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PWDs Want Their Legislative Slots Elevated to 8

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People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Uganda have beseeched Government to increase the number of their representatives in Parliament.

This call followed a consultative meeting on July 21 and July 24 2020 to address issues concerning participation of PWDs in politics.

As per section 8 (2) D) of the Parliamentary Elections Act of 2005, PWDs are represented by five Members of Parliament (MPs) out of which one is female.

However, speaking on Wednesday, Dennis Ouma the Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) Secretary for PWDs said the number of PWDs legislators is disproportionate quoting the Uganda National Demographic and Household Survey of 2016.

“Uganda has approximately six million PWDS represented by only five MPs. This means that every MP represents at least 1,200,000 people which is way above the quota of 100,000 people per MP as envisaged in the Constitution,” Ouma said.

For purposes of effective representation, Ouma urged concerned authorities to add them at least three more slots in Parliament.

“We wish to call for increased representation of the PWDs in Parliament from the current five to eight with each region (North, East, Central and West).” he urged.

This is not the first time Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are expressing dissatisfaction when it comes to political representation.

Early this month, Parliament approved the creation of five slots for elderly people, something which did not augur well the youths and workers.

Addressing the press in Fort Portal on July 11 2020, Worker’s MP Arinaitwe Rwakajaara described this as lopesided and unfair.

“We are now like seven or ten million workers across the country. But they are not increasing our seats to at least ten but they are giving these seats to others,” Rwakajaara pointed out.

Despite the counter arguments and criticism, Maxensia Takirambule the Democratic Party (DP) PWD leader says their demands are inexorable.

“We are saying we are a feasible population of more than six million and represented in the whole country by 5 Members of Parliament (MPs) that is unjust to us.

Besides that, these leaders also want the Government to set aside a special Covid-19 fund to cater for PWDs whom they say have been hit hard by the prevailing economic condition.

“Alternatively, a separate food basket should be established to support the PWDs in these hard times. An economic stimulus package for PWDs in Uganda is highly recommended to combat the effects of Covid-19,” the statement reads.

The Press conference was attended by Edward Kyebambe of Justice Forum (JEEMA), Gabriel Kato of National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Christopher Lwanga of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) among many others



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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:

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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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