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Uganda opposition prevented from revealing "bomb"

afrol News, 8 January - Uganda's Democratic Party was at the weekend prevented from releasing reports of how a renowned rebel leader cum politician, Andrew Kayiira, was assassinated 20 years ago. The unreleased report, described a waiting bomb, is expected to be exploded on Saturday in the capital Kampala.

Ahead of the announced weekend rally, police were deployed in Kampala's Constitution Square purposely to prevent it from taking place. Apart from diverting traffic in the area, the police went ahead using tear gas against the peaceful opposition supporters that had gathered to hear the revelations.

Within short, the few hundred spectators were dispersed by the police, which most likely acted on government orders to prevent the Kayiira report to be revealed.

Dr Andrew Kayiira led a rebel group rival to current President - thus rebel leader - Yoweri Museveni. Having settled their differences, Dr Kayiira was made Minister of Energy by Mr Museveni shortly after he took power in Uganda. He was mysteriously murdered in 1987.

Uganda's Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into the circumstances leading to his death but its report is still kept in secret from the public. Uganda's Interior Minister, Dr Rhakana Rugunda, claims the government has never received the report.

But officials of the opposition Democratic Party, who said they have a copy of the said report under their custody, pointed accusing fingers at some members of the armed forces for the 1987 assassination.

Other leaks from the Kayiira report reported in Ugandan media involve Rwanda's current President Paul Kagame, who at the time was serving President Museveni as the head of Uganda's Military Intelligence. The report was said to claim that Mr Kagame did nothing to prevent or unravel the murder of his earlier co-fighter.

The opposition party now has announced it will make the report known next Saturday. It is not clear whether the government will allow the Democratic Party to hold the rally again next Saturday, let alone release the report to the public.

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