KCCA elections to be held on Thursday

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital City Authority has set 5th March as the election date for the post of speaker and his Deputy. This comes after the president Museveni signed the new KCCA act of 2020 in November 2019.

Addressing journalists at the Media center the minister for Kampala metropolitan affairs Betty Among said the five divisions of Kampala will also hold the elections on same date at their division headquarters.

According to the set guidelines for the poll, only the Lord Mayor, his deputy, division mayor’s, executive director, town clerk , RCC , division mayor’s chief magistrate and journalists will be allowed to access the voting area.

She further adds that mobile phones and other recording devices have been prohibited to from voting exercise.

Three people have so far shown interest in the race among them FDC Doreen Nyanjura, Abubaker Kawalya, and NRM Bruhan Byaruhanga.

DP releases roadmap for 2021 elections

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Democratic Party ( DP) has released it’s road map towards the forth coming general elections 2021.

Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Kampala the National organizing secretary of the party, Suleiman Kidandala, said the party will hold it’s delegates conference between 28th-31st March 2020 where they will elect the new party president and other flag bearers.

Before the delegates conference there will be registration of party members at village level from 14th-26th January.

Kidandala added that there will be elections of party executives at village to district level from 26th January to 9th march.

Meanwhile party representatives from constituency and districts will represent the lower levels in the national delegates conference .

EC extends registration update days

By Robert Segawa

The electoral commission has provided a five days extension for the national update of the voters register from the 11th of December to 16th of December.

The exercise which kicked off in 21st of November country wide was scheduled to end tomorrow 11th December 2019.

Addressing journalists this afternoon the commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama says the extension was effected due to the high number of applicants and outcry from various stake holders.

He further cautioned the public not to give money to the officials working in the voters register update exercise because it’s free of charge.

Byabakama adds that if possible they are to ask police to intervene.

Prof. Ssempebwa ‘s case on today

By Sania Babirye
The supreme court on Wednesday expected to hear an application filed by Celebrated law professor Fredrick Ssempebwa in which he petitioned the Supreme Court seeking orders to declare the Attorney General William Byaruhanga unfit for the position of Attorney General for disregarding the supreme court electoral reforms recommendations arising out of the 2016 Presidential election petition judgement .

The application will be heard by Seven Justices including; Justice Stellah Arach Amoko, Eldard Mwangusya, Faith Mwhodha, Lillian Tibatemwa, Richard Buteera , Augustine Nshiimye and Jotham Tumwwsigye .

On the 26th of March this year, Prof. Ssempebwa together with other law dons including Fredrick Jjuko and Kituo Cha asked the same court to hold the AG in contempt of court for allegedly failing to follow up on the said reforms to see that they are implemented and report back to court within two years to check on their progress.

The petitioners claim that the Attorney General is a senior lawyer who needs to be demoted from an important position as Government chief adviser because his actions and behavior is unbecoming.

These claim that the Supreme court ordered the AG to make a follow up on the concerned two arms of government regarding the implementation of the above recommendations and report back to the Supreme court within 2 years which has never been done forcing them to seek legal redress.

On the 31st of March 2016, Nine justices of the supreme court led by chief Justice Bart Katureebe, ruled that President Museveni lawfully nominated by the electoral commission in accordance with the Presidential Election act which saw him win his fifth term in office.

These however gave 10 key electoral reforms that the Attorney General had to implement before the 2012 General elections.

The attorney General was also ordered to follow up the said reforms together with other state organs including Parliament and the executive and also report back to court on which measures government has taken to see that the said reforms are implemented which has never been done.

Some of the said recommendations was that Government should review the 10 day period within which to file a presidential election petition and the 30 day period within which the court must analyze the said evidence and determine the matter which to the justices was not enough time.

These recommended that the time be amended and increased to 60 days so that the petition can be heard in ample time within which also the new president must be sworn in.

The supreme court also recommended that evidence in regard to the election petition be both oral and affidavit evidence to allow oral examination since affidavits on its own can seem to be unreliable because witnesses tend to be partisan.

These also recommended that the period within which to hold a fresh election once one is annulled be increased from 20 days to a longer and more realistic period since sometimes the hearing and determination of such petitions take longer and also the fact that the electoral commission has had problems in fully holding a free and fair election due to problems like securing funds and importation of electoral materials and those materials reaching in time at polling stations.

These also recommended that a law in regulate the use of analogy in the conduct and management of elections be enacted and within time to train the officials and also sensitize voters and other stake holders over the law.

These also recommended that the law in regard to the use of state owned Media be amended to allow all presidential candidates given equal time and space on state-owned media.

These had found out that state owned Uganda Broadcasting Corporation UBC did fail in its duty of availing all presidential candidates including the opposition equal time.

They therefore recommended that any state organ or officer who violates such laws be punished.

Other recommendations included prohibiting the giving of donations by all candidates including the sitting President who is also a candidate so that there is a level playing field for all.

These had observed that the president continued to give donations even through out his campaign, that the said recommendations be carried out within a period of two years to avoid last minute hastily enacted legislation on elections, the Attorney General to be able to respond to some of the allegations brought against state officers among others and that all public officers should not participate in any political campaign .

On the 1st of March 2016, former Prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi also a former presidential candidate who was the third run-up behind FDCs Ret.Col.Kizza Besigye petitioned the supreme court seeking challenging President Museveni’s victory citing massive election irregularities that were held on the 18th of February 2016.

Mbabazi sued President Museveni together with the Uganda Electoral Commission and the Attorney General.

On the 20th of February 2016, President Museveni was declared winner with 60.62% , while Besigye scored 35.61% and Amama Mbabazi came third with just 1.39% of the total votes cast.

Other Justices on the panel included Justice Jotham Tumwesigye, Esther Kisaakye,Mary Stella Arach Amoko, Augustine Nshimye, Eldad Mwangusya, Rubbu Aweri-Opio, Faith Mwonda and Lillian Tibatemwa.

MP Luttamaguzi pleads with opposition youth to demand electoral reforms

By Alice Lubwama
Nakaseke south Member of Parliament Lutamaguzi semakula has asked the opposition not to allow to be diverted by the NRM proposals of lining up in party elections instead of demanding for electoral reforms.

While reacting to the resolution by the NRM Central executive committee which decided that the NRM party primaries will be conducted through lining up behind backs, Lutamaguzi also shadow minister for lands noted that by the opposition discussing such a small group will mean that everything is okay.

The legislator alleges that the proposal made by CEC is just intended to benefit the NRM party chairman.

Opposition leader in parliament Betty Aol Ocan recently announced how the opposition was planning to move a private members bill in parliament seeking for constitution amendment to have some of electoral reforms.

Some of the reforms will include presidential aspirants who get 10 per cent of the vote to become ex-officio members in Parliament.

The Bill also seeks for the reinstatement of presidential term limits, the introduction of federal governments and the constitution of an independent electoral commission

Vladimir Putin inaugurated for a forth term following 70% win in Russian elections

Vladimir Putin was sworn in for another six years as Russian president on Monday, buoyed by popular support but weighed down too by a costly confrontation with the West, a fragile economy and uncertainty about what happens when his term ends.

Standing in the ornately-decorated Andreyevsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, with his hand on a gold-embossed copy of the constitution, Putin swore to serve the Russian people, to safeguard rights and freedoms, and protect Russian sovereignty

Putin’s inauguration for a fourth term as Russian president came two months after more than 70 percent of voters backed him in an election in which he had no serious challengers.

His most dangerous opponent, Alexei Navalny, was barred from running and on Saturday Navalny and hundreds of his supporters were detained by police while protesting over Putin’s new term under the slogan: “Putin is not our tsar.”

 In a speech after the swearing-in ceremony, Putin said that in the next six years Russia would prove a strong, muscular player on the world stage, backed by a powerful military, while pushing hard to improve life for its citizens at home.

“Taking up this post, I feel a colossal sense of responsibility,” Putin told his audience of Russian officials and foreign dignitaries, among them former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.





Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi named Fufa deputy chairperson

The State Minister for Youth and Children, Florence Kiyingi Nakiwala has today been elected 3rd Vice President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa).

Nakiwala who is also the chairperson of Premier League side Express FC was voted during the Fufa General Assembly that took place at the Kabalega Resort Hotel in Masindi district on Saturday.

She beat Kirinya Jinja SS chairperson Diana Nyago in the elections as candidates for the Azam Uganda Premier League clubs to the FUFA Assembly in June. Nakiwala therefore recorded the 50% of the votes at the Assembly to be declared third Vice President.

The General Assembly also returned Moses Hassim Magogo for another four years (2017-2021) as the President.

Magogo, also a co-opted executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and member of the FIFA ethics committee was un-opposed for the position of presidency and was declared President during the General Assembly that took place at the Kabalega Resort Hotel in Masindi district on Saturday.

“I am happy that I will have another four years to develop football in Uganda further. I thank you all for the support,” said the 41-year Magogo who added that he does not know how he will be a President of a State Minister. Officially the new term will start after August 31st when this first term comes to an end.

The Fufa electoral committee chairman, Sam Bakika thanked all the delegates for observing order during the elections.

Former Tanzania FA president, Leodegar Tenga who represented FIFA and the Djibouti FA president who is also an executive member of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and member of the FIFA competitions committee, Hassan Souleiman Waberi also attended the Assembly as observers.

Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye were retained as first and second vice presidents respectively. The executive committee members include: Mukiidi Kalyebala (North), Issa Magoola (Eastern), Hajji Abdul Lukooya (Buganda),  Rogers Byamukama (Kitara Region), Rasoul Ariga (West Nile), Kirizesitom Kalibala (Western Region), Richard Ochom (North East Region), Hamid Juma (Kampala Region) and Agnes Mugena (North East Region).




Missing Kenyan IEBC IT manager found dead close to elections

Chris Msando, an ICT manager with the IEBC, had gone missing on Friday.

Kenyan newspaper The Star reports that Mr Msando’s body was found with one arm missing.
Tension is high as the presidential election is expected to be a close race between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and long-time opponent Raila Odinga.
Police said on Monday that his body and that of an unidentified woman had been found in the Kikuyu area on the outskirts of Nairobi and taken to the city mortuary.

The BBC’s Alastair Leithead in Nairobi reports that Mr Msando had been making regular appearances on Kenyan media to reassure the public that the electronic voting system he had helped develop could not be hacked nor count duplicate votes.
During the last election, the electronic system failed and there were accusations the result had been rigged.

Our correspondent adds that there are fears there could be violent clashes between rival supporters if the election result does not go their way.
However, few expect the type of violence which killed more than 1,200 people in ethnic, post-election violence 10 years ago.
Following the clashes the International Criminal Court charged President Kenyatta and his deputy with instigating violence, but the charges have since been dropped.



Government fails to specify date for LC I and II elections

Government has remained tight-lipped on when lower council elections will be held.

More than 15 years since the last Local Council One and Two elections were held, government says the elections will be held again in January 2017 but with no specific date.

The matter was brought up after Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, General Kahinda Otafiire failed to show up during Parliament’s plenary session this afternoon, to give a status report on the elections.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga tasked government to explain why it has been silent on updates on the polls, stating that lower councils need leadership urgently.

First Deputy Prime Minister, General Moses Ali, told the House that Otafiire was not available but would present a statement on Wednesday.

Key among the issues debated are amendments to the Local Government Act, to change the methodology of lining up to vote, display of voters’ registers and voter verification exercise, among others.
MPs Raphael Magyezi and Wilfred Niwagaba say the minister should table the amendments before the House goes on recess later this month.

Shadow Minister of Local Government, Roland Mugume says the minister should state the actual date when the elections will be held to enable voters prepare as well.
The Electoral Commission has budgeted for at least 37.5 billion shillings to conduct the LC 1 and LC 2 elections, as well as the women committees and council elections. About 27.6 billion shillings will be for the LC elections while 9.8 billion shillings is for the women council elections.

State Minister for Local Government, Jennifer Namuyangu assured the MPs that the funds have now been secured and elections will be held in January as earlier planned.

Otafiire is expected to present a statement on the matter tomorrow.



Gambian president of 22 years concedes to Adama Barrow

The Gambia’s president of 22 years Yahya Jammeh will be replaced by a property developer, Adama Barrow, after losing the general election.

Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, has agreed to accept defeat, said electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie.

Before announcing the final result, Mr Njie appealed for calm as the country entered unchartered waters.

The Gambia has not had a smooth power transfer since independence in 1965.

Mr Njie said that Mr Barrow had won Thursday’s election by more than 50,000 votes. He runs a property company which he founded in 2006.

A devout Muslim, Mr Jammeh, 51, once said he would rule for “one billion years” if “Allah willed it”.

“It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” Mr Njie told reporters.

Mr Jammeh’s defeat has been greeted with astonishment in The Gambia, where most people expected him to win. He has served four terms as president but now this unpredictable and ruthless man is to be replaced by a property developer.

Mr Jammeh’s 22 years in power have brought repression and intolerance to this tiny seaside nation, popular for cheap holidays in the sun.

He has been tough on journalists, the opposition and gay people. He also said he could cure Aids and infertility.

During the campaign, the country’s mostly young population seemed to be yearning for change, said the BBC’s Umaru Fofana in the capital, Banjul.

The economic challenges the country faces have forced many to make the perilous journey to Europe, with some drowning on the way, he said.

Human rights groups have accused Mr Jammeh, who has in the past claimed he can cure Aids and infertility, of repression and abuses.

Several previous opposition leaders are in jail after taking part in a rare protest in April.

Observers from the European Union (EU) and the West African regional bloc Ecowas did not attend the vote.