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Kabale Journalists Blocked from Covering NRM CEC Elections

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There was anger in Kabale district after journalists were blocked from covering elections of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Central Executive Committee (CEC).

The elections included the voting of the 1st national vice chairperson, 2nd national vice-chairperson (female) and the six regional vice-chairpersons for Karamoja, Northern Uganda, Eastern, Central and Western Region.

At around 8am journalists arrived at National Teachers College (NTC) Kabale main gate in Kabale municipality where the exercise was held; but were told they couldn’t enter.

Later at around 1pm, the reporters were allowed inside the premises but were barred from entering the main hall where voting was being held.

Police officers guarding the place said they are working on orders of their superiors not to allow local journalists from witnessing the voting.

Only Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) journalists from Kampala were allowed in from the start.

The reporters described the development as disappointing.

Uziah Tusasire, a journalist with TV West said he came to cover CEC election like he covered all the campaigns that happened in Kabale.

Tusasire noted that blocking journalists to cover such an election was denial of information to the public.

Job Namanya Apuuli, another reporter said police officers did not give any explanation behind the blocking.

He said such a big party as NRM should have led by example by showing transparency.

When contacted, Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner claimed that security could not allow journalists to cover the voting exercise due to Covid-19.

However, Ismail Masaba, the NRM Elections Zonal Team Leader for Kigezi region told our reporter that blocking journalists resulted from lack of coordination between the party and media houses.



Source – chimpreports.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

STATEMENT
Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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