Presidential petition will test the Ugandan judicial system says Bobi Wine

By Sania Babirye

National Unity platform party president and former Presidential candidate in the concluded general elections says their decision to petition the supreme court to a null president Museveni’s victory and order for a by election is not a wastage of time as some people might think.

Addressing the media this morning at his home in Magere about the petition filed on Monday, Robert Kyagulanyi said that just like they put Simon Byabakama the chairman of the electoral commission on spot, their move was also to hold the judiciary accountable for their actions when it comes respect to the rule of law .

Kyagulanyi who came second to incumbent President says that they know that president Museveni controls the judiciary and it’s judges , but they want to show Ugandans that they are law abiding citizens and a group of people that pursued the last bit of law and that their hope is not in the courts of laws but in the people of Uganda.

He adds that despite knowing that Byabakama was biased, they had to participate in the concluded elections to put him to the test, and it is going to be the same thing with the judiciary.

Bobiwine says they are confident in every evidence they submitted in their petition because , Ugandans watched and witnessed everything live as it happened during the campaigns, and after, and that if the judiciary is independent, then it should rule in their favor and stand on the side of justice.

Bobiwine has retaliated that their plan B is one and it is removing the alleged dictator and that despite being many and young, they do not believe in violence and will only use peaceful means to gain power

Sodo, Kuteesa face off in court

By Sania Babirye

Two National Resistance movement rivals in the Mawogola -North MP race; Sodo Kaguta and Shartis Kuteesa Musherure have been allowed by the high court to each defend himself before Justice Musa Sekana on who is the rightful party candidate to hold the party flag for the said constituency.

The two have today reached a consent that Musherure Kuteesa a daughter to Sam Kutesa be added as a respondent on a petition filed by Sodo Kaguta also president Museveni’s brother against his party NRM for refusing to announce him as it’s official candidate for Mawaogola North constituency.

These are both standing as independents, however, Sodo hopes to have court declare him the NRM flag bearer, challenging the party’s CEC decision to cancel his alleged victory and delaying its decision on his appeal which he states was given after the gazetted nomination dates for MP contestants by the Independent Electoral Commission .

Justice Sekaana says he will deliver his judgement on the 21st of this month via email.

NUP postpones manifesto launch

By Sania Babirye

National Unity platform president Robert Kyagulanyi has said that they have postponed their manifesto launch from Friday to Saturday 7th November.

According to Bobiwine, this is due to the untimely death of senior leader, Sheikh Anas Kalisa, who will be buried this Friday in Ntungamo.

He says this is meant to enable their senior leaders, including himself, to participate in the funeral.

The manifesto launch is scheduled to take place in Mbarara, Kakoba Division. NUP says they have notified the Electoral Commission and Uganda police about the changes.

NUP asks EC to intervene on police interference during campaigns

By Sania Babirye

National unity platform party led by Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi has unveiled their Presidential candidate Official Poster.

These have also launched their slogan, “When the struggle is over, we shall wear the victors’ crown in A NEW UGANDA.”

Speaking at the function at their headquarters in Kamyokya, David Lubongoya the party secretary general has revealed that their manifesto will be unveiled soon.

Joel Senyonyi the party spokesperson has called upon the electoral commission to intervene in what he has called the continued defacing of their presidential flag bearer posters by security operatives including the police and the army if its not partisan.

Ssenyonyi now wants the electoral commission to intervene if its independent by stopping the police and the army from continuing to pull down posters of party president Robert Kyagulanyi down while protecting those of president Museveni.

Senyonyi further says that it is not fair that EC that has powers but has not come out to criticise such actions of the army and police .

He says that if this does not stop, its likely to cause disharmony amongst Ugandans.

He also criticized the police from arresting and detaining their members including those who are underage like 17 year old Walakira Elijah without charging them with any offence.

State wants Tumukunde’s case against CID boss dismissed

By Sania Babirye

The state has asked the high court to dismiss an application in which 2021 presidential aspirant Rtd.lt.Gen.Henry Tumukunde filed in the high court civil division seeking to stay proceedings against CID boss Grace Akullo before high court Judge Musa Sekana and have the case forwarded before the constitutional court for interpretation.

Appearing before Justice Musa Sekana, the attorney general has sworn an affidavit through state attorney Emelda Adong asking court to dismiss the said application in grounds that it has no grounds for any constitutional interpretations.

The attorney general States that the said application is an abuse of court process because it has no value and lacks purpose since he is legally allowed to represent government and its institutions and servants by the constitution of Uganda.

He has also asked Justice Sekana to order Tumukunde to pay him costs to the said suit.

The application arose after Justice Musa Sekana dismissed an application in which Tumukunde through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli wanted court to remove the attorney general from representing CID boss Grace Akullo since he had sued her in her individual capacity.

Tumukunde wants the constitutional court to interpret if a government lawyer has powers to represent anyone being sued in his her individual capacity despite being a civil public servant

He also wants court to interpret whether the Attorney General was legally right to refuse from representing Akullo who was being sued in her individual capacity.

Tumukunde further wants the constitutional court to interpret if Justice Musa Sekana was right to refuse to summon Grace Akullo from appearing in court and defend herself on allegations of violating his constitutional right to liberty and free expression and also refuse to drop the government lawyer from the case and only remain with Akullo.

In August this year, Tumukunde dragged the CID boss and the attorney to the high court accusing her of violating his constitutional right to liberty and free expression.

This is after he was summoned to appear at the CID headquarters on the 17th of August to to be grilled why he was meeting veteran soldiers.

He then went to court seeking those summons to be quashed because they were in violation of his constitutional rights.

He asked justice Sekana to drop the attorney general from the case and remains with only Akullo which court declined to grant and instead ordered both parties to fine their written submissions so that he ruled on the application on the 23rd of next month.

IPOD chairman demands explanation on distribution of party activities money

By Alice Lubwama

The chairperson Inter party organization for dialogue (IPOD) also president general of Justice Forum (JEEMA ) Asumani Basalirwa has demanded that speaker Kadaga asks the finance minister Matia Kasaija to explain the basis which he instructed the Electoral commission to distribute funds political parties activities depending on numerical strength in parliament.

Basalirwa has informed parliament this afternoon that although the matter was conclusively discussed by IPOD and the political parties and organization act requires the electoral commission to distribute the money equally the funds were given out basing on numerical strength on instructions of Kasaija.

He says that out of the 15 billion shillings released to the electoral commission for party activities NRM party got 12 billion shillings, FDC 1.5 billion, DP 650 million UPC 350 million and JEEMA got only 41 million shillings, which he says is unfair.

Nalubwama finally chosen as NRM flag bearer

By Alice Lubwama

The independent electoral commission has finally nominated Agatha Nalubwama as NRM flag bearer for Kayunga woman seat in the forth coming elections.

Although there were several attempts by her NRM primaries opponent Jacqueline Birungi to block her nomination, Nalubwama has still been chosen as party flag bearer.

Her nomination follows Thursday’s interim order issued by the court of appeal staying the execution of the ruling and orders made by Justice David Batema of Mukono high court, until the main application is disposed.

The NRM party Electoral Commission filed an appeal before the court of appeal contesting the decision of Justice Batema that nullified the election of Nalubwama Agatha as party flag bearer for 2021 general elections.

Nalubwama has promised to change the lives of the people of Kayunga who are mainly farmers by wooing investor’s to the area to help them add value to their produce.

She also promised that once elected in parliament ,she will also empower the youth with skills to enable them start up small income generating projects.

Others nominated today include Jacqueline Birungi also vying for the same seat of woman mp on independent ticket and Harriet Nakwegedde also contesting for woman seat on National unity platform ticket.

Court okays Buwembo’s nomination

By Sania Babirye

Kampala high court judge Micheal Elabu has Okayed the nomination of Habib Buwembo as FDCs rightful flag bearer fir Rubaga South constituency.

This is after an aggrieved Forum for Democratic Change aspirant for the same seat Nakanwagi Grace petitioned the high court seeking to block Buwembo’s nomination on grounds that the party had already voted her as the flag bearer.

Justice Elabu has ruled that Buwembo genuinely won the FDC primaries with 29 votes against Nakanwagi who pulled only four votes.

He added that it would be unfair for court to interfere with the will of the people who voted Buwembo to represent them

Nakanwagi has also been ordered to pay costs to Buwembo.

Police tightens security as EC nominates candidates

BY EDWIN MUHUMUZA

By 8 O’clock members aspiring for elective parliamentary positions in Kampala began streaming into the electoral commission offices in Ntinda , city suburb.

The requirements for one to be nominated include the aspirant being a registered voter of the specific electoral area they want to represent in Parliament.

One should also be in possession of a receipt of sh3m nomination fees from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), certificates and original copies of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent (only for viewing).

Other requirements are registered voters to support the aspirants; and in case of change of name, the aspirant must have sworn in an affidavit by a magistrate or commissioner of oath.

At exactly 2 O’clock close to fifty aspirants had fulfilled these requirements according to the Returning officer for Kampala, Fredrick Muwaya Tibakunno in what has been a busy day for the electoral commission.

The nominations will continue tomorrow (Friday) as the other day for the parliamentary nominations.

‘We have had a very smooth operation right from the beginning. We have nominated 44 persons, 41 of them for the directly elected members of parliament for the different constituencies within Kampala City. Three of them, for women member of parliament. We are expecting many more. Today alone we have about 55 persons to who booked to be nominated. Tomorrow we have another number, we hope that we shall be able to handle them by close of business. So we do not think that there will be a challenge in regard to some people not fulfilling the requirements.’ Muwaya said.

In an era when the corona virus continues to shake the entire world, only four people were allowed to accompany the aspirants, a policy that was actively enforced by a combined team of Local Defence Unit Personnel, Uganda Police, and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces.

Some of the successful nominees include; Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala central),Betty Kamya (Lubaga North) Ken Lukyamuzi (Lubaga North) Sulaiman Kidandala (Kawempe North) Muhammad Segirinya (Kawempe North) Abubakar Kawalya (Lubaga North) Ibrahim Kasozi – (Makindye East) Allan Sewanyana (Makindye West) Bashir Kazibwe,(Kawempe North) Kenneth Paul Kakande (Nakawa East) Dennis Mbidde Sebugwawo (Lubaga South) Stella Nyanzi,Kampala Woman, Farida Nambi (Kampala Woman) and Ssebugwawo Mbidde (Lubaga South).

We had many more reporters are around in regions to update us;

In Wakiso, Minister Seninde Rosemary, Nakato Miriam, Namugga Grace, Naluyima Betty, Medard Lubega Ssegona have also been successfully nominated. Hon. Semujju was brought for nominations by a police after police foiled his procession from Kiira municipality. The FDC party spokesperson who is also aspiring member of Parliament for Kiira Municipality was later bundled up into a police car immediately after nomination and taken to an unknown location.
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Reports from Masaka indicate that Field Force Unit personnel have been deployed at the electoral commission ahead of the arrival of NUP members for nomination
Some of the people who have been successfully nominated in Masaka include Former SC Villa and Uganda cranes defender Dan Ntale has been nominated. Others who have been nominated in this region include, Mayor Kayemba Godfrey, Hon. Mukasa Mbidde, Chris Nakyejwe,among others

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Speaking to Speaker Kadaga shortly after being nominated, she said, “I’ve been nominated as a candidate for the Kamuli Woman MP seat. My priority, as MP, will be the struggle for tarmacking of three key roads that link Kamuli to three districts. These are: Bukungu to Kimaka in Jinja; Budhumbula to Kasolo in Iganga; & the road that leads to Pallisa District. The other key priorities will be to stimulate economic growth, repair the ferry and introduction of avocado as a cash crop. Research shows that a farmer can earn as much as 28m/- from it. I’ll also enhance the struggle for sugarcane markets and modes of value addition.”

Court issues injunction over Habib Buwembo’s nomination

By Sania Babirye

An aggrieved Forum for Democratic change aspirant for Rubaga south constituency has petitioned the high court seeking to block the nomination of fellow party member also aspirant for the same constituency Buwembo Habib over double standards .

Nakanwagi Grace is accusing her party of double standards after the party electoral commission which had first nominated her as the flag bearer for Rubaga South constituency allegedly turned around and held fresh primaries in which Buwembo was nominated as the new flag bearer under unclear circumstances.

She is now seeking the high to stop the nomination of Buwembo and instead have her nominated as the party flag bearer for Rubaga south constituency.

She also wants court to order FDC party to give her the necessary documents to enable her get elected by the National Electoral commission for the said seat .

The court has now issued a temporary injunction against the nomination of Buwembo who was due to be nominated at mid day today until the main injunction is heard and dispossessed off.