US-Uganda – Clinton urges African leaders to stick to democratic rules

Reuters Africa

KAMPALA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Africa’s leaders should respect the rules on Friday when she met Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a strong Washington ally who has changed the constitution to prolong his hold on power.

She met Museveni, who is serving his fourth elected term after coming to power in 1986, as part of a seven-nation African tour that began in Senegal on Wednesday.

At their meeting in the capital, Kampala, Clinton urged Museveni, a U.S. security ally whose authoritarian policies have provoked criticism from political opponents and foreign rights groups, to consider his legacy.

She also thanked the veteran leader for helping in Somalia, where Ugandan troops form the backbone of an African Union peacekeeping force battling to restore order to the Horn of Africa nation overrun by al Shabaab Islamist insurgents.

United States Special Forces are also working with Uganda in the hunt for fugitive Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, across some of Africa’s most remote and hostile terrain.

Museveni removed the two-term presidential limit set out in the constitution in 2005, a year before seeking his third term.

His ruling party has shown reluctance to set a new term limit, and this is seen as a sign he is interested in ruling for life, though he himself has said nothing categorical on the issue.

The east African country, which recently discovered commercial oil deposits, is due to hold its next presidential election in 2016 and Museveni is expected to run again. Read more…

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