President Yoweri Museveni yesterday told Uganda's donors and creditors that he was committed to fighting corruption in Uganda's "backward and pre-industrial society," writes John Odyek. "There is political will to fight corruption," Museveni said at the International Conference Centre. Earlier a senior economist with the World Bank, Satu Kahkonen, said many public officials ask for bribes to "grease the wheels of bureaucracy," thereby increasing the costs of doing business.

HAR's mission is to facilitate the recovery of abused children, women and their families through training, research, advocacy and provision of psychosocial suport services.

The Ugandan supreme court has upheld the re election of President Yoweri Museveni. His main rival, Colonel Kizza Besigye, had asked the court to annul the results of the March 12 elections, because he alleged they were rigged by Museveni's government.

The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) have finalised a programme under which thousands of soldiers, including senior officers, will be demobilised as a way of modernising the institution, the 'Sunday Monitor' reported.

About one third of the more than 26,000 cases of abduction recorded to date in Uganda involved children under the age of 18, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today in Geneva. Mary Robinson said that if there was no change in the situation, hundreds of children, both boys and girls, would be abducted by a rebel movement in the country known as the "Lord's Resistance Army" (LRA). "Many of them," she said, "will ultimately perish in the bush, either as a result of the more