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Uganda opposition denies having militia group

AFP , Thursday 20 Jan 2011
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Uganda's main opposition coalition on Thursday denied it had a militia group to guard against vote rigging in February elections, after the electoral chief said parties had formed such units.

Badru Kiggundu, chair of Uganda's Electoral Commission, accused various political parties Wednesday of creating "militia groups with the pretext of guarding their votes". Such groups could "disrupt" the ongoing campaign, he suggested.

Kiggundu listed nine militias and said the groups "stand warned." But Margaret Wokuri, spokeswoman for the opposition Inter-Party Cooperation insisted Thursday: "As IPC we don't have any relationship with any of these militias."

Kiggundu would not discuss the political allegiances of the groups, but at least two are widely seen as linked to the ruling National Resistance Movement party.

Uganda's electoral campaign has been relatively peaceful so far, but on Wednesday supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye clashed with ruling party loyalists in the northern district of Alebtong.

Uganda will hold general elections on 18 February.

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