Uganda. In July, the country's constitutional court gave
its opinion on the disputed amendments to the constitution
that were implemented in 2017 and which the opposition
sought to have annulled. According to
Countryaah.com, the court approved the rule change
which removed the 75-year age limit for the president.
However, the re-imposed restriction on how many terms of
office the head of state is allowed to fail. Even the
extended term of office for Members of Parliament got the
thumb down from the Constitutional Court.
Another case from 2017 got its resolution in January,
when President Yoweri Museveni pardoned eight editors and
managers within the Red Pepper group (a media company that
publishes newspapers in both English and native languages).
The eight were arrested last November and charged with
treason and then for attempting to damage the president's
reputation by publishing texts that Museveni had planned a
coup against Rwanda President Paul Kagame. A prerequisite
for the pardon was that the accused would apologize to the
In March, President Museveni dismissed National Police
Chief Kale Kayihura and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde.
According to the president, the police force had been
infiltrated by criminals and after accusations of torture
and corruption from the ISO intelligence service several
police officers had been arrested.
In August, independent MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu,
also known as a musician by the artist name Bobi Wine,
organized a demonstration against a new tax on social media.
A few days later, he was indicted in a military court
charged with illegal possession of a weapon. He was arrested
in connection with a tumultuous situation in the city of
Arua in northwestern Uganda, where a parliamentary election
was held. People started throwing stones at a car column,
probably in the belief that Museveni was in one of the cars.
Kyagulanyi's driver was shot dead and according to recent
reports he himself was badly beaten by security forces. The
indictment against Kyagulanyi caused violent protests in the
capital, Kampala. About 100 people were arrested and one
person lost their lives. The charge of illegal weapons
possession was dropped shortly, but after Kyagulanyi was
released he was remanded, then charged with treason along
with some 30 other opposites. Prior to the trial in a civil
court, Kyagulanyi was released on bail and he then traveled
to the United States to seek medical care, according to his
own claim for injuries sustained as a result of abuse.
Kyagulanyi returned to Uganda in mid-September and was
welcomed by several hundred followers. At least eight
journalists who monitored the incident must have been seized
and their equipment seized. In November, the opposition
politician made his first stage appearance as Bobi Wine
since the charges of high treason were raised. The concert
was allowed by the authorities but took place under heavy