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I Will Vote for Museveni Until 2040 – Mayinja

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A few hours after musician Ronald Mayinja released a campaign song praising President Museveni for the good things he has done for the nation a move that has since earned him attacks from various individuals on social media, he has come out to give reasons behind the pro-Museveni gesture.

He pointed out that Museveni has done a lot of good things for Uganda and this is the reason why he has decided to vote for him in the coming elections until 2040 in case he stands again.

“He is the only man who can lead Uganda to prosperity and transform the lives of the citizens, not these hooligans and ‘ganja people’ who have no knowledge about leadership. NUP just makes noise and kills innocent people. They are actually more dangerous than Museveni,” Mayinja said.

Mayinja added that such people don’t deserve any leadership position in Uganda because they are so confused that they can’t manage the affairs of this country.

“They are very harsh and intolerant. Don’t vote for them. We need our country under good people. Museveni is the answer to Uganda’s problems,” he added.

Mayinja’s decision has met mixed reactions from Ugandan politicians and individuals with some saying it’s his right to decide which side to support while others argue that he has a right to perform for whoever pays him since he is a musician.

Similarly, a section of other Ugandans are accusing Mayinja of “betraying the struggle.”

 



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EC Boss: Local Firms Will not Print the Ballot Papers

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The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama has insisted that local firms from Uganda do not have the capacity of printing the ballot papers for the 2021 polls despite their claims to handle the project.

Byabakama told journalists at the EC headquarters on Thursday October 29, 2020, that the Commission is in fresh discussions with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) to allow them give tender to foreign countries to print the ballots papers in time and in the “most convenient and unsuspicious manner.”

It should be noted that between November 2 and 3 next week, the Electoral Commission will conduct the final nominations of presidential candidates to add on the list of the Members of Parliament, Mayors, District Chairpersons and Councilors who were cleared this month.

As such, Byabakama said, the printing of the ballot papers must be done fast as the election period draws closer.

Six local printing companies; Picfare industries Ltd, Graphic system Ltd, Inline Printing Services, Multiplex Ltd, Wave Media, New Vision Printing Services and Hi Tech Graphics Ltd dragged the Commission to PPDA after it neglected their bids for ballot printing valued at Shs 41bn.

The EC awarded the contract to foreign companies of; Tall Security printers (UK), Uni print (South Africa), United printing and publishing (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Adare Sec Ltd (UK) and Al Ghurair printing and Publishing Company (Dubai), at a total sum of Shs 81bn.

PPDA on Wednesday this week ruled out that it was bad for the Commission to sideline local companies yet the government is promoting the Buy Uganda Build Uganda policy (BUBU).

“It is not a mere sentimental under taking but a question of capacity and in our assessment, our technical team assessed that there is technical incompetence in some of our local printers in the area given the high numbers, value and the time element. Remember we are approaching the timeline which has been restricted by COVID-19 and that is why we said let the printing be handed over to the foreign entities not Because we are not supporting government programs but because we are handling a delicate item,” Byabakama said.

“The Commission cannot afford to have any delay in printing of ballot papers. Remember, any delay pushes the Commission in a situation of non-compliance with Article 61(2), where elections must be held within a specified time frame and that is why the Commission chose to sideline the local firms but PPDA ruled otherwise.  We are in further discussions to make sure that this is sorted, we cannot afford to delay anymore,” he added.

Byabakama noted that although local firms got the favor of PPDA, awarding them contracts to print the ballots is next to impossible.

A section of opposition leaders have since clashed over this issue with some supporting local firms to print while others say it will promote vote rigging.

Maj. Gen Mugisha Gregory Muntu, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for National Transformation party expressed concerns that once ballot papers are printed from here, votes will be rigged right from the printing venues, while Muhammad Nsereko, the incumbent Kampala Central legislator said that whoever does not support local firms to print ballots is an enemy of Uganda’s development.

 

 



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2021 POLLS: Kisoro Leaders Speak Out on NRM Support 

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President Yoweri Museveni scored a comfortable 88.7% votes in Kisoro district in the 2016 presidential election, highly above the national percentage of 60.75%. All the Members of Parliament in Kisoro are also from the ruling National Resistance Movement party, the Chairperson LCV and district councillors except one independent.

The last general election happened at the peak of the helm of former Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, who was removed on March 4th 2018 and later arrested and charged in the army court. Kayihura comes from Kisoro and was considered a political power in the district.

ChimpReports spoke to prominent leaders from Kisoro including: Dr. Philemon Mateke, the Foreign Affairs state minister in charge of Regional Cooperation; Abel Bizimana, the district Chairman LCV; Hon Tress Buchanayanda, the former Minister of Agriculture and Mr. Ramathan Ndikuyeze who is the district NRM party vice chairperson.

The leaders believe Museveni’s popularity remains high in Kisoro and still going to get a good percentage in the 2021 elections.

They relatively gave homogeneous views on the three main topics: improvement of road infrastructure in Uganda, access to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and sharing of the national cake, which they think are the main desires of the people Kisoro.

Interestingly, Kisoro leaders said they are the ones who appealed to the President and Works Minister, Gen. Katumba Wamala for Uganda to construct roads in DRC to ease cross border business.

Mateke said the Kisoro- Kabale road remains a huge tangible achievement credited to Museveni and the people are still going to give the latter their votes.

“The President is in a comfortable lead compared to any other contender. On the account of Kisoro-Kabale road alone is our big pride,” said Dr. Mateke.

He noted that there are concerns on yet to be fulfilled promises and the employment of Bafumbira in government but also appealed for patience saying NRM and Museveni in particular doesn’t forget his covenants.

“We have benefited as always translated in the overwhelming support but also satisfying human needs is never conclusive. People are talking over appointments and projects promised by the President and I believe he is going to fulfill,” he added.

Last month the Bafumbira group held a press conference in Kisoro town demanding for the consideration of the appointment of Mr. Robert Mukiza as the Uganda Investment Authority Director. Mukiza passed the interviews and was approved by the UIA but the appointment powers is in the hands of Minister of Finance.

Buchanayandi said the approval and the commitment of funds to construct roads in the DRC is a good gesture needed to be backed by the rehabilitation of road networks in the border districts.

“We need to connect with DRC and it is through roads for trade. We equally need the road networks here to connect us to DRC,” he said.

Adding: “The President has good support here and it needs to be consolidated.”

Abel Bizimana, the incumbent Chairman LC5 and also the official NRM LC5 flag bearer for Kisoro district said Museveni’s 88.6% support in 2016 has remained intact.  He however decried internal intrigue saying some people portray themselves as more NRM than others.

“The support for President remains big but some people in the district want to be more NRM than others. I was for one fought in the last elections by the RDC,” said Bizimana.

He noted that there are grievances since Kayihura was sacked, their access to the President has been limited.

“We no longer access State House like it has been. As I speak now, three of our children have been unfairly denied jobs in CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), Coffee and Uganda Investments Authority,” he said.

“John Kale Institute, a university that was promised by the President has been abandoned by the Ministry of Education officials because of the name Kale,” he said.

Ramathan Ndikuyeze, the NRM vice chairperson of Kisoro said the party still commands a significant support in the district. He called on the party leadership to reconcile and return home candidates aggrieved by the primary elections.

“NRM needs to reconcile cadres who disagreed with the results of the primaries,” he said.

Like the senior leaders, Ndikuyeze also noted that the issue of appointments should be settled for the Bafumbira to jubilate.

“When the Sabiny win medals in Olympics they return with gold and there will be jubilation in Kapchorwa. A Mafumbira won the interview for UIA job but we have not jubilated in Kisoro,” he said.

 



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