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Uganda: Politics and Government

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received regarding Lieutenant Ramathan Magara of the Uganda Army and the shooting of three people at Dr Kizza Besigye's election rally in February 2006; and if he will make a statement. (224248)

We are aware of various incidents during the 2006 election campaign in which firearms were used to disperse crowds. We have received reports that Lieutenant Ramathan Magara was on remand for 365 days, after which he was released on bail. The case against him is still pending. Investigating incidents such as this is the responsibility of the local authorities.

In the course of our regular dialogue with the Government of Uganda, we continue to press them on all aspects of good governance, the rule of law and engaging with the opposition.