Bobi Wine meets EC after failed attempts at peaceful consultative meetings

By Deo Wasswa

Leader of the People Power group Honorable Kyagulanyi, and other 2021 Presidential aspirants today met the Uganda electoral commission.

The meeting that was held under heavy police deployment lasted almost six hours.

It is upon this background that Hon. Kyagulanyi and his top members in People Power held a press conference at the their headquarters in Kamwokya . The leadership team at People Power shared the outcomes of the meeting;

According to People Power,some of the the key things agreed upon, was minimal interference of the Uganda police, they also asked Uganda police to stop deploying officers without uniform or name tags. They also asked that police maintains their role of keeping law and order and this should be done without sidelining with the ruling party.

In the meeting Bobi wine has also denied having led any processions as alleged by police operatives.

It was agreed in the meeting that People power goes ahead with consultative meetings too without situations similar to those witnessed in the past three failed meeting attempts.

Anti corruption coalition advises the president against donations

By Deo Wasswa

The executive director of Anti Corruption coalition Uganda, Cissy Kagaba says president Museveni should not deceive the country that he never used money in politics.

According to her, if president’s intentions are not to bribe the voters, he should avoid giving out money inform of donations to communities, churches and to the groups of women and youth amidst the time of campaigns.

While meeting NRM District chairpersons at state house Entebbe over the weekend, President Museveni warned the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leaders against what he described as unnecessary use of money in elective politics.

Mr Museveni, who is also the NRM national chairman said commercialization of politics, is not practical and sustainable, according to a statement released by Mr. Rogers Mulindwa, the NRM party spokesperson.
“I have never and I don’t support the use of money in politics,” president said

President and French ambassador discuss insecurity in Africa.

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the main cause of insecurity in Africa is the problem of interests versus identity.

The President made these observations during a meeting at State House Entebbe where he received the French Ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Stephanie Rivoal.

The French envoy had paid a courtesy call on the President to brief him on the upcoming France-Africa Summit that is slated to take place in West Africa later this month.

The French Ambassador to Uganda Stephanie Rivoal observed that sectarianism limits prosperity of a nation.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kuteesa, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Patrick Mugoya and Uganda’s Ambassador to France, Ms. Nimisha Madhvani, attended the meeting.

 

President calls for more investors

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni has called for more investors in the building and construction sector in the country so that Uganda can move forward in the establishment of complex structures that house hotels, shopping malls and office facilities with a view to improving the skyline of Kampala City.

The President was meeting the Vice President and former Chairman of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Subhash Thakrar and his delegation at State House, Entebbe.

The delegation expressed interest in erecting prestigious commercial structures collectively in Kampala and other areas covering 240 acres so that the land is profitably.

He informed the delegation that by virtue of Uganda being right on the Equator and on high altitude, this provides an environment for good conditions to have buildings with minimal requirement of air condition to reduce pollution.

Mr. Subhash Thakrar assured President Museveni that he will handle the project with transparence, use local labor and capability to reduce costs adding that the project will bring investment value to the country like in other countries worldwide.

State Minister for Lands, Hon. Namuganza Persis and the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, among others, attended the meeting.

 

Law enforcers still implementing idle and disorderliness law despite halt from president

By Deo Wasswa
A new study has shown that Idle and Disorderly laws are extensively being implemented in the country despite president Museveni’s order to law enforcers to stop arresting people for  the same.
According to a report released today by Human Rights Awareness and promotion forum,  after president Museveni order , the law enforcers introduced Rogue and vagabond law under section 168 of Uganda’s penal code Act which is uniform replacement of idle and disorderly. The president issued the order during the  recent presidential campaigns.
Between  2011 to 2015, charges under Idle and Disorderly related offenses were most rampant at Katwe police with 467 representing 49%, followed by central police station with 262, representing 27%, then Old Kampala with 217, representing 23%, followed by Kiira Police with 8, representing 0.84% and lastly Katwe police station with 4, representing 0.421% and all total arrests were  958.  Sekindi Ruth, Director Complaints, investigation and legal services at Uganda human rights commission  says  marginalized groups such and youth especially with no jobs and commercial sex workers are the most victims.