Ugandan police arrested several youth leaders from the oppposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in the capital Kampala yesterday (August 18). The eight protestors were part of a larger demonstration by FDC supporters over the re-appointment of the internationally discredited electrol commission that oversaw the 2006 election which did not measure up to international standards.
FDC youth had intended to march to Uganda’s Parliament to deliver a petition against the appointments but were blocked by police.
The electoral commission has already been endorsed by Uganda’s parliament. Critics accuse Museveni, a former rebel leader, who has ruled Uganda since 1986, of trying to be president-for-life after parliament scrapped term restrictions. The ruling party is rumoured in local political and media circles to be seeking an end to Uganda’s presidential age limit of 75.