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Boda Bodas Stopped From Entering Kampala City Centre

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Several motorcyclists have been this morning been denied entry into the City center by security forces following i a resolution by Cabinet to restrict boda bodas from accessing the city center.

President Yoweri Museveni, in his 19th and latest address on the Covid-19 situation in the country allowed Boda Bodas to resume carrying passengers and luggage starting on July 27, 2020 after almost four months of carrying only luggage.

Cabinet through the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of Security have now come up with a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that all riders nationwide will have to abide by.

“Specifically for Kampala Capital City, cabinet approved Boda Boda Free Zone where all Boda Bodas are prohibited from entering / accessing,” a statement on the KCCA website reads.

According to the KCCA website, “the Boda Boda Free Zone will run along the following boundaries; Wampewo Roundabout – Jinja Road to Kitgum House junction – Access Road – Mukwano Road to Clock Tower – Kafumbe Mukasa Road – Kisenyi Road – Mackay Road – Kyaggwe Road – Watoto Church-Bombo Road – Wandegeya – Hajji Muda Kasule Road – Mulago roundabout – Kamwokya junction – Sturrock Road – Prince Charles Drive – Lugogo Bypass – Jinja Road – Wampewo Roundabout.”

For a layman, a rider accessing Kampala City from Kamwokya will have to stop at the Mulago Roundabout, those accessing the city from Entebbe Rd will stop at Usafi market.

Those accessing the city from Kibuli will stop in the Industrial Area and those Ggaba will stop in Nsambya.

Riders from Bombo road will have to stop at Wandegeya as they will not be allowed to cross to Kamwokya.

Cabinet also resolved that going forward, all boda bodas in Kampala City, will have to operate at gazetted boda boda stages and each gazetted stage will have a unique reference code and this will be its name.

Boda boda operators will have to be registered at any of the gazetted stages and that will serve as their address to enable contact tracing in case of Covid-19 infection.



Source – ugmirror.com

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IPOD expresses fear of violence in 2021 general elections

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The Inter Party Organization for Dialogue-IPOD has raised fears of violence that may arise during the next year’s general elections.

In a brief statement from five Secretary generals of IPOD presented by Muhammad Katerega, the Secretary General of Justice Forum (JEEMA) party at their head offices in Ntinda Kampala, they all condemned violence that marred National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries and revealed that they are worried of 2021 general elections.

They include; Muhammad Katerega of JEEMA, Fred Ebil of Uganda People’s Congress-UPC, Gerald Sikiranda of Democratic Party-DP, NRMs Deputy Secretary General of NRM Richard Todwong, and Deputy  Secretary General of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Harold Kaija.

Last week, NRM primaries degenerated into violence in some parts of Uganda like Isingiro  and Ntungamo districts among others. Candidates and their supporters clashed with opponents leading to the shedding of blood with some people losing their lives.

They contend that if such violence can happen among members of one party, then how will it be in 2021 where the ruling party will be in contest with other strong candidates from opposition parties. Harold Kaija noted that if there is no action taken against those who violated, next general elections will be more dangerous and a battle of blood.

They further called upon the police and other security agencies to enforce electoral regulations in an impartial and professional manner, political parties, independent actors and general public to respect and uphold the role of law in processes leading to 2021 general elections.

Mr. Siranda called upon all the political parties to fight such violence to make sure they will not affect Ugandans in 2021 general elections.

Siranda further stressed  that he believed that as political parties, they can play a big role in stopping such violence.

For his part, Todwong said that as a party, they condemned the violence that marred their primaries and urged Ugandans to be careful and shun away from such in 2021 general elections.

Muhamad Katerega said that IPOD will in due course launch a nationwide campaign to sensitize the masses on participating in peaceful elections and shunning away from electoral violence.

Katerega who is also the chairperson Bukomasimbi district noted that many people disregarded the SOPs that were put in place by Ministry of Health to combat the spread of #Covid-19 during these NRM primaries which he said will affect everyone.



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NRM Primaries: Tanga Odoi Nullifies Butemba Results 

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The National Resistance Movement party electoral commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi has nullified the primary elections results for Butemba County in Kyankwanzi district.

The lately ‘no nonsense’ Tanga Odoi, who has canceled the results of several ministers and NRA historical, made the pronouncement on Butemba County on Monday afternoon. Michael Katungi had been declared the winner.

“The NRM primary election result for Butemba has been suspended,” said Tanga.

Five contestants in the race had disagreed with the Katungi Victory and petitioned Tanga Odoi demanding for the nullification of results.

The contestants including incumbent Innocent Pentagon Kamusiime, former MP Samuel Ssemugaba, Peter Babu Kabango, Patrick Nyanzi Bingi and Richard Ruhinda Nganwa said in their petition that Katungi was defeated but weirdly declared the winner under tight security.

The aggrieved contestants also demanded that all sub-county and district registrars be tasked to produce evidence indicating that Katungi won since the declaration forms clearly show the he lost.

“Despite general counting of votes which ended at each polling station at approximately 2 pm, the winner was declared the next day at 6 am under tight security. At that time, all candidates and their agents were chased away and Katungi Michael was declared winner with no number of votes attached to support his victory,” reads part of the petition.

Speaking to journalists at parliament last week about the petition, Pentagon Kamusiime said that there was intimidation of candidates and their agents at the tally centre. He noted that one of his agents was beaten in front of police and the army officers but nothing was done.

 



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