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KAMPALA, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Two opposition lawmakers in Uganda were charged with murder and remanded on Wednesday for the second time in a month, an official with their party said. On Tuesday police said they were holding the two MPs on treason charges. Police did not say on Wednesday whether the treason charges would still be pursued. Most people in the area voted for the opposition lawmakers in Uganda's last election in January. Security officers arrested both lawmakers earlier this month and charged them each with three counts of murder.
Persons: Muhammad Ssegirinya, Allan Ssewanyana, Bobi Wine, Yoweri Museveni, Joel Ssenyonyi, Museveni, Elias Biryabarema, Ayenat Mersie, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Unity, Bobi, Reuters, Tuesday, Police, Thomson Locations: KAMPALA, Uganda, Masaka, Kampala, Uganda's, East
REUTERS/Abubaker LubowaKAMPALA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Ugandan prosecutors on Tuesday charged two lawmakers allied to opposition leader Bobi Wine with the murder of three people, following a spate of unsolved killings that have stoked widespread public alarm. The motive, police said, citing suspects, was to attack elderly residents who had voted for Museveni. Information minister Chris Baryomunsi last month told local television that politicians were behind the killings, but did not name them. "This is just a plan they hatched to implicate the opposition ... they know the real killers," Ssenyonyi said. Museveni, who has ruled Uganda since 1986, was ultimately declared winner of the election, although Wine rejected the results as fraudulent.
Persons: Robert Kyagulanyi, Bobi, Muhammad Ssegirinya, Allan Ssewanyana, Joel Ssenyonyi, Yoweri Museveni, Chris Baryomunsi, Ssenyonyi, Riding, Museveni, Elias Biryabarema, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Unity, Reuters, Security, Police, Museveni, Resistance Movement, Wine, Thomson Locations: Kampala, Uganda, Abubaker, KAMPALA, Masaka, United States
Across the globe, it has strengthened laws to crack down on money laundering and terrorist financing. Countries deemed non-compliant with FATF standards are "grey-listed," or blacklisted, a tag currently held just by North Korea and Iran. The then junior home affairs minister tweeted the government would "disrupt the terror-financing networks" to meet FATF standards. This assessment determined that nonprofits had a "medium/high" vulnerability to terrorist financing, the same as casinos and precious metal dealers, the report showed. But the law criminalizing money laundering and terrorist financing had been barely used.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Museveni, Nicholas Opiyo, Opiyo, Tom Keatinge, Tracey Durner, Maria Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka, Sydney Asubo, Asubo, Vanja, Skoric, Aleksandar Vučić's, Siniša Mali, shouldn't, Maja Stojanovic, Stojanovic, Charity Alliance's, Islam Khan, Narendra Modi's, Liat Shetret, Bobi Wine, Wine, Angus Berwick, Krishna N, Janet McBride, Tom Lasseter Organizations: Force, Reuters, Centre for, Royal United Services Institute, Global Center, Cooperative Security, Sydney, United Nations, Human Rights, European Center, Profit, Finance, Civic Initiatives, Banca Intesa Beograd, Erste Group Bank, of Media Relations, Charity Alliance, UN, India's Ministry of Home Affairs, International Monetary Fund, University of Liverpool, Police, Jewish, Service, U.S, Das, Thomson Locations: Uganda, Serbia, India, Tanzania, Nigeria, London, New York, al Qaeda, Turkey, Myanmar, Paris, North Korea, Iran, United States, Serbian, OTP banka Srbija, New Delhi, Kashmir, Delhi, U.S, East Africa
Congress is fighting back with its own toolkit designed to counter the growing influence of Chinese and Russian corruption campaigns. Those discussions present a timely and consequential opportunity to kickstart a wide-ranging approach to fighting Chinese corruption campaigns abroad. Nowhere is China's corruption on such open display as in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an international corruption scheme cloaked in the language of economic development and interconnectedness. Without new tools for countering China's exporting of corruption, the United States will eventually feel the economic and governance hangover of Chinese corruption. Without CROOK's improved protections, American companies doing business abroad will eventually fall into China's influence trap.
Persons: Scott Greytak, Xi Jinping, Defense Nobuo Kishi, CROOK, Biden, we've, Succès Masra, Bobi, Elaine Dezenski, CROOK's Organizations: Transparency, Service, Defense, American, Foreign Affairs, Overseas, Chinese Community Party, Initiative, Foundation for Defense, Democracies, Foundation, Defense of Democracies, US Agency for International Development Locations: China, Africa, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Chad, Uganda, Beijing, United States
Covid-19 Deaths Rise Sharply in Indonesia
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Jon Emont | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +4 min
Indonesia recorded a sharp increase in daily Covid-19 deaths, reporting more than 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday, as the highly infectious Delta variant swamps the densely populated and largely unvaccinated country. The death toll in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, has been increasing dramatically throughout July, with Covid-19 wards full and patients struggling to access ventilators and proper care. Epidemiologists believe that both countries have severely undercounted Covid-19 deaths, in part because many patients are dying at home without being tested for Covid-19. “Deaths are high in areas with low vaccination and high transmission,” said Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia. About 7% of Indonesia’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19; a woman got a vaccine shot in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Monday.
Persons: Indonesia’s, Epidemiologists, Covid, willy kurniawan, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, , Pandu Riono, Bobi Prabowo, There’s, Sharon Shi, Jon Emont Organizations: University of Oxford, University of Indonesia, Sinovac Biotech Ltd, Covid Locations: Indonesia, Covid, U.S, Europe, Asia, India, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Tulungagung, East Java
REUTERS/Abubaker LubowaA Ugandan military court on Monday released on bail 18 supporters of singer-turned-opposition leader Bobi Wine detained since the start of the year on charges lawyers and government critics say are politically motivated. "They were granted bail, so for now they have some temporary freedom," their lawyer, George Musisi, told Reuters. Wine rejected the results, alleging ballot stuffing, intimidation of his supporters and falsification of ballot tallies. Since last year security forces have detained hundreds of Wine's supporters for interrogations, according to rights activists, the government and opposition officials. "These young people spent six months in jail over charges that were simply punishment for supporting the opposition," Musisi said.
Persons: Robert Kyagulanyi, Bobi Wine, George Musisi, Yoweri Museveni, Wine, Li, Musisi, Museveni Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Museveni, Thomson Locations: Kampala, Uganda, U.S
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda said late on Monday it had detained an American national for involvement in subversive activities amid a deadly crackdown against opponents of longtime President Yoweri Museveni that has drawn growing international censure. In a brief statement on its Facebook account, Uganda Police said it had arrested the American, Guy Smith, in a town in the country’s west on Sunday. He was detained “for his alleged involvement in anti government subversive activities. Museveni, in speeches, has depicted Wine as a puppet of foreign interests, including homosexuals although he has not provided proof. At least 54 people were killed in November as police and the military battled to quell an opposition protest.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Guy Smith, , ” Museveni, Bobi, Robert Kyagulanyi, Museveni Organizations: Uganda Police, Police, U.S . State Department, , Museveni Locations: KAMPALA, Uganda, U.S
WorldLawyers seek to free Uganda's Wine from house arrestPostedLawyers for Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine were in court on Thursday seeking to free the popstar-politician who has been under house arrest since an election a week ago. David Doyle reports.
Persons: Bobi Wine, David Doyle
Wine -- a singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi -- has been under house arrest after the military surrounded his home on Friday. In the weeks leading up to the election, there were several incidences of violence and human rights violations said Human Rights Watch. Bobi Wine and his wife, Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, are seen at home in this photo Wine tweeted on Tuesday, January 19. Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor for United States President-elect Joe Biden, described the house arrest as "deeply concerning" on Sunday. The United States ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown, was blocked by Ugandan security forces from visiting presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday.
Persons: Uganda's, Yoweri Museveni, Robert Kyagulanyi, Wine's, Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, Wine, Museveni, Deprose Muchena, Don Wanyama, Wanyama, Sam Kutesa, Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden, Natalie E, Brown, Alp Toker Organizations: CNN, European Union, EU, Ministers, Twitter, Rights Watch, Ugandan Police Force, National Security, United States, US State Department, United Locations: Uganda, United States
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Uganda’s government spokesman accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to subvert last week’s presidential elections after its ambassador, Natalie E. Brown, attempted to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is under house arrest. “What she has been trying to do blatantly is to meddle in Uganda’s internal politics, particularly elections, to subvert our elections and the will of the people,” Ofwono Opondo told Reuters.
Persons: Natalie E, Brown, Bobi Wine, Ofwono Opondo Organizations: Reuters Locations: NAIROBI, United States
KAMPALA (Reuters) - The United States ambassador in Kampala was blocked by security personnel from visiting opposition leader Bobi Wine at his residence, prompting the mission to call his house arrest a “worrying” sign. Ugandan police officers refuse lawyers of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, from meeting him at his house in Kampala, Uganda January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerWine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has been under house arrest since Thursday shortly after casting his ballot in the country’s presidential elections. “These unlawful actions and the effective house arrest of a presidential candidate continue a worrying trend on the course of Uganda’s democracy,” it said. During the campaigning security forces routinely broke up Wine’s rallies with teargas, bullets, beatings and detentions.
Persons: Bobi Wine, Robert Kyagulanyi, Baz Ratner Wine, Yoweri Museveni, Natalie E, Brown, Kyagulanyi, Ofwono Opondo, Wine Organizations: United, REUTERS, Wine’s, U.S, Government, Reuters, European Union, Unity Locations: KAMPALA, United States, Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda accused the U.S. ambassador on Tuesday of seeking to subvert last week’s presidential election by trying to visit the main opposition candidate at his home, which has been surrounded by security forces since the vote. Ugandan police officers refuse lawyers of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, from meeting him at his house in Kampala, Uganda January 18, 2021. During the campaign, security forces routinely broke up Wine’s rallies with teargas, bullets, beatings and detentions, citing violations of laws meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In November, 54 people were killed as security forces quelled a protest that erupted after Wine was detained for alleged violation of the anti-coronavirus measures. On Monday, security forces cordoned off the party’s offices in the capital.
Persons: Robert Kyagulanyi, Baz Ratner, Bobi, Yoweri Museveni, Wine, Museveni, Natalie E, Brown, Ofwono Opondo, , Opondo, , Wine’s, Benjamin Katana Organizations: REUTERS, Wine, Government, Washington, African Union peacekeeping, Twitter, Unity Locations: KAMPALA, Uganda, U.S, Kampala, United States, Somalia
WorldUganda accuses U.S. envoy of trying to subvert electionPostedThe U.S. embassy in Kampala says Ambassador Nathalie E. Brown was prevented from visiting opposition leader Bobi Wine at his home, which has been surrounded by security forces since an election last week. David Doyle reports.
Persons: Nathalie E, Brown, Bobi Wine, David Doyle Locations: Uganda, Kampala
(CNN) The United States ambassador to Uganda was blocked by Ugandan security forces from visiting presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday. Wine -- a singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi -- has been under house arrest after the military surrounded his home on Friday. Uganda's longtime leader President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner for a record sixth term, amid an internet blackout and allegations of rigging. — BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 18, 2021Speaking through one of his associates, Wine said he had run out of food and that Brown was unable to leave any with him. pic.twitter.com/KVLDR3IH6y — BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 19, 2021Wine rejects Saturday's election results, saying he has evidence of fraud and intimidation.
Persons: Robert Kyagulanyi, Uganda's, Yoweri Museveni, Natalie E, Brown, Wine, Wine's, Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, we're, Natalie, wouldn't Organizations: CNN, United, Twitter Locations: United States, Uganda, Kampala
Uganda's Wine says troops raided party offices
  + stars: | 2021-01-18 | by ( Reuters Editorial | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
WorldUganda's Wine says troops raided party officesPostedUganda's opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine says the military has raided and cordoned off his party's offices as staff were preparing a legal challenge to election results. David Doyle reports.
Persons: Wine, Bobi Wine, David Doyle
(CNN) Uganda's internet shutdown has been described as a "textbook case of pre-meditated, pre-election internet blackout," as connectivity was restored after incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner for a record sixth term. Bobi Wine -- a singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi -- came a far second in the vote, according to the country's election commission. He has been under house arrest after military surrounded his home on Friday, he said. Museveni's house arrest of Wine and blocking of the internet were met with international condemnation over the weekend. "Bobi Wine, other political figures, and their supporters should not be harmed, and those who perpetrate political violence must be held accountable," he said in a tweet on Sunday.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Alp Toker, Robert Kyagulanyi, Wine, Museveni's, Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden, Museveni Organizations: CNN, National Security, United States, UN Locations: London, Kampala
We don't have internet so we are lacking communication," she said. What was going on, according to Wine and other opposition figures, was the election being stolen. In recent elections, a key tactic in curtailing opposition has been to control Ugandans' access to the internet , blocking social media and messaging software like WhatsApp, and even instituting countrywide internet blackouts, cutting the population off from information at the most vital time. Update: It has been 100 hours since #Uganda imposed a nationwide internet blackout on the eve of elections. A worker sweeps the ground covered with campaign posters of President Yoweri Museveni on January 17, 2021 on a street in Kampala, Uganda.
Persons: James Griffiths, Bobi Wine, Yoweri Museveni, Museveni, Ugandans, Netblocks Organizations: CNN International, CNN, Facebook, Service Locations: China, Hong Kong, Ugandan, Kampala, African, Uganda
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine’s party said on Sunday that it was preparing to challenge President Yoweri Museveni’s election victory and condemned what it called the house arrest of Wine and his wife. The campaign and election were marked by a deadly crackdown by security forces on opposition candidates and their supporters and an internet shutdown. Wine’s party said at the news conference that the opposition leader and his wife are unable to leave their home, which it said is surrounded by soldiers and police who are blocking members of his party and journalists from entering. After being beaten by security forces, he was hospitalized for treatment of injuries, party spokesman Joel Seenyonye said at the news conference. Police, military and government spokespeople did not immediately respond on Sunday to requests for comment on the scene at Wine’s house, or on Zaake.
Persons: Bobi Wine’s, Yoweri Museveni’s, Wine, Ugandans, Museveni, Robert Kyagulanyi, , Francis Zaake, Joel Seenyonye, spokespeople Organizations: National Unity Party, Museveni, African Union, Wine, Reuters, Police Locations: KAMPALA, United States, Britain, Uganda
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine’s party said on Sunday that it was preparing to challenge President Yoweri Museveni’s election win and condemned what it called the house arrest of Wine, as news emerged of two people killed in protests over the result. A man walks past a graffiti of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, in Kampala, Uganda January 17, 2021. The campaign and election were marked by a deadly crackdown by security forces on opposition candidates and their supporters and an internet shutdown. Wine’s party said at the news conference that the opposition leader and his wife are unable to leave their home, which it said is surrounded by soldiers and police who are blocking members of his party and journalists from entering. After being beaten by security forces, he was hospitalized for treatment of injuries, party spokesman Joel Seenyonye said at the news conference.
Persons: Bobi Wine’s, Yoweri Museveni’s, Robert Kyagulanyi, Baz Ratner, Ugandans, Museveni, , Francis Zaake, Joel Seenyonye, spokespeople, Wine’s NUP, Edward Ssekandi Organizations: REUTERS, NTV, National Unity Party, Museveni, African Union, Wine, Reuters, Police Locations: KAMPALA, Kampala, Uganda, Luwero, Masaka, NTV Uganda, United States, Britain
Ugandan opposition will challenge election result
  + stars: | 2021-01-17 | by ( Reuters Editorial | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
WorldUgandan opposition will challenge election resultPostedUgandan opposition leader Bobi Wine’s party said on Sunday that it was preparing to challenge President Yoweri Museveni’s election victory. Olivia Chan reports.
Persons: Bobi Wine’s, Yoweri Museveni’s, Olivia Chan
Elections posters of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni are seen on a street in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerKAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result. Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64%, of the total, while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine won 3.48 million votes (34.83%), the electoral commission said in a televised news conference.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Baz Ratner KAMPALA, Museveni, Bobi Organizations: REUTERS, Bobi Wine Locations: Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s long-time leader Yoweri Museveni held a commanding lead in a presidential election according to partial results on Saturday morning, with final results expected later in the day, though his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. Electoral campaign posters of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni hang on street light poles in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. Wine, 38, had galvanised young Ugandans with his calls for political change after 35 years of Museveni, 76, ruling the country. On Wednesday, the government ordered an internet blackout until further notice, a day after banning all social media and messaging apps. The electoral commission has assured Ugandans that results were arriving at the national tallying centre, despite the internet blackout.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Bobi Wine, Museveni, Wine, Simon Byabakama, Robert Kyagulanyi, Wine’s, Ugandans Organizations: REUTERS, Security, Police, Electoral, Reuters, The, European Union, African Union, East African Community, EAC Locations: KAMPALA, Kampala, Uganda, The United States
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni was heading for a resounding win in Uganda’s presidential election with nearly all votes counted on Saturday, although his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. The government ordered the internet shut down the day before the election, and the blackout was still in place. Wine, 38, had galvanised young Ugandans with his calls for political change after 35 years of Museveni, 76, ruling the country. Electoral Commission Chairman Simon Byabakama said on Friday that under Ugandan law, the burden of proof rested with Wine. He cited fraud reports, denial of accreditation to observers, violence and harassment of opposition members, and the arrest of civil society activists.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Bobi Wine, Museveni, Wine, Luke Owoyesigyire, Robert Kyagulanyi, Simon Byabakama, Tibor Nagy, Fred Enanga Organizations: REUTERS, Electoral Commission, Security, Police, Electoral, Wine, Reuters, European Union, U.S, U.S . State Department’s, African Union, East African Community, NBS, Wine’s, Forum, Democratic Locations: KAMPALA, Kampala, Uganda, United States, U.S ., Africa
Uganda's Museveni wins sixth term, rival alleges fraud
  + stars: | 2021-01-16 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +5 min
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has scored a decisive election victory to win a sixth term, the country’s election commission said on Saturday, but his main rival Bobi Wine denounced the results as fraudulent and urged citizens to reject them. Polling agents from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party celebrate the victory of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni in the concluded general elections in Kampala, Uganda January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerThe 76-year-old Museveni, in power since 1986 and one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, won 5.85 million votes, or 58.6% in Thursday’s election. The campaign was marked by a deadly crackdown by security forces on Wine, other opposition candidates and their supporters. “It further exposes how dictatorial the Museveni regime is,” added Wine, who campaigned to end what he called widespread corruption.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Bobi Wine, Baz Ratner, Museveni, Ugandans, “ It’s, , , Deo Akiiki, ” Museveni, Innocent Mutambi, Robert Kyagulanyi, , Tibor Nagy, Edward Ssekandi Organizations: National Resistance Movement, REUTERS, Wine, Electoral, , Reuters, Africa Elections Watch, African, U.S . State Department’s, Wine’s Locations: KAMPALA, Kampala, Uganda, United States, , Africa
The result gives Mr. Museveni, who came to power in 1986 and is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, a new five-year term. It also caps a bitter and bloody campaign for his opponents — particularly his main rival, the musician-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine. He was beaten and bruised, his entire campaign team was detained and his home was surrounded and breached by the military. On Saturday, Mr. Wine challenged the results, saying Mr. Museveni’s government had “fabricated” them. “We rejected what they are putting out,” he said in a telephone interview from Kampala, the capital.
Persons: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Museveni, , Bobi, Wine, Museveni’s, , Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Uganda, Kampala,
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