Court dismisses Lukwago’s petition

By Sania Babirye

Kampala high court Judge Musa Sekana has dismissed an application filed by Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago which was challenging the ECs decision to ban campaigning in the alleged 13 districts strongly hit by COVID-19 including Kampala.

Justice Sekana has ruled that although EC’s decision to suspend campaigns in Kampala and other districts is a violation of freedoms of expression, assemble and association, but the limitation of enjoyment of those freedoms is demonstrably justifiable due to the prevailing COVID-19 infections in those areas.

Justice Musa Sekana has further stated that there was no breach to a fair hearing on Lukwago’s side since EC did not sit as a tribunal and that there was justification for dispensing with the right to be heard due to the urgency and emergency in order to stop the spread of corona virus.

In the said petition, Lukwago was seeking orders to overturn the Electoral commission decision to suspend campaign meetings in the said districts.

Through his law firm of Lukwago and company advocates, Lukwago claimed that the EC’s decision contained in a press statement of 26th of December waa irrational and an infringement on his rights to associate , interface and convince the electorate to vote him for the 3rd time in the office of the Lord mayor .

He further claimed that as a candidate and the political head of the city, EC did not give him a fair hearing before issuing the said ban depriving him of his right to disseminate their ideas to citizens , which is a fundamental component of a free and fair election.

Lukwago said that the advise given by the EC that candidates should campaign through media outlets (radios and TVs) in the contentious districts was not tenable since government had not taken any measures to ensure that Radio or Television sets were distributed among citizens despite a huge budget to purchase them being allocated by parliament during the last quarter .

Lukwago then asked the High court to quash EC’s decision and issue an injunctive order stopping the Inspector General of police who was directed to ensure that no campaign meeting occurs in Kampala , Masaka, Luweero, Mbarara , Kasese, Wakiso , Jinja , Kalungu , Kazo and Tororo from implementing the same.

He also wanted court to order EC to pay him general damages for the inconvenience as his campaign schedules have been disrupted by this decision.

Muntu asks Ugandans to focus on real issues

By Sania Babirye

Alliance for National transformation party presidential candidate Gen.Mugisha Muntu says Ugandans need to think first of what they are fighting against and what they are fighting for before they cast their votes if there is going to be any meaningful change and power transition.

Gen.Mugisha Muntu made the call while addressing supporters in Kabale sub county in Rakai and Kakuto constituency in Kyotera on Monday as he continued to traverse the country for votes.

“In my tours around the country, citizens have defined problems of this country as; lack of democracy, lack of justice, fake democracy, poverty, unemployment, poor health care system to mention but a few. However, in choosing leaders at whatever level, citizens tend to focus on what they are fighting against and lose focus on the later.” Muntu said.

Muntu said that he is not under any illusion and wants Ugandans to focus on such issues before voting on the 14th of January 2020 because to achieve anything, the regime has to go first.

He adds that the only way forward is if Ugandans realize that they have two battles that they must fight simultaneously and that the only way forward is for the Citizens to understand that no candidate can ever be powerful without their support.

“So, in exercise of this power, citizens should look for, from politicians, the qualities necessary to deliver on what we desire. By this, Ugandans will have solved 2 things at ago.They will have used their power to change the regime but also most fundamentally, they will have chosen a team that can deliver and once in the history of our country, we can have a meaningful change.” he stated.

CCEDU says new campaign guidelines are not all inclusive

By Deo Wasswa
Organizations advocating for free and fair elections in the country under their umbrella organisation CCEDU say the electoral road map announced today by the Uganda electoral commission is not all inclusive and participatory to majority of Ugandans.

Citizens coalition on electoral democracy (CCEDU) they say as Uganda electoral commission plans to implement the online campaigns for candidates, it should also consider some offline consultation meetings where candidates would meet their electorates and campaign mangers in groups of not more than 30 people while observing standard operating procedure against the spread of Covid19 disease.

They say, the offline meetings should be allowed especially up country where majority of Ugandans have less access to internet, television, radio and other online platforms.

We are training police to handle rallies -Enanga

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force has embarked on training it’s officers in handling and managing public procession and rallies organized by politicians.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga while addressing the press today at CPS he said that this has been implemented because some politicians have started early campaigns and preparations a head of 2021 general elections.

The training teaches officers how to handle, manage,and control political activities of both those who are law abiding and those who are defiant.

Enanga further said that they have communicated to all Territorial commanders these are RPC, and District police commanders not to allow all gathering all processions which are not under the law.

He adds that during this communication the commanders should know how to talk to the organizer, and how to handle them than affecting other members of the public who are not part of their political activities.

Enanga reminds all the Commanders to fast engage the organizer’s of political activities before they make an official declaration to leave the venue before they are dispersed, and if they refuse to leave reasonable force will be used to disperse.

He raised concern about The defiance campaign of the Forum for Democratic change,in organizing procession, rallies, and meetings which was not the case when Gen Mugisha Muntu was then the president of the party.

He adds that after FDC conversing their support meeting from the Grassroots they end up holding rallies which are not included in their communication to police.

He further says that all communications concerning rallies and procession have been entrusted by Inspector general of police to the Directorate of operations to work out all the modernizes, but advised all the politicians to inform the police within 14 days according to the act concerning public order management act.

Sheema North member of Parliament campaigns start today

Campaign meetings for candidates vying for the Sheema North member of parliament seat are set to kick off today till to the 6th of October 2018 according to the program released by electoral commission.

Last week electoral commission nominated three candidates who included NRM’s Naome Kibajju, FDC’s Guma Nuwagaba and independent Felix Mujuni.

The Sheema district returning officer Deborah Asiimwe has called on the candidates  to ensure they stick to the campaign programs to be harmonized that’s in the ongoing meeting at Sheema district headquarters.

The Sheema north constituency parliamentary seat fell vacant following the resignation of former member of parliament Erioda Tumwesigye who crossed to the municipality and voting to take place on 8th October.

Mukono MP Nambooze’s supporter shot for blocking Museveni’s convoy

A supporter of Mukono municipality MP, Betty Nambooze, was shot last evening during a scuffle with security in the town.

The incident happened along Kayunga road in Mukono town as Nambooze made final touches in her campaigns ahead of Thursday elections.

Apparently, Nambooze’s supporters turned rowdy and blocked the road at the same time President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy was entering the town.

Museveni was coming from Mukono north and rushing back to Kampala.

Mukono police OC station, George Ndikuzimana, led his boys to clear the road for the president only to meet resistance.

As security tried to contain the crowd, one person was shot in the leg.

Speaking earlier at her rally in Mukono Taxi Park, Nambooze warned police against engaging in partisan politics and harassing the opposition.

She also alleged that crime preventers had already been deployed to tamper with the votes ahead of tomorrow’s election.





Besigye arrives for Wakulukuku rally at 8pm

Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate addressed his campaign rally at Wankulukuku Stadium in Rubaga Division on Wednesday evening past the 6pm stipulated campaign deadline.
According to the organisers, Besigye’s rally was expected to start at around 5pm, but he arrived at Wankulukuku Stadium minutes after 8pm. Some of the voters had already left after waiting for Besigye for three hours in vain and only streamed back when he arrived.

Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC party, National Mobilisation Secretary, blamed the late arrival of Besigye at the campaign venue on hundreds of his supporters who slowed down his convoy.

Dozens of Police and army officers deployed at Wankulukuku Stadium, looked on as Besigye addressed his supporters. Some of the officers were busy guiding traffic that was moving in and outside the stadium.

In his speech that lasted for only 12 minutes, Besigye apologised for the delay, which he attributed to the overwhelming support from his supporters. Besigye told voters that his government will develop Kampala without evicting anyone.

This isn’t first time Besigye is campaigning beyond the stipulated campaign deadline. During his campaign trail in Luweero, Besigye beat heavy police deployment in Wobulenzi town council and addressed his campaign rally after 8:30pm.

Just like the case was in Wankulukuku stadium last evening, many of his supporters had already left and only started streaming back when he arrived. Earlier in the day, Besigye held mini rallies in Makindye division.