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50,000 More Police Constables Recruited Ahead of 2021 General Elections

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As the activities to prepare for the 2021 general elections gather momentum, Uganda Police Force has announced recruitment for 50,000 Special Police Constables -SPCs to guard the polling centres.

The Force Spokesperson,  COmmissioner of Police Fred Enanga, said the exercise is going to be spearheaded by Regional Police Commander -RPCs.

Enanga explained that all the recruits will have to present National ID, Senior Four certificate or it’s equivalent, and must be known to being of good conduct in their respective areas of residence.

Police says the SPCs who will be trained for three months will be deployed a month towards the elections period.

Commissioner Enanga stipulated that SPCs will be recruited depending on the number of polling centres in each district.

The electoral commission has already completed the nomination exercises for local government and for Member of Parliament seats.

Presidential candidates will be nominated on November 2 to 3rd of the same month.

Each polling station will have an SPC deployed purposely to guard voting material, polling officers and guide voters while casting votes.

Police has close to 47,000 personnel but the SPCs numbers will boost the force numbers to more than 100,000.  There’s already an ongoing exercise of recruiting 5,000 Probation Police Constable- PPCs. These are part of the 10,000 recruitment plan of 10,000 Constables to replace those that deserted, retired or got incapacitated by various illnesses.

Enanga said the SPCs will serve before, during and after the general election exercise. They’ll be earning 370,000 shillings per month until their role that will end towards May of 2021.

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2021 Polls: FDC Unveils 284-Member Presidential Campaign Team

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has today unveiled a 284-member team that will canvass votes for its candidates at Parliamentary, Local Government and Presidential tiers in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

This development was announced by the designate National Director of Field Coordinators Roland Kaginda Mugume while addressing a presser at the Party’s Najjanankumbi Headquarters.

A sneak peek at the catalogue shows that it will be headed by Amuriat’s lone rival in the just concluded FDC Presidential flag bearer polls Wasswa Birigwa, who will be deputized by Obongi County legislator, Hassan Kaps Fungaroo.

On the other hand, Wyclif Bakandonda shall head the campaign bureau while Wafula Oguttu, Salaamu Musumba, Cecilia Barbra Atim Ogwal have been designated as Executive Director of the Campaign Bureau, Chief Campaign advisor and Presidential Advisory Council respectively.

In the same vein, veteran Rukiga Member of Parliament (MP) Jack Sabiiti has been chosen to head the sensitive docket to deal with finance and logistics while Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago will head the Legal services department.

Furthermore, Kampala Woman MP contender Stella Nyanzi shall lead the directorate of research, policy and strategy while Prince Dickson Wasajja is in charge of the Diaspora wing with Ibrahim Semujju Nganda in charge of Publicity.

Speaking on Monday October 19, 2020, Wasswa Birigwa, the overall head of this team expressed optimism that this time round, FDC is well prepared to scoop the Presidency as long as the process is transparent.

“We are going to call this campaign ‘Born fire’ campaign taking our villager back home. We want to make this a different campaign; we are going to be staying in villages,” Birigwa intimated.

“And we are going to look for votes everywhere. Hopefully, this time around, the cows of Ntungamo and Kazo are not going to vote, we hope real people will vote and they will be given the opportunity to vote,”  he stated further.

On his part, FDC Presidential Flag bearer Patrick Amuriat Oboi disclosed that members of the above mentioned team have not just fallen in place but have been prepared over the years to undertake such herculean tasks.

“Therefore, the team being unveiled to Ugandans today is the team that is going to go into the campaigns knowing that they are going to face a dictator and therefore we go into the campaigns in a war formation,” Amuriat pointed out.

He added that this team will be supplemented by FDC District Chairpersons and other party cadres at village level.

From left: FDC’s Wasswa Birgwa, Roland Kaginda Mugume and Geodfrey Ekanya leaving today’s presser.

“In every village around this country, we are going to have a membership of 30 people in a formation of Power Ten which we will be explaining later to carryout house to house campaign. Therefore, the team which we unveiled today, knowing that we have about 67,000 villages across the country, is 2.5 million strong,” Amuriat retorted.

Concluding, he vowed to fight fire with fire in case the Government tries to flimflam their votes or provoke them into a fight.

“We expect Mr. Museveni and NRM in particular to play a good game. That where there is sliding or rough play, we are going to play a rough game and this rough game is going to be played by these 2.5 million campaigners,” Amuriat warned.

Fast forward, Amuriat is expected to embark on a countrywide pre-nomination trail this Thursday starting with Kalangala. Thereafter, they will proceed to Masaka on 23rd October and visit Kayunga the next day before proceeding to other areas.



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Namwenda Catholic Church blesses Salaamu Musumba in the Kamuli race

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The Kamuli District Woman Member of parliament race is gaining momentum as candidates strategize on winning the polls next year.

The race has attracted three candidates, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga of National Resistance Movement, Prescovia salaamu Musumba of Forum for Democratic Change and Bridget Babirye an Independent candidate.

However, the race is narrowed down on Kadaga and Musumba as the two are the main contenders. Kadaga has represented Kamuli since 1989 on affirmative action but the coming in of Ms Musumba who isn’t new to Kamuli politics isn’t good news for Kadaga as both are veterans of the area politics.

Yesterday , the Namwenda Catholic Church welcomed one of their own, Salaamu Musumba aka the Iron Lady of Kamuli as she is popularly known to receive blessings from the priest Fr. Anthony Mwase ahead of her political journey. “She was received by the already jovial congregation that was waiting to see their redeemer”.

In a chatting mode, they welcomed her to Church and the priest prayed for her to successfully win these campaigns. Fr. Mwase proceeded and prayed for one of the new vehicles out of the 10 brand new Toyota Hilux that have been added on the already existing vehicles to move around the district and converse for the votes.

The excited congratulation also requested Musumba to avail them with scarfs. Being to religious, she had moved with them and whoever attended the service, walked away with one. The Catholics of Namwendwa Parish all agreed and vowed to support and rally behind her and make her go to parliament come 2021.

Two weeks ago, Ms kadaga also visited the Anglican Church in Kamuli and donated a vehicle and 100 pigs.


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