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Uganda: The Reformist Movement Party

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 6 December 2002
Citation / Document Symbol UGA40271.E
Reference 7
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Uganda: The Reformist Movement Party, 6 December 2002, UGA40271.E, available at: [accessed 21 November 2017]
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Specific references to the Reformist Movement Party could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

However, references to a group of reformists within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, who are also referred to as Movement reformists, were found among the sources consulted (East African 5 Mar. 2001; The Monitor 1 Feb 2002; ibid. 23 Apr. 2001; AFP 17 Dec. 2001; New Vision 12 Mar. 2002; ibid. 23 Feb. 2002; ibid. 16 May 2002).

Former 2001 presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye led a group within the NRM that, portraying itself as reformist, advocates an end to corruption and a move in the direction of pluralism and democracy (East African 5 Mar. 2001). As recently as 1 February 2002, the Movement reformists were involved in a debate on the Political Parties and Organisations Bill of 2001 to allow political parties to operate at grassroots levels (The Monitor 1 Feb. 2002) and thereby lead the way towards multiparty politics (EAS 13 May 2002). However, President Yoweri Museveni's government introduced clauses within the Bill to "effectively [turn] Uganda into a one-party state by law" (ibid.).

For information on the treatment of supporters of Dr. Kizza Besigye, particularly in 2001, please consult UGA39850.E of 25 November 2002.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Agence France Presse (AFP). 17 December 2001. "Uganda's Ruling Movement Considers Return to Party Politics." (NEXIS)

The East African. 13 May 2002. Charles Onyango-Obbo. "Museveni Creates One-Party State by Anaesthesia." [Accessed 6 Dec. 2002]

_____. 5 March 2001. Charles Onyango-Obbo. "Family Feud: It's All Between Two 'Movement' Men." [Accessed 5 Dec. 2002]

The Monitor. 1 February 2002. "Uganda: Winnie, Mukwaya Clash Over Parties." (Africa News/NEXIS)

_____. 23 April 2001. "Uganda: Makerere Guild Elections. Today Opinion Polls Shows Multipartyist Candidate Leading." (Africa News/NEXIS)

The New Vision. 16 May 2002. "Uganda: Parties Seek 1b to Fight POB in Court." (Africa News/NEXIS)

_____. 12 March 2002. "Uganda: Don't Support Partyists, Lagada Tells Kanungu." (Africa News/NEXIS)

_____. 23 February 2002. "Uganda: Kapchorwa MP Kulany Denies Besigye Links." (Africa News/NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential

African Research Bulletin

Europa World Factbook (2001-2002)

IRB Databases

Keesing's Record of World Events


Internet sites, including:

Africa Online

Amnesty International (AI)

BBC Africa

The Daily Nation

East African Standard

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN)


World News Connection (WNC)

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