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How Will Besigye, Bobi Wine And Opposition Members Who Have Been Previously Harassed On Radio And TV Benefit? MPs Speak Out On ‘Scientific’ Election…..

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L-R: MPs Moses Kasibante, Medard Seggona and Robert Centenary

Today, the Electoral Commission boss justice Simon Byabakama released a revised roadmap for the 2020/21 general elections and disclosed that this time, the nominations, campaigns and elections will be ‘scientific’ because of the Covid19 pandemic.

However various Members of Parliament we talked to have expressed mixed opinions over EC’s new plan.

Here are their views:

ROBERT CENTENARY (FDC) KASESE MUNICIPALITY: Scientific elections mean that the government is not going to give fairness to other levels like Councillors and LC3 Chairpersons because they will not have resources to access their supporters. The revised road map is only going to benefit the ruling NRM party but Uganda as a country is not well prepared for this type of election. Even the signals for some media platforms especially upcountry are poor. This will hinder campaigning in these regions.

MUHAMMED MUWANGA KIVUMBI (DP) BUTAMBALA:  It is not a Scientific Election, it is called fake election because only one candidate is going to benefit.

From the start Museveni wanted this to happen because he knew very well that the opposition is keener this time and cheating in this election was going to be hard. He decided to go for a fake scientific type of election to eliminate illiterates, elders and poor people from choosing their leaders because he knows that many of these people are opposition members. He is now going to use this chance to get a good percentage that will consolidate him in power.

MOSES KASIBANTE (DP) RUBAGA NORTH: Museveni ordered for a revised electoral road map to consolidate himself in power but even if he does all this, he will not consolidate himself in power. We are fully organised to compete with him even though he is planning to cheat opposition.

You are talking about a ‘scientific’ election but we know that some government media houses don’t want to host opposition members, how will people like Dr. Kiiza Besigye and Bobi Wine who have been previously harassed whenever they go for talk shows on these stations benefit?

We want the government to make it easy for both opposition and the ruling party members to benefit from government media platforms at a cheap.

MEDARD LUBEGA SEGONA (DP) BUSIRO EAST: President Museveni wants the 2021 Election done like his wedding to his wife since they were wedded Scientifically. Campaigning on TVs, Radios and social media will not bring out our message clearly to the people in rural areas because the majority don’t have these devices. If government is not well prepared because of the Coronavirus situation, let EC postpone the election until the situation normalizes than giving one party (NRM) room to dominate other parties.

PATRICK NSAMBA (NRM) KASANDA NORTH: It’s good to make sure that citizens are protected from the spread of Covid19 and the revised EC Road map is good, but what worries us is where are we going to get the funds for airtime on radio, TVs and data to reach all our supporters especially in rural areas? Some don’t even have these devices. These new guidelines will help those who have these gadgets and the few elites.

SOLOMON SILWANY (NRM) BUKOOLI  COUNTY: Going ‘scientific’ is going to be hard for all candidates because radio stations and TVs are very expensive. Those who thought that we were going have political rallies and gathering and those who don’t have money are going to miss out. Maybe government should provide citizens with data, TVs, radios and smart phones.

ABED BWANIKA (PDP): This scientific election was planned to give Museveni a safe passage through 2021 because he has been on Radios, and TVs giving Coronavirus updates every two weeks which has given him a huge advantage.

Now opposition should play and work as a team to help their colleagues by providing data and funding them jointly to campaign on TV and radio. If they don’t play as a team, Museveni and his NRM are going to declare themselves as winners come 2021.

PAULSON LUTTAMAGUZI SEMAKULA  (DP) NAKASEKE SOUTH: I appealed to the Electoral Commission to postpone the election because I knew that Museveni is going to use the Coronavirus switch to enter 2021 without competition. Campaigning on TVs, Radios, Youtube and other platforms is going to be very expensive for opposition. People in NRM government have generated a lot of wealth for the last 33 years so they have the money, but it is not fair to compete with the man who has taken all the money in the treasury.

 

By Timothy Nyanzi

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How Does It Benefit Anyone To See Dead Bodies At A Polling Station Arising Out Of An Election? EC Boss Byabakama Warns On Violence And How New Digital System Is Going To Improve Voting…

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EC boss Simon Byabakama

The Independent Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) is in the process of acquiring a system that will be used on polling day which will efficiently identify a voter, rule out multiple voting and also have some level of connectivity, according to the commission.

The system will also enable the EC to ensure that any voter who is not clearly identified on the national voter’s register does not vote.

“We are plugging the possible loopholes that would have given rise to credible grounds to challenge an outcome of any election. We want to carry that forward to the 2021 general elections,” the EC chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, said, giving assurance that his commission is doing excellent work.

Byabakama cited the dire need for massive voter education nationwide. “Before a person becomes a meaningful credible voter, he/she must understand his/her rights, under the law and in the constitution,” he said.

“We need to redesign our curriculum and instill more of ‘Ugandaness’. Many Ugandans do not have a sense of ownership of their country. So the first task we have is to promote and inculcate ‘Ugandaness’ within our minds,” he added.

He however also noted that voter education that comes in the season of an election may not be so effective because the ground is already contaminated with so many actors, and everybody is pulling the voters in different directions.

“Just like in our case as the electoral commission who are supposed to carry out voter education, the question of resources is very critical. In a given financial year, the budget allocation for voter education is UGX 300million,” Byabakama added.

Byabakama decried the evident acts of violence in conducting the electoral process, saying it undermines a country’s democracy. He advocated for unity, as the only means to jointly have a violent free and credible election.

“All of us should say NO to violence and we should encourage our people to do to the same. The perpetrators of the violence that was in the NRM primaries were the people, the same people who are going to participate in the 2021 elections,” Byabakama stated, noting that the issue of whether or not the 2021 elections will be characterised by violence is entirely in the hands of Ugandan.

“How does it benefit anyone to see dead bodies at a polling station arising out of an election?” Byabakama asked, maintaining that nobody is supposed to threaten anyone not to vote for a particular individual because this is a right enshrined in our constitution. Anyone who intimidates or threatens a voter commits a criminal offence punishable by the law.

On whether or not there’s a likelihood that a local firm could print the ballot papers, Byabakama admitted that he doesn’t want to commit himself on that but what they (EC) will look at is the capacity of the firm and whether they are able to handle the volume of work.

 

By Baron Kironde

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NUP WOES: How Bobi Wine’s Son Kampala Survived Kamwokya Rioters, His Brother Nyanzi Vows To Expose NUP Dirty Linen In Public If They Don’t Stop Threatening Him…

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Chairman Nyanzi (L) Bobi Wine (R) and his son Kampala (C)

Some family members of National Unity Platform (NUP) Party supreme leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine in danger over the way party flag bearers were selected.

It all started on Monday when a group of angry NUP supporters stormed the party headquarters in Kamwokya-Kampala accusing some members of Bobi Wine’s family of influencing the selection of the party flag bearers.

Among the people implicated was Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, Bobi Wine’s elder brother who is accused of influencing the vetting committee chaired by Mercy Walukamba to choose his friends, relatives of his wife and those who gave him money.

The situation at Kamwokya got out of hand and top leaders led by Louis Rubongoya, the party Secretary General, Joel Ssenyonyi the Spokesperson, Sulaiman Kidandala, the head of mobilization, Mercy Walukamba, Aisha Kabanda, deputy Secretary General went into hiding.

In the heat of the chaos, the Principal’s son Solomon Kampala Ssentamu survived being thumped by some NUP supporters.

Kampala, who is always at the NUP headquarters was trying to intervene and stop some angry supporters from asking for Nyanzi’s head.

The bitter supporters told him, “Kampala don’t tell us anything, we only listen to Kibanda (Bobi Wine), he is the only person we respect, not people like you even if you are his son or wife or brother. We will die with anyone who tries to stand in the way of our struggle.”

Immediately a group of rioters surrounded Kampala but Mutwe’s ‘Kanyamas’ quickly surrounded him and escorted him out of the NUP headquarters.

ANGRY KYAGULANYI BLASTS WALUKAMBA

That evening, Kyagulanyi held a crisis meeting at his home in Magere where top leaders were summoned.

Credible sources who attended the meeting told this website that the Principle was very angry and blasted Walukamba for letting him down.

Bobi Wine wondered why Walukamba and her team followed Nyanzi’s orders and influence when selecting the party’s flag bearers.

“Principle was angry, he castigated Walukamba and her team for failing to handle a simple assignment of flag bearers because of greed from some people. He told them that he has a lot of things to do including the increasing court cases he is battling with,” the source revealed.

The angry pop star turned politician asked for the list of those who were announced winners and promised to sit with other party leaders to scrutinize it again.

NYANZI THREATENS TO REVEAL NUP SECRETS

On Wednesday morning, Nyanzi told journalists at his offices in Kamwokya that his life is in danger after receiving a lot of death threats from NUP members.

“Since I joined the struggle, I have gathered a lot of information and recorded some of the threats which I will give to my people if I’m killed,” Nyanzi said.

He revealed that once he unleashes some of the secrets he has, it will be the death of NUP. He warned party members to handle him care.

Nyanzi said that he has sacrificed a lot including his life and property to support Bobi Wine so he cannot allow a section of supporters to attack him.

On the issue of receiving bribes and influencing the vetting committee, Nyanzi refuted the allegations and tasked his accusers to table evidence of him receiving bribes.

“That’s what I told Honorable Kyagulanyi, let those accusing me of soliciting bribes bring evidence. I know there are people out there who are using my name to get money from NUP members, please help me and arrest those people and bring them to me,” Nyanzi said.

He boasted that he is a rich man who cannot solicit for money from poor NUP supporters because if he wants money, he knows where to get it from.

He warned party supporters especially those on social media who are being diverted by their enemies to stop spreading harmful political propaganda because it will weaken or kill the party.

DP DEFECTORS NOT HAPPY WITH KAMWOKYA EVENTS – MIRUNDI

Senior presidential adviser on media, Joseph Tamale Mirundi this week revealed that there is a secret move being planned by some disgruntled NUP members to rally all dissatisfied members and form another political party.

“Some MPs who defected are not happy with what is going on in NUP and I’m predicting from here that immediately after winning their political seats, they are going to form another political party,” Mirundi said.

He explained that senior politicians are not happy with the way Bobi Wine’s family is running affairs at the Kamwokya based party blaming them of being money minded and not having the struggle at heart.

He also accused Nyanzi who he branded the richest man in NUP of soliciting for bribes from the party aspirants.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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M7 Will Not Be President Forever, Stop Paying Attention On Him, Focus On Life After Him – Bidandi Sali Advises Opposition…

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Veteran politician who served as a local government minister in Museveni’s government, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali has urged opposition parties to prepare for life after President Museveni, instead of prioritising targeting to oust him.

Bidandi, who is also the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) founder said that his observation is opposition political parties can not have a clear view in front because they are simply paying so much attention to incumbent President Museveni.

Narrating how the struggle to liberation cannot count, Bidandi expressively painted a picture of a movement holding onto power being battled by organisations fighting for leadership positions.

While appearing on NBS Television, Bidandi said political parties are mushrooming driven more by adventurousness and curious individuals with no proper establishment of structural organisation, but complex intentions.

“A political party back in the day was a political party. An administrative position in the party wouldn’t be held without training,” Bidandi said.

“Sadly, the country no longer has a group that bears genuine values of a political party. The National Resistence Movement is a mere ‘movement’ while the opposition parties as organisations fighting for leadership positions.

Bidandi recounted that back in the day money was not a focal factor in politics because it’s very dangerous as it corrupts.

“I don’t want to condemn any political party. There are always values acquired in leadership. As long as you don’t appreciate those values, then you are off-target,” he said.

“People behave like they will be in the positions they hold for life, which is not possible” Bidandi added, emphasising that the opposition ought to not only fight to oust President Yoweri Museveni but as well start thinking beyond removing him from the country’s top office.

 

By Baron Kironde

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