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Security Forces Overreacted and Made Mistakes in Last Election – Museveni

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President Yoweri Museveni has attributed the violence that occurred in last January’s general elections to mistakes made both by political actors and elements with government security forces.

On the part of the security agencies, Museveni said some operatives deviated from the right procedures and used excessive force because they were not well prepared and briefed by their seniors.

“The mistake on NRM (government) side is sometimes to overreact, partly because of poor leadership,” he said.

“Some soldiers were not briefed; they would go into the situation without proper briefing, but the law is very clear; the procedures are very clear, the standing orders are very clear on how to handle the different types of trouble makers.”

“If you are peaceful but law breakers in a demonstration we use non-lethal methods such as tear gas and water cannons. We don’t kill but discourage. If one becomes violent and threatens the lives of security people, there is also a procedure. But in some cases, mistakes happen and some don’t follow the procedures and fire when they are not supposed to.”

Over 50 people were killed in the last elections while hundreds thrown in jail for participating in violence.

Commenting on the killings however, Museveni said he and his government had wrongly been accused of condoning the violence by security.

“Anybody who is honest knows that we cannot condone such actions. When that happened, we followed up case by case. I have the files of all the 54 people who died on November 18 and where the security made mistakes we responded.”

“You remember that I held seminars with the concerned people; I met the commanders of special forces and all police commanders in the country, to review the mistakes. I also followed up with the families of the affected people. Many of the people who were arrested were released and even supported. There is no way we can tolerate and condone wrong doing.”

On the side of the opposition, Museveni these too made mistakes by “being violent, engaging in intimidation and attacking people who were putting on yellow.”

“This was a miscalculation because I can tell you that nobody can defeat the NRM by force,” he said.

“Those who encouraged them are mis-leaders and are acting unconstitutionally. There is no need to use force in Uganda because you can vote. In some areas the NRM didn’t win. We had candidates, but some other groups won. But some people think they can use force and uproot the NRM; it will not happen.

President Yoweri Museveni made the remarks during this year’s commemoration of Heroes Day at the Kololo Independence Day celebrations.

The comments came just a day after the president appointed a new cabinet in which he made sweeping changes in nearly all ministries including that of Defence and Security.

 

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Apple Daily could shut ‘in days’ after Hong Kong asset freeze | Freedom of the Press News

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Company adviser says action under security law means it cannot access some $50 million in funds to pay staff and vendors.

Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after authorities used the national security law imposed by China to freeze the company’s assets as it arrested the paper’s editor and four other directors, an adviser to jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai told Reuters on Monday.

Mark Simon, speaking by phone from the United States, said the company was no longer able to access its funds and would be holding a board meeting on Monday to discuss how to move forward.

“We thought we’d be able to make it to the end of the month,” Simon told the news agency. “It’s just getting harder and harder. It’s essentially a matter of days.”

His comments signal closure is imminent even after Apple Daily said on Sunday the freezing of its assets had left the newspaper with cash for “a few weeks” for normal operations.”

The news comes two days after editor Ryan Law, 47, and chief executive Cheung Kim-hung, 59, were denied bail after being charged under the security law with collusion with foreign forces.

Apple Daily’s editor-in-chief Ryan Law arrives back at the detention centre after he was remanded in custody on Saturday [Lam Yik/Reuters]

Three other senior executives were also arrested last Thursday when 500 police officers raided the newspaper’s offices in a case that has drawn condemnation from Western nations, human rights groups and the chief United Nations spokesperson for human rights.

The three have been released on bail.

Simon told Reuters it had become impossible to conduct banking operations.

“Vendors tried to put money into our accounts and were rejected. We can’t bank. Some vendors tried to do that as a favour. We just wanted to find out and it was rejected,” he said.

Speaking earlier to US news channel CNN, Simon said the company had about $50 million available, but was unable to access the funds.

The publisher has come under increasing pressure since its owner Jimmy Lai was arrested under the national security law last August, which marked the first time the company’s headquarters was raided. Lai, 73, is now jailed and facing trial under the national security law. In May, the authorities also froze some assets belonging to the longtime critic of Beijing has also had some of his assets frozen.

Three companies related to Apple Daily are also being prosecuted for collusion with a foreign country and authorities have frozen HK$18 million ($2.3 million) of their assets.

China imposed the national security law on Hong Kong last June saying it was necessary to restore “stability” to a territory that had been rocked by mass protests in 2019, some of which turned violent.

The broadly-worded law criminalises acts such as subversion, sedition, collusion with foreign forces and secession with possible life imprisonment, but critics have said it is being used to suppress legitimate political debate with dozens of pro-democracy politicians and activists among the more than 100 arrested since it was brought into force.





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Birmingham Classic: Ons Jabeur beats Daria Kasatkina to win first title

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Tunisian second seed Ons Jabeur defeated Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in straight sets to win her first singles title at the Birmingham Classic.

World number 24 Jabeur triumphed 7-5 6-4 against the fourth seed to become the first Arab woman to win a WTA title.

In Berlin, Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova stunned Swiss fifth seed Belinda Bencic to win her first title.

The 22-year-old world number 106 battled back from a set down to win 1-6 6-1 6-3 in her first final.

Victories for Jabeur and Samsonova mean there have now been 10 first-time singles winners on the women’s Tour this year.

Jabeur broke Kasatkina’s serve three times to prevail in the first set, before successive breaks at the start of the second put the 26-year-old in control at 4-0.

Two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Kasatkina recovered to 4-3, but Jabeur held on to win a singles final at the third attempt.

It was a breakthrough week for Samsonova in Germany, during which she also defeated seventh seed Victoria Azarenka of Belaurus in the semi-final.

World number 12 Bencic won the first five games as she dominated the opening set, but Samsonova matched that feat in the second before completing her comeback with breaks in the first and ninth games in the deciding set.



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Birtukan Mideksa: Ethiopia’s electoral board chairperson

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Restless for change, Ms Birtukan moved back into politics, playing a key role in the formation of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) to present a united front against the EPRDF in the 2005 parliamentary election, which was widely seen as the most fiercely contested poll in Ethiopia’s history, with the opposition claiming that it had been robbed of victory.



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