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.
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.
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.
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.
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.