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Uganda Security agencies get protest management guidelines.

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Uganda’s president on Sunday issued several guidelines to the countries’ security agencies, instructing them on how to manage crowds, deal with protesters and conduct arrests.

The guidelines follow several incidents of brutal arrests and much publicised reports of torture by opposition politicians at the hands of police and military officers.

The president started off by issuing guidelines on managing crowds that include supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and visitors of the country.



‘‘You should never push (kutsindika) people that are enthusiastically surging forward to show support for the NRM or the President,’‘ said the president.

The president added that law-abiding Ugandans ‘must never be beaten, pushed or barked at for any reason’.

The president was however not as generous with people he described as ‘rioters, criminals, looters, terrorists and traitors’.

The president added that if rioters persist, after police has used shields and sticks to stop them, then the security forces can use live ammunition.

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Museveni, whose 32-year rule of Uganda has been challenged by several political opponents explained that it is critical to effectively manage protests for three reasons.

  • No Ugandan should lose his life or property on account of the acts of these criminals.

  • The transport of Uganda, the markets of Uganda and any other legitimate and legal assemblies of our people should never be interfered with by these criminals.

  • The image of Uganda as a stable country, good for Ugandans, tourism and investments, should never be disturbed.

  • Never push people who surge forward towards leaders out of enthusiasm (kutangirira); you should restrain them (kuzibira) but not push them.

  • Never bark at people (kubogolela); you should advise them (kuhabura).

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  • Use water cannons if they are available; if they are not available you should use shields and sticks.

  • Tear-gas and rubber bullets are, of course, non-lethal and can be used but they are noisy.

  • Use live bullets if the rioters persist and threaten life or property.

    at the rioters.

  • Once rioters are arrested or any other criminal, he/she should never be beaten by stick, fist or rifle butt.

  • The arresting officers should always identify themselves so that the public knows that they are legal operators.

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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