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US issues travel alert on Uganda

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 – The US State Department issued a travel warning Monday for anyone living in or planning to travel to Uganda, ahead of general elections there next month.

"Instances of localised unrest related to the elections are possible, and US citizens should be aware that even peaceful gatherings and demonstrations can turn violent," said a statement from the State Department.

US citizens should especially vigilant "in public places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, resorts, upscale shopping centers…," said the alert, noting bombing attacks in the country in July and December last year.

Uganda\’s electoral campaign has been relatively peaceful so far, though last week supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye clashed with ruling party loyalists in the northern district of Alebtong.

Badru Kiggundu, chair of Uganda\’s Electoral Commission, meanwhile accused various political parties of creating "militia groups with the pretext of guarding their votes."

Uganda will hold legislative and presidential elections on February 18.


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