Once one of the UK’s most prosperous colonies, Uganda achieved independence in 1962. Ten years later, it was suffering through the murderous regime of Idi Amin. Yoweri Museveni took power in 1986 and spent much of the next 20 years contending with the atrocities waged in the north by the Lord’s Resistance Army, elements of which have since melted away into remote corners of the jungle across the border. Museveni remains in power over a stable, and repressed, society that endures restrictions on speech and assembly. A home-grown Islamist rebel movement has taken root in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has emboldened Ugandan radicals to increase pressure on Christians. (Photo: imb.org)

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Uganda churches opposed to registration plan

Uganda’s government intends to follow Kenya’s lead in demanding the registration of so-called FBOs (Faith-Based Organisations), a plan strongly contested by various Christian denominations. “If what we are doing is good, then why should we be registered? Why should a faith that has been in existence for centuries need an […]

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Uganda troops fight Al-Shabaab

As reported in our recent article, Uganda also has troops fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia. In May, the US Embassy in Kampala warned churches that there was a credible threat against them. Now it appears as if local Muslim extremists may be exploiting regional tensions to attack their neighbours, as Uganda’s […]

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Uganda churches warned of Al-Shabaab ‘threats’

Uganda churches warned of Al-Shabaab ‘threats’

Uganda and Kenya authorities have scaled up security in recent days in response to warnings from Western countries that a jihadist group is planning to attack churches in Uganda. The U.S. embassy in Uganda warned that churches there may face “specific threats” from Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based militant Islamist terrorist group. […]

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Is Uganda going backwards?

Uganda has passed a law which some fear could lead to the repression of the Church and political opponents. The Public Order Management Bill could undermine basic freedoms of assembly and expression, reports Lapido Media, and has been likened to a decree of former dictator Idi Amin in the 1970s. […]

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