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Ugandan Lawmakers Attempt to Impeach President, Monitor Reports

March 15, 2012

Two Ugandan opposition lawmakers started a petition to impeach President Yoweri Museveni, accusing him of abuse of office, the Daily Monitor reported.

Odonga Otto of the Forum for Democratic Change and the Conservative Party’s Ken Lukyamuzi have garnered seven signatures for the petition so far, the Kampala-based newspaper said. At least one-third of the Ugandan parliament’s 386 members must sign the petition for it to progress, the Monitor said.

The two lawmakers’ accusations against Museveni include diverting 100 billion shillings ($41 million) of foreign aid to buy a presidential jet and allowing the country’s external debt to increase to $4 billion, it said.

Information Minister Mary Karooro Okurut described the plan to impeach the president as “an aimless walk in the political desert,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Ojambo in Kampala at fojambo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net


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