June 10, 2011, 9 a.m.
Uganda: Current Conditions and the Crisis in North Uganda by Ted Dagne looks at the current state of Uganda and the role the recent and past elections have had on the country. The most recent elections took place in February 18, 2011. President Museveni was re-elected with a strong majority win of 68% of the vote. The closest challenger, Besigye, won 26% of the vote. The elections were declared free and fair with the caveat that the election process is in need of revisions. Many from the opposition were arrested when they participated in “walk to work” demonstrations, including Besigye and other key opposition leaders.
The paper also looks at the impact the LRA has had on Uganda and the steps the government of Uganda took to re-establish peace and end the civil war. In 2008 a Cessation of Hostilities was set up to be signed by the president of Uganda and the LRA leader. While the LRA leader has not signed the official final document, violence by the LRA has stopped significantly and life is slowly going back to normal. The cease fire stopped years of violence, especially against civilians. In addition, the paper also provides an overview of general conditions in Uganda, including economic and social conditions, human rights, and HIV/AIDS.