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Zaake (L) with one of his lawyers Basalirwa (R)

Mityana Chief Magistrates Court has given powers to tortured Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake to go ahead and privately prosecute top senior police officers who tortured him.

Zaake applied to court to privately prosecute SSP Bob Kagarura (the police commander Wamala Region), D/ASP Musa Walugembe (police officer in charge of special investigation unit Kireka –Kampala), D/SSP Elly Womanya (the commandant special investigation unit Kireka), Hamdan Twesigye (police officer working with Special Investigations Unit –Kireka) and SP Alex Mwine (Mityana district police commander).

In his affidavit, the people power movement diehard alleged that in April 2020, he was brutally arrested from his home in Mityana Municipality and taken to different police stations and security safe houses where he was brutally tortured.

According to the summons seen by this website, the trial is expected to kick off on 5th August 2020 at Mityana Chief Magistrate courts.

Zaake boasted that he has paraded a number of witnesses to pine the errant officers.

He narrated that he spends sleepless nights waiting for the day he will see his tormentors in the dock. He added that he is very sure that justice will be served.

Zaake was arrested by police on charges of violating the presidential directives to fight Covid19 pandemic after being arrested distributing food to his voters around Mityana Municipality allegations that Zaake strongly denies.

Zaake insisted that the errant officers picked him from his home and he was not distributing food.

President Museveni condemned the selective arrest by security agencies after his Minister and senior party members were found guilty of Zaake’s alleged crime but walked away scotch free.

Ugandan laws permit private prosecution even though the Director of Public Prosecution has powers to take over any criminal case at any particular stage before the judgment.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Ugandans Should Brace Themselves For The Toughest Election Ever – Opposition Wingers Warn, Trash EC’s ‘Inconveniencing Reforms’….

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Upon releasing an improved roadmap to the 2021 General Elections, The EC has been faulted by several opposition parties and members for allegedly stressing their genuine efforts to attain power.

The EC spokesperson, Paul Bukenya in respect to parliamentary and local council elections confirmed that the roadmaps are out, adding that the stage is set for the next act which is the candidates reaching out to the voters.

“Next we have the presidential nominations and date for elections,” he said.

Parliamentary aspirants, mostly from the opposition wing have decried the measurably little time they’ve been officially allocated to converse for votes. They have accused the EC for conniving with the incumbent president and his government to favorably keep him in power by implementing adverse policies to specifically oppress those entities contrasting the current government.

DP president, Nobert Mao, projected that this, particularly is going to be a very intense political season, citing that it requires clarity on rules of engagement more so from key stakeholders like the EC.

“The purpose of an election is to give the voters a chance to choose. This period is very short if you are running for a presidential election. You must have very many speaking for you. It is going to put a lot of pressure on the EC too,” Mao stressed.

Mao says the EC has not done enough of it’s duty on civic education with a lame excuse of lack of funds.

Another opposition parliamentary aspirant, Odonga Otto to his disappointment asked, “How can the EC change the dates gazetted for nominations?”

“It looks like the size of the shoe is clear and also who should put it on is clear. The presidential race is tailored for one person. One of the players in the elections dismissed half of the EC commissioners, he added, in obvious reference to incumbent President Museveni.

He argued that no amount of specific civic education whatsoever will at the moment change voter bribery, but a law. He said, “I still think Parliament needs to change the law so that it is not the president that elects the EC leadership.”

“I was in the village for a week waiting to be nominated. They had to extend the nominations so that the NRM cleans its house, then they call themselves the Independent Electoral Commission, Otto angrily submitted.

EC publicist, Bukenya’s justification of the process was trashed by the Aruu county MP. “You are looking ugly. You are looking like a magician trying to explain a failed magic,” he said.

Veteran opposition singer, Salamu Musumba submitted that the EC is not in charge, but rather remote controlled by the state.

She added that the scientific elections will create anarchy, adding that it will be a jungle that all Ugandans must prepare for.

“We are not ready for democracy. This is like a supermarket where the highest bidder takes it all,” Musumba stated.

Uganda Media Center (UMC) boss Ofwono Opondo however refuted all such claims. He stated that there is no record that the NRM requested the EC to extend the date for nominations of the MP aspirants.

He mockingly asserted that any serious political party should have known that there are going to be elections in February, 2021, and should therefore have been organised regardless of the COVID19 consequences. “The opposition is just using this as an excuse to justify their weakness,” he said.

 

By Baron Kironde

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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

 

By Kisekka Ronald & Timothy Nyanzi

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NRM Is A Home For Sinners – MP Nambooze Asserts That Ruling Party Survives On Captive Support…

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Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, Betty Nambooze Bakireke has labelled the incumbent president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) as a resting place for wrongdoers.

“NRM is a home for sinners. There are people who have murdered, swindled government money and some of them don’t have credentials. They survive on captive support,” Nambooze said, ascertaining that the Museveni led party is an accommodation of wrongdoers.

By records, Nambooze was once in the NRM, and arrested over corruption accusations, an incident that might have led her to end up in the Democratic Party (DP) because it helped her out of prison, and now she is in NUP led by Kyadondo East legislator and presidential hopeful, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

Nambooze has since been likened to musician and Kampala Mayoral aspirant, Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleons who has also overtime transferred from NRM, to DP, and lately to NUP.

The motormouthed politician on her recent controversially switch from traditional DP to the newly formed NUP has also suggested that elections currently for her and other opposition entities are not for merely political contest, but a struggle to liberation.

The Mukono Municipality representative in the 10th Parliament has received her own share of criticism, and accused of merely capitalizing on Bobi Wine’s current strategic political stand but does not support him a single bit.

Gashumba branded Nambooze as a certified opportunist who will jump anywhere with anyone to meet her greedy political ambitions. He weighed the  legislator’s credibility so low, that he would never trust a selfish interested person who keeps shifting camps to fit her needs.

Nambooze on NUP’s visibility in political positions stated that the opposition doesn’t have to unnecessarily field candidates everywhere, except for strategic reasons.

 

By Baron Kironde

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