 criticism that President Museveni, by removing constitutional presidential term limits, was turning into a dictator like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.

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