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Ugandans in SA want Zuma to decline inauguration invitation

The Ugandan community in South Africa is asking President Jacob Zuma to decline an invitation to President...

President Jacob Zuma addressing the Labour Summit on job creation. Picture: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

The Ugandan community in South Africa is asking President Jacob Zuma to decline an invitation to President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration next week.

The Ugandan Civil Alliance Network’s Stephen Twinoburyo said human rights abuses in the East African country have increased alarmingly and Zuma must use the opportunity to make a stand.

Last week saw a government crackdown on street demonstrations about the rising cost of fuel and food. Five people were killed in the violence and opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested.

Twinoburyo said the Ugandan community in South Africa is worried that recent events in Uganda could lead to a situation like those in Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast. He said the Ugandan community in South Africa is also asking Zuma to raise concerns at the African Union (AU) about human rights abuses in their country.

Twinoburyo said government brutality is becoming an everyday occurrence in Uganda.

“There is a permanent military presence on the roads and people are disappearing,” said Twinoburyo.

Ugandan media is reporting that Museveni’s inauguration next week will cost $US1.3 million. Twinoburyo said people do not understand why the government is spending extravagant amounts of money while many Ugandans are struggling to survive.

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