Kampala – Civil society organisations in Uganda say a proposed new law to regulate their activities is intended to stifle freedoms and blunt criticism of government ahead of presidential elections next year.
Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni is seeking another term in office in elections due to be held between March and February 2016, a move that will potentially extend his rule to 35 years.
He faces a challenge from popular opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his own former prime minister and ally, Amama Mbabazi.
Critics say the government is using a range of tactics including harsh legislation and repeated arrests of Museveni’s opponents and their supporters to intimidate the opposition.
The law, currently being scrutinised by a parliamentary committee, requires all civil society organisations in the country to be registered afresh.