Thursday 19 October 2017

Opposition politicians in Uganda say homes were attacked with explosives

President Yoweri Museveni is the long-time ruler of Uganda (AP)
President Yoweri Museveni is the long-time ruler of Uganda (AP)

Two Ugandan opposition politicians say their homes have been attacked with explosive devices.

The politicians, Allan Ssewanyana and Robert Kyagulanyi, said on Tuesday they believe their lives are at risk because of their opposition to plans to extend the long-time President Yoweri Museveni's time in office.

The members of parliament said no one was hurt in the attacks on Monday night.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said opposition members may be launching grenade attacks "to frame" the government.

Tensions are rising in Uganda as opposition leaders try to mobilise support against legislation to remove an age limit in the constitution that bars anyone over 75 from becoming president.

President Yoweri Museveni, 73 and in power since 1986, is ineligible to seek re-election in 2021 if the age barrier stays.

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