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Uganda arrests writer who criticized president

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 9:02 AM
Uganda arrests writer who criticized president

Ugandan police say they've arrested a man who wrote a book criticizing the longtime president and the ruling party.

Police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba said Tuesday that police arrested Vincent Nzaramba on Saturday. Policeman Ronald Ogen says Nzabara was arrested over suspicions that his book is inciting the public.

Ogen says there are legal provisions that allow suspects to be held beyond the constitutional limit of 48 hours without charge.

Nzaramba's wife Gloria says police confiscated copies of his book and his laptop when they arrested him. She says the book is titled "People Power _ Battle the Night General."

President Yoweri Museveni, who came to power in 1986 and has been the target of some of sub-Saharan Africa's most serious anti-government protests this year.