Magazine article New Internationalist

Ugandan Businesses Smashed in Honour of Bush

Magazine article New Internationalist

Ugandan Businesses Smashed in Honour of Bush

Article excerpt

When President Bush visited Uganda in July to discuss how several hundred million dollars of HIV/AIDS and security funds would be spent, his visit caused the destruction of the livelihoods of some of the very people he had come to help.

On a Sunday night, one week before Bush's whirlwind four-hour visit, local council employees arrived to start demolishing stalls and food plots on vacant land lining the roads along the route the Bush motorcade would travel - from Entebbe airport to the luxurious Botanical Resort Hotel on the shores of Lake Victoria a few kilometres away. Deemed an eyesore and a security risk to the President, they had to go.

The council workers gave only one hour's warning of the demolitions, and they arrived in the night with armed security guards. …

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