Kampala echoes to the sound of silence on election day

The Times of London
Kampala, Uganda

Uganda vote
A lone voter registers at a polling station set up in Luzira, a slum in Kampala

Pick-up trucks carrying soldiers and armed police raced along the deserted streets of Kampala yesterday; a beefed-up security presence overseeing an election expected to extend President Museveni’s 25-year rule.

The long lines of voters queueing from before dawn that so often mark elections in Africa were absent in the centre of the capital. When polling centres opened at 7am some did so without a single voter present.

At a polling centre in the car park of an ageing shopping mall in central Kampala, Moses Jabo, 45, a logistics consultant, arrived early; not to beat the queues, but because later in the day he would make a long journey north to attend his father’s funeral. Continue reading Kampala echoes to the sound of silence on election day