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Price protesters are terrorists, says Uganda government

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    Hours after a second round of protests against the rising cost of living was launched, the government on Wednesday reportedly labelled sections of the opposition as terrorists.

    And yesterday, the country’s leadership promised to take stern action against anyone breaking the law under the guise of exercising the right to demonstrate over the current economic crisis. But Opposition leaders quickly responded and denied that they are plotting mass insurrection as alleged by the government, and said they will not be intimidated.

    Grand plan?
    They also promised to continue their protests until the authorities address the problems facing Ugandans. Security Minister Muruli Mukasa told reporters during a mid-morning briefing in Kampala that the opposition is pursuing a grand plan of inciting the public to rise against the ruling NRM government, a claim Opposition lawmakers who talked to Daily Monitor described as “empty talk”. “Nobody is going to intimidate us. What the government needs to do is to address the problems facing our economy and stop the blame game,” Shadow Attorney General Abdul Katuntu said.

    “There is nobody preparing Ugandans for an uprising, but if [current] conditions prevail the people will stand up. It’s up to the government to make sure that such conditions don’t prevail. Those people in government must address the problems in the country, ensure that there is democracy, stop mismanagement of public funds and promote good governance,” he said.
     
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