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19 WANT TO BE PRESIDENT: EC Clears Candidate M7, As Bobi Wine, Tumukunde, Muntu, Amuriat And 14 Others Await Verification – EC Boss Byabakama…

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L-R: Presidential aspirants Mugisha Muntu, Amuriat, Robert Kyagulanyi and President Museveni

Electoral Commission (EC) boss justice Simon Byabakama has disclosed that they so far have 19 candidates who want to contest for the presidency.

During a meeting with the press today, Justice Byabakama said that out of the 19 candidates, EC has so far cleared candidate Yoweri Museveni, the rest who include, National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Alliance for National Transformation’s Mugisha Muntu, Forum for Democratic Change’s Patrick Oboi Amuriat among others are still under verification.

Byabakama said that EC has appointed Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020 as the dates for nomination of candidates for Presidential Elections, 2021.

“The nomination exercise will be conducted at Kyambogo University Sports Grounds, starting at 9:00am and ending at 5pm on each of the appointed dates.

The Commission will limit access to the nomination venue, in compliance with Government/Ministry of Health Guidelines and EC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for preventing the spread of COVID-19,” he noted.

He added that aspiring candidates shall be allowed into the nomination venue accompanied by not more than ten (10) persons (including the candidate).

“The particulars of persons accompanying the aspirant shall be submitted to the Commission in advance. Aspiring candidates have been advised to use only three (3) vehicles for purposes of his/her nominations; and each vehicle should not carry more than four (4) persons, driver inclusive. Each of the vehicles shall bear a police sticker,” he said.

He added, “For the avoidance of doubt, the incumbent President who is also a candidate shall use such facilities as are ordinarily attached to his office. This is in line with Section 27(2) of the Presidential Elections Act.”

Below is his full statement:

Press Statement  

 Progress of Implementation of Activities Under the Roadmap for

2021/2021 General Elections 

 A. Introduction

Dear esteemed partners, members of the press, it is our privilege and pleasure to welcome you to this press briefing, at the Commission Headquarters.

Today, the Commission will update you on the progress of the implementation of the Roadmap for General Elections, 2020/2021 as follows:

  1. Status of Elections of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committees

The Electoral Commission concluded the conduct of elections of SIGs (Older Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Youth) Committees from the Village to the District/Citylevel.

The Commission appreciates all stakeholders in the electoral process for their participation which enabled successful organisation and conduct of the SIGs Committees Elections.

  1. Conclusion of Nominations of Candidates for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections and Commencement of Campaign Period

The Electoral Commission conducted the nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils and Parliamentary Elections, from 21st September to 5th October and on 15th and 16th October 2021, respectively.

The nomination exercise attracted a high number of aspirants who include party-sponsored candidates and independents. The Commission is compiling the details of all nominated candidates and will publish the results in due course.

Following the conclusion of the above nomination exercises, the Commission has appointed the periods indicated in the table below, for the purpose of conducting candidates’ campaign meetings for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections, 2021.

No. Category of Election Campaign Period
Start Finish
1. Parliamentary Elections (Directly-elected MP & District Woman Representative to Parliament) 9th November 2020 12th January 2021
2. City/District Local Government Councils (Lord Mayor/Mayors/Chairpersons &Councilors) 9th November 2020 18th January 2021
3. Municipality/City Division Chairpersons and Councilors 9th November 2020 23rd January 2021
4. Sub       County/Town/Municipal        Division Chairpersons and Councilors 9th November 2020 1st  February 2021

 

The Electoral Commission urges all nominated candidates, their agents, supporters and the general public to carefully observe the following guidelines for this campaign period:  

  1. Campaigns shall be conducted between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm; and in accordance with the harmonized candidates’ campaign programme;
  2. Candidates and their agents shall not use or publish any language or defamatory words, which incite public disorder, hatred, violence or which threatens war;
  3. In accordance with the measures and guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Electoral Commission to prevent and combat person-to-person, person-to-object and object-toperson spread of the COVID-19 during the conduct of election activities, processions and public/mass rallies remain banned;
  4. Candidates will, however, be allowed to organise/hold campaign meetings, in a regulated manner, preferably outdoors, with limited attendance of a maximum of seventy (70) persons, to enable the observance of the 2-meters social distancing rule for the persons attending the meeting.

The candidates and venue owners must ensure that the campaign/meeting venues are provided with hand washing facilities and sanitizers, and that the supporters attending the campaigns/meetings wear face masks at all time, while accessing and exiting the meeting venue;

  1. Candidates are advised to identify suitable venues within their constituencies and notify the respective Returning Officers, who will conduct an inspection together with the Police and the District COVID19 Taskforce to ensure the venue will enable observance of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health;
  2. Candidates and their agents are advised to use non-contact means of communication to interact with the electorate. These include fliers, leaflets, brochures, posters, billboards and banners; radio and television announcements and talk shows; short messaging services (SMS), voice messaging, and new digital media platforms and websites;
  3. Candidates who use posters are warned against putting them (campaign posters) on road traffic signs. Similarly, candidates who use banners are strongly warned against hanging them (campaign banners) on electricity power lines, or in a manner that endangers vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement.

Any campaign materials that are wrongly placed will be removed by the relevant Council authorities and Police.

  1. Candidates may also use the community-based Public Address Systems (kizindaalo) between 7:00am-9:00am and 4:00pm-6:00pm, as per the campaign programme harmonised with the respective Returning

Officers;

 Appointment of Polling Dates for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections, 2021

Following the conclusion of nomination of candidates, and the harmonization of campaign programmes by the Electoral Commission together with the candidates, the Electoral Commission has, in line with Section 18(1)(a) of the Parliamentary Elections Act and Section 107 of the Local Government Act, appointed polling dates for the various elective positions as follows:

 

No. Elective Position Polling Date
1. Election of Councillors for Older Persons to the Sub County/Town/Municipal Division 11th January 2021
2. Elections of Councillors for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to the Sub County/Town/Municipal Division 11th January 2021
3. Elections of Youth Representatives to the Sub County/Town/Municipal Division 11th January 2021
4. Election of Councillors for Older Persons to the Municipality/City Division 12th January 2021
5. Elections of Councillors for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to the Municipality/City Division 12th January 2021
6. Elections of Councillors for Youth to the Municipality/City Division 12th January 2021
7. Elections of Member of Parliament (Directly-elected MP and District Woman Representative to Parliament) 14th January 2021
8. National Conference for Election of Older Persons Representatives to Parliament 17th –18th January 2021
9. National Conference for Election of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) Representatives to Parliament 17th –18th January 2021
10. National Conference for Election of Workers Representatives to Parliament 17th –18th January 2021
11. Elections of District Local Government Councils: (District/City Chairpersons, Lord Mayor, Mayors, and Councillors) 20th January 2021
12. National Conference for Election of National Female Youths Representative to Parliament 21st –22nd January 2021
13. Elections of Municipality/City Division Chairpersons and Councillors 25th January 2021
14. Elections of Councillors for Older Persons to the District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
15. Elections of Councillors for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to the District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
16. Elections of Councillors for Youths to the District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
17. Elections of Workers Representatives to District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
18. Elections of UPDF Representatives to Parliament 29th January 2021
19. Regional Conferences for Election of Regional Youths Representatives to Parliament 31st January– 1st February 2021
20. Elections of Sub County/Town/Municipal Division Chairpersons and Councillors February 3rd 2021

 

Preparations for Nomination of Candidates for Presidential Elections

As earlier informed, the Electoral Commission appointed Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020 as the dates for nomination of candidates for Presidential Elections, 2021.

The nomination exercise will be conducted at Kyambogo University Sports Grounds, starting at 9:00am and ending at 5pm on each of the appointed dates.

The Commission will limit access to the nomination venue, in compliance with Government/Ministry of Health Guidelines and EC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The aspiring candidate, shall be allowed into the nomination venue accompanied by not more than ten (10) persons (including the candidate).

The particulars of persons accompanying the aspirant shall be submitted to the Commission in advance.

Aspiring candidates have been advised to use only three (3) vehicles for purposes of his/her nominations; and each vehicle should not carry more than four (4) persons, driver inclusive. Each of the vehicles shall bear a police sticker.

For the avoidance of doubt, the incumbent President who is also a candidate shall use such facilities as are ordinarily attached to his office. This is in line with Section 27(2) of the Presidential Elections Act.

Meanwhile, as you are already aware, the Commission made available nomination forms and supporter forms to aspiring candidates two months ago. At least eighty-seven (87) aspirants have collected forms expressing interest to contest.

Section 10(b) of the Presidential Elections Act provides that a Presidential candidate’s nomination shall be supported by not less than one hundred (100) persons who are registered voters, from not less than ninety-eight (98) districts, which form two thirds (2/3) of all the districts of Uganda.

Accordingly, the Commission set up a team to handle the verification of supporters for nomination of candidates for the 2021 Presidential Elections.

As at 22nd October 2020, the following aspirants have submitted their supporter forms for verification as:

No Name Party/Independent Status
1 Yoweri Kaguta Museveni National Resistance Movement (NRM) Verified &cleared
2 Bbaale Charles Ecological Party of Uganda (EPU) Under verification
3 Tumukunde Henry Kakurugu Independent Under verification
4 Mwesigye Fred Independent Under verification
5 Mayambala Willy Independent Under verification
6 Lugudde-Katwe Elizabeth Independent Under verification
7 Mutono Mbulambago Robert Independent Under verification
8 Ebetu Simon Independent Under verification
9 Mabirizi Joseph Independent Under verification
10 Kabuleta Kiiza Joseph Independent Under verification
11 Yamureebire Jotham Independent Under verification
12 Makmot Moses Independent Under verification
13 Okoth Geoffrey Independent Under verification
14 Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert National Unity Platform (NUP) Under verification
15 Katumba John Independent Under verification
16 Kalembe Nancy Linda Independent Under verification
17 Katushemererwe Brenda Independent Under verification
18 Amuriat Oboi Patrick Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Under verification
19 Mugisha Muntu Gregg Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) Under verification

 

Presidential aspirants who have attained the verified supporters from the required ninety-eight (98) districts/cities will be issued with a Certificate of Compliance which they will present to the Returning Officer on nomination day.

Meanwhile, aspiring candidates have also been advised to book time in advance on any of the gazetted dates, that is, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020, in order to ensure a smooth nomination exercise.

In accordance with Section 21(1) of the Presidential Elections Act, the Commission will appoint and gazette campaign period and polling date after the nomination exercise.

Conclusion 

The Electoral Commission wishes to extend its appreciation to all political parties and organisation, and all stakeholders who participated in the concluded nomination exercises.

The Commission further appeals to all stakeholders in the electoral process to carefully study the guidelines for the campaign period and to conduct themselves in accordance with the measures issued by the Commission to safeguard all those participating in the electoral process from the risk of contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus.

I thank you,

For God and My Country 

 Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon

Chairperson, Electoral Commission

 

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Traffic Police Boss Musinga Challenges Divorced Wife’s Caveat On His New Marriage, Father-In Law, Former Worker Swear Affidavit Accusing Musinga Of Stealing Divorced Wife’s Wealth…

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Musinga and former wife Esther Kyinkuhaire (inset)

Kampala Metropolitan traffic police commander Norman Musinga has challenged the caveat filed by his divorced wife before the Church of Uganda protesting his new marriage.

On Friday evening, Esther Kyinkuhaire, the former wife to Musinga, through her lawyers of Ojok and Company Advocates, filed a marriage caveat at All Saints Church Nakasero, Kampala challenging the set officialization of Musinga’s new marriage with his new wife.

In his caveat, Kyinkuhaire told the church that she is still officially married to Musinga citing a notice of  Appeal she filed in the Court of Appeal challenging Justice Joseph Mulangira’s decision confirming the magistrate court’s judgement which authorizes their divorce.

However, Musinga through his lawyers of Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) challenged the said caveat, branded it false, malicious, full of jealousy, ill willed and  made in bad faith and needed correction from the court records.

The lawyers stated that Musinga’s marriage with Kyinkuhaire was dissolved in 2019 by his worship Allan Gakyalo basing on the evidence of the applicant Musinga that his divorced wife was very cruel to him and a practitioner of witchcraft.

“On 16th of August 2019, the bonds of matrimony were legally and absolutely dissolved. No appeal has ever been preferred,” KAA’s letter to the church reads. They further explained to court that Musinga solemnized his fresh marriage before the Registrar of marriages and is legally married.

Lawyers noted that the reason why they decided to go to church was to celebrate his already existing marriage in accordance to the church norms and seek the blessings of God.

The lawyers further insisted that when the divorced wife learnt that her former husband was going to celebrate his marriage in church, she filed an application at the High Court Family Division for revision of his worship Gakyalo’s decision which they termed as incompetent, court dismissed it.

They insisted that revision of the judgement does not amount to an appeal since they claimed that the magistrate did not have powers to hear and determine the matter.

“The incompetent application was dismissed by the High Court Judge Justice Joseph Murangira who found that the magistrate acted properly in freeing our client from the bonds of the marriage with Esther Kyinkuhaire,” the lawyers noted.

They said that there is no right to appeal from a revised order, the appeal can only be made with a permission from the court which the divorced wife didn’t do.

However, this website has learnt that Kyinkuhaire is determined to fight for her marriage and she is set to file another civil suit in the High Court protesting Court’s decision of not looking into the wealth she made with her former husband during their good times.

She based on the affidavit of her father who told court that he gave the couple 25 cows when they are getting marriage and he wanted Musinga to return half of it to her daughter since they are separating.

She also based on the affidavit of  Stephen Kamanzi, a former farm manager of Musinga who told court that Musinga took the 25 cows to his farm in Luwero.

Kamanzi added that by the time Musinga fired him, for supporting Kyinkuhaire, the cows had produced over 180 cows.

Kyinkuhaire also challenged Court’s decision of directing Musinga to stay with their three children including their last born.

Musinga is set to publicly weed her new wife today.

 

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If You Don’t Conform, We Will Force You Like We Made You Abandon The Red Reret – OO Stings NUP’s Rubongoya, As Opposition Shuns EC’s Program To Witness Ballot Printing…

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Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo. Inset is Rubongoya with Bobi Wine

Uganda Media Center (UMC) boss, Ofwono Opondo has asserted that the opposition in Uganda will eventually give up their fight to oust Museveni, he says they are so indisciplined, lack the commitment and are so unfocussed to hit their target.

He also mentioned that the opposition are running away from witnessing the ballot printing because they can’t meet the bill. He further submitted if at all the EC was meeting the bill for them, even presidential candidates would have gone.

“I have been listening to the manifestos of the candidates to see whether they are worth listening to, but the opposition doesn’t have an alternative policy. What is the conduct of some of these candidates,” Opondo stated.

“In some instances, police have not restrained from overreaction. There are instances where the candidates have mobilized and insisted on moving with their crowd. Even where we think the police orders and actions are arbitrary, there is no reason why we should assault a police officer on duty. You can go to their supervisor, to the IGP, or the courts of law,” the government spokesperson further advised.

Ofwono Opondo also noted that with modernity and technology, candidates can now reach massive numbers of people without physical contact.

He also added that the EC shouldn’t be talking about allegations but facts, reffering to the letter issued by the EC is a shy letter.

On witnessing ballot printing abroad, National Unity Platform (NUP) SG David Rubongoya stated that the EC is calling participants to witness the ballot printing to sanitize the process and give it legitimacy.

He mentioned that if need be, they (NUP) shall send representatives in the diaspora to go and witness.

“We were told to send representatives to witness the ballot printing in Dubai. We sent the names, but we heard that the delegation had already gone. We didn’t think it was wise to follow them,” Candidate Henry Tumukunde’s campaign manager, Beatrice Kiraso said.

The other candidates, specifically have highly ignored EC’s call to facilitate a program that would see their agents travel abroad to witness the printing of ballot papers.

 

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I’m A Muganda Proudly Married To A Munyankole – Bobi Wine Warns Foolish People Promoting Tribalism…

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Barbie asking Kyankwanzi voters to vote Bobi Wine

National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has warned people trying to toe the tribalism line.

Kyagulanyi said that he is a Muganda who is proudly married to a Munyankole beauty.

“There are people now trading the foolish line of tribalism, I am a proud Muganda which is not a crime and my wife is from the West, how can I be tribalistic?” Bobi Wine told the people of Kyankwanzi.

When he was travelling to Kyankwanzi via Hoima, the road was blocked by police claiming it was still under construction and therefore unaccessible.

Bobi and his crew members were left with no option but to spend the night in Migeera, Police under the command of DPC Patience Namara and the OC, Byaruhanga allegedly ordered all hotels not to host them.

“We’re now stuck and spending the night on the roadside. The DPC is telling us she will only allow us to stay in her district until 6:00 a.m in the morning.  You can imagine being treated like this in our own country,” Bobi Wine reported.

The youthful presidential aspirant still mantained that the pain he’s going through since he joined active politics less than five years ago is just making him stronger.

He said, “No matter the pain we are going through on a daily,the love and support we get from the people helps us to keep the hope alive . Thank you Kiryandogo.”

Bobi had earlier on been blocked from accessing his scheduled campaign venue in Masindi.

This, just a few hours after Bobi Wine had been blocked from appearing at Spice FM radio station in Hoima District after paying.

“As soon as we got to the station and started introducing ourselves, the police and military cordoned off the building and forcefully ejected us out of the radio station. We asked why they were doing this, and their answer was “orders from above”. We have been blocked from addressing Ugandans on thirteen radio stations across the country before elections, and ever since the campaigns started, we have been blocked from accessing six radio stations,” Bobi Wine reported.

“Mr. Byabakama and the Electoral Commission must tell us what the meaning of a digital campaign is, when we are not allowed on radio stations. Above all, Mr. Tibuhaburwa and his friends are right to be scared. Ugandans who wondered why we have been calling him the worst coward  in history can now see for themselves what we have been saying,” Bobi Wine stated.

NOTE: theGrapevine management and team is against Tribalism, we have decided as a platform to expose this vice and help those fighting it. We may speak different languages but we are all Ugandans, the people in the diaspora trying to create this hate speech will be exposed and fought. We are all Ugandans regardless of tribe.

 

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