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FDC Postpones Deadline for Nomination of Presidential Flag Bearers

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has postponed nominations for party presidential flag bearer to next week amid rumours that the party is buying ample time to allow Dr.Kizza Besigye express interest in the position.

According to the party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, picking nomination forms for Presidential flag bearers has been postponed until 3rd and 4th August. Ssemujju told journalists that the decision was taken by the National Executive Committee (NEC).

“The nominations were supposed to take place on Thursday and Friday but because Friday will be Eid.The National Executive Committee sat here last week decided to postpone it to week to allow our Muslim brothers and sisters to celebrate Eid that day,”Ssemujju said during a press briefing on Monday. 

Ssemujju also said that over 500  members have picked Parliamentary nomination forms so far.

“Parliamentary level 512 have picked nomination forms and they are being processed we shall tell you our coverage across the country,”he said. 

He however,expressed concern over delays by electoral commission to avail the voters’ registers to opposition political parties.

“We don’t know what the electoral commission is going to use these registers for if you can’t avail them for political institutions to select candidates,”he said. 

Ssemujju said that many candidates are not sure whether they are in the register therefore the only way a party can know that these people are eligible is when these registers are issued.

He also expressed concern over the departure of senior electoral commission officials noting these officials were trying play marting against president Museveni. 

“It is possible that they might have committed irregularities that’s very possible but the truth is that Mr Museveni wants them out because they were tempting to outsmart him,”Ssemujju said. 

Ssemujju said  the guidelines for campaigns shall be issued to the aspirants after nomination.

He noted member shall qualify for presidential flag bearer only when he or she qualifies for President under the national Constitution.

Ssemujju also warned that members to qualify for the position must be fully party card holders who have no pending obligations with the party secretariat.



Source – ugmirror.com

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Security Takes Over All Rooftops of Tall Buildings in Kampala

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Security forces will be taking over rooftops of all tall buildings in the Kampala Metropolitan Area including Archades, malls, apartments among others.

The move which was announced on Wednesday afternoon is aimed at strengthening security in the presidential elections slated for Thursday January 14, 2020.

An agreement between the Police and building owners was reached after a meeting between the two parties.

Police says that rooftops were used as command posts for riots that took place in November 2020 following the arrest of National Unity Platform – NUP Presidential candidate Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi.

This security measure is an addition to the many others which include heavy deployment of mambas, LDU and police officers across the country.

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City Pastors, Prophets Pledge Support to Museveni

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City Pastors from over 10 churches in and around Kampala have prayed with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe. They also pledged their support for him in the upcoming Presidential elections due this Thursday.

The Pastors who each commands a following of over 20,000 Christians were accompanied to the meeting by Mr. Balaam Barugahara an NRM supporter and promoter.

Among the Pastors that attended the meeting were; Pr. Wilson Bugembe, Brother Ronnie Makabai, Pr. Mondo Mugisha, Pr. Bugingo Aloysius, Prophet Elvis Mbonye, Pr. Judith Ssozi, Pr. Eunice Akoth, Pr. Osinde among others.

The men and women of God pledged their full support and that of their followers for the President and NRM party in the forthcoming general elections.

They prayed for peace during and after elections and put Uganda in the hands of God during this season.

President Museveni promised to support the organized groups in their churches who have formed SACCOs with an aim of starting up small business to improve their house hold incomes.

“We have given support to Catholic Church, like Bishop Odama’s project in Northern Uganda, so we shall support you too,” he said.

After the meeting, President Museveni and the Pastors prayed together for peace.

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Fear as Gunmen Ambush Minister Kasirivu, Bullets Fired at his Car

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State Minister for Vice Presidency Dr Baltazar Kasirivu-Atwookihas Wednesday morning survived an assassination after he was ambushed by gunmen a few kilometers from his home.

Kasirivu who was driving from a radio show at Emambya FM in Kakumiro town, Kakumiro District was attacked at Kakora Village, Nyalweyo Town Council in Kakumiro District and took fire from his attackers.

According to local publisher Daily Monitor who spoke to the minister, eight bullets pierced through his vehicle but he was able to survive and go unharmed together with his driver.

“They almost finished our lives. As we were approaching my home at a swampy place, unknown people who were armed with guns opened fire on us,” he reportedly said.

“As gunfire raged, I told the driver to speed off and that is how we escaped unhurt. I don’t know who was behind this attack but I have informed the police. It was a miracle for me to survive,” he said.

Dr. Kasirivu who is also the Bugangaizi Member of Parliament is still in the race seeking to extend his leadership for another term.

He said that he suspects the attack to be politically motivated ahead of Thursday elections.

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