Kadaga expresses interest in CEC position for the third time

By Alice Lubwama

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has expressed interest to contest for the position of the 2nd national vice chairperson Female of the central executive committee of NRM, for the 3rd time.

Speaking to the media after picking the nominations forms from the NRM electoral commission, Kadaga said that although she is still interested in the post of the speaker in parliament but her being in CEC is very critical to influence policies because this is where the major decisions of the party are made.

Others who picked the nomination forms include the deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanya who expressed interest for the position of the vice chairperson Northern region, Hajji Abdul Naduuli who expressed interest to contest again for the position of the vice chairperson of the central region in CEC.

The executive director of Uganda Media Centre Shaban Bantaliza has also picked nomination forms to contest for the position of the vice chairperson of western region.

Others include Dr Samuel Odongo who also wants to contest for the vice chairperson of Northern Region CEC.

The process of picking nominations forms for the aspiring candidates of the top positions of the party will end tomorrow.

JEEMA launches weighing scale as party symbol

By Sania Babirye

The Justice Forum Political Party has launched the Weighing scale as its new symbol that will appear on the ballot paper in the forth coming 2021 general elections.

While launching the scale, the Party Secretary General and also Bukomansimbi LCV Chairperson Muhammad Katerrega has asked aspirants to popularized the symbol.

He has also advised members to stop adding many political symbols and colors to avoid confusion on the ballot papers during campaigning and voting.

JEEMA says the scale symbolizes Justice, a core Pillar of JEEMA which they pride in and promote and must be the bedrock of leadership in Uganda.

Shifrah Lukwago joins race for Kawempe North Parliamentary seat

By Sania Babirye

The race for Kawempe North parliamentary seat continues to get momentum with another politician seeking to contest for the seat on people power ticket.

The latest is former Kampala city speaker Hajjati Shifrah Lukwago joining the race.

Other aspirants who have already returned their forms at people power movement headquarters in Kamyokya include incumbent Latif Ssebagala, DPs and also former Kampala deputy lord mayor Erias Lukwago and KCCA lord Councillor Muhammad Segerinya.

However,People power announced that they will not be going through primaries but selection will be through consensus.

People power further revealed that if this consensus failed then they have no option but to have everybody contest.

Tadwong warns NRM candidates against violence

By Deo Wasswa

The National Resistance movement deputy Secretary general, Richard Tadwong has warned all candidates who wish to compete for different positions in the forth coming party primaries to desist from causing violence.

While handing over the NRM National membership register to the NRM electoral commission deputy chairperson Sam Kijagi, Tadwong noted that the party will not tolerate violent candidates adding that they will be disqualified.

He has also cautioned the NRM party staff also to desist from involving in any activity that may endanger candidates.

The National Resistance movement register has 11.9 million voters out of 17.2 million voters in the country.

Tadwong noted that with the register this marks the beginning of serious activities of the party a head of internal election.

It’s allegedly that the NRM party had lost its register since 2016 when Amama Mbazi left the party, however Tadwong noted that this is false information , the party has been having the register.

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Karuhanga and Mwiru join Muntu’s ANT

By Robert Segawa

Jinja East Member of Parliament Paul Mwiru on ticket of Forum for Democratic Change and Gerald Karuhanga an independent legislator for Ntungamo municipality have today announced that they are joining the new political party Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).

The two legislators were officially unveiled today during a news conference at party’s office in Kampala.

In his remarks Gerald Karuhanga said that his dream was to be part of winning team (ANT) because its formation and structure constitute of very critical values that cater for Ugandan’s needs.

While Paul Mwiru thanked ANT members for accepting to receive him.

Alice Alaso the acting coordinator for ANT welcomed the two legislators and said there is much to do including mobilization to ensure the party delivers the changes in governance.

FDC rejects scientific elections

By Sania Babirye

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change has rejected what it has described as digital elections because they allegedly compromise the quality of the outcome.

FDC says holding a normal election on the dates stipulated in the Constitution (January-February 2020) as announced by the Electoral Commission is a big risk. However, FDC also notes that if the country chooses to do so, then, the said elections must be transparent as commanded by the Constitution.

Addressing the media during their weekly press briefing, party spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda said that the Constitution provides for only normal elections where candidates freely interact with the electorate and any attempt to modify these elections will be unlawful.

He says as a party, they made it clear to the Electoral Commission that extension of the term of the President and Parliament as is being suggested in some quarters cannot happen because it is not supported by the Constitution.

According to Ssemujju, the People’s Government and the FDC are in final phases of producing a position paper that calls for a transitional arrangement of when the term of office for the president, Parliament and local governments should come to an end.

He says they will circulate this document to all political players, civil society and to religious leaders to facilitate a national dialogue and consensus.

“We think the country should allow the term of office for the current administration to expire. When it does so, an interim council should run the government and organize elections when the pandemic is over. The nature of the council and its members should be agreed upon by all political players in the country.” Semujju said.

Ssemujju says this will resolve the current impasse and that Parliament can make the necessary changes to the Constitution and electoral laws to accommodate this situation.

Tumukunde demands revision of EC 2021 election road map

Former security minister Lt Gen. Henry Tumukunde who at the beginning of this year declared his interest to contest for the presidency, has called for a postponement of the 2021 general election.

Speaking to journalists at his home in Kololo, Tumukunde said it’s impractical to have ‘meaningful’ elections in the country where people can choose their leaders in a free and fair manner, going by the revised roadmap of the electoral commission.

Last week, the Electoral Commission chairman, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said they were pushing ahead with the elections amidst the Coronavirus pandemic scare in order to comply with the dictates of the constitution. Under article 61 [2] of the constitution, the Electoral Commission is mandated to organize an election in the first 30 days of the last 122 days to the expiry of the term of office of the president, parliament or local government.

However, Byabakama said despite pushing ahead with the elections, it doesn’t mean that they are oblivious of the danger posed by the Coronavirus. To reduce on the risk, he said, they were banning all open-air campaigns in favour of digital campaigning where candidates use the media.

But to Tumukunde, this is a nonstarter especially when one considers the ownership of media in Uganda.

He called on the Electoral Commission to continue engaging all stakeholders in order to agree on a compromise position. He said elections in the past have caused a war in Uganda which resulted into the NRM taking over power in 1986, therefore, they shouldn’t be played with.

However speaking on Tuesday to political party leaders under their umbrella organization National Consultative Forum, Byabakama said they have no powers to amend the law to extend the election or declare a state of emergency which would enable the extension of the election. “Extending an election is a work of another agency; if it tells us to stop, we will stop,” said Byabakama.

Asked what he would do were the Electoral Commission refuses to adhere to his proposals, Tumukunde said he’s consulting with other opposition political players to come up with a common ground. He added that if they are unsuccessful in stopping the Electoral Commission from organizing next years’ elections and there is no united front against it, then he will have no doubt but to be part of it.

“We shall do everything possible to stop a negative election or a wrongly done election from taking place and once we discuss and agree on a position, I will be with them. I don’t have to be escorting them but I’m dependable and you can count on me. If their position doesn’t favour my deep thinking on the matter, I will choose the course of the group that I’m leading,” said Tumukunde.
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UPC launches internal elections road map

By Daudi Zirimala

The Uganda People’s Congress ( UPC) has released the internal road map and guidelines for party members interested in various political positions and the delegates.

According to the party Secretary General Fred Ebil, those interested in the positions of the party presidency, Members of Parliament, LC5 and city mayors are supposed to pick their nomination forms from the party headquarters.

He says the Uganda People’s Congress cabinet has also approved dates for Delegates conference slated to take place on 1st August to select party flag bearers on different positions.

He however noted that all the party activities will be conducted under guidance released by the independent electoral commission of Uganda and ministry of health.

Tumukunde’s case pushed to August

By Sania Babirye

City hall court has adjourned further mention of the case in which 2021 Presidential hopeful LT.Gen. Henry Tumukunde is charged with treason and four counts of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition to August this year.

Lt.Gen.Tumukunde who was granted bail on the 11 of May after spending almost three months in Luzira prison appeared before city hall grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise .

State has informed court that investigations into both cases are still ongoing asking for more time to be completed

On 18 of March 2020, Tumukunde was remanded to Luzira prison after he pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

On the treason charge, Prosecution states that on the 5th of March 2020 while appearing on a morning show at one of the local Tv stations in Kamwokya, the Rt. Lt Gen made utterances which were calculated to instigated the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause a unlawful change of government

On the unlawful possession fire arms and ammunition, its states that on the 13th of March 2020 at his office Impala Avenue in Kololo,was found in possession of 2 guns; an Ak47 and a pistol . Prosecution further states that he is charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition’s without a valid firearm license

Tumukunde however told court on the charges of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, he was in lawful possession of the said gun since it was given to him with the said ammunition as a retired Gen .

Treason, is a capital case bailable and triable only by the High court .

Kabuleta files case against scientific election

By Deo Wasswa

A group of concerned citizens led by Joseph Kabuleta and Dan Walyemera has filed a case in High court seeking to cancel the scientific election road map that the Uganda electoral commission announced earlier this week.

According to them, the whole process is violating both candidates and electorates’ rights as well as Uganda’s constitution.

Speaking to the media after log in the case, Joseph Kabuleta noted that later on they will seek to have an interim order to stop the whole process until there proper consultative meetings involving all stakeholders in election and they come up with a road map which is acceptable by everybody.

They say the announced roadmap as it is only favors the incumbent making the whole process rigid