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Amuriat or Bigirwa: FDC to Hold Live Presidential Debate

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In an unprecedented move, Uganda’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has disclosed plans to hold a live debate between its two leaders vying for the Presidential Flag Bearer position.

This development was announced by the Party’s Spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda at a media briefing on Monday August 30, 2020.

“We intend to hold a presidential debate next month when the campaigns are concluded. We will inform you of the date in due course. That debate will take place here at the FDC headquarters,” Semujju intimated.

If this comes to pass, it will be the second time FDC’s presidential flag bearer candidates are publicly competing to hold the party flag in general elections.

The first engagement of this kind occurred on November 19, 2017 between four contestants who included the incumbent Patrick Amuriat Oboi and the then FDC President Gen. Mugisha Muntu.

The hot headed discourse that was held at Sharing Hall in Nsambya also attracted the likes of Dan Matsiko and Moses Byamugisha, who is now planning to vie for the Country’s top position on an independent ticket.

Contrary to the past, this time round, the duel has attracted two candidates; Party Leader Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Amb. Wasswa Birigwa, the National Chairman.

Apparently, Semujju says that as a Party, they are yet to agree on a campaign format the two candidates shall use.

“The leadership will convene on Wednesday this week to among others things agree on the format that the campaigns will take. The decision to be taken is whether candidates should jointly address these meetings or one should address one session and leave,” he intimated.

Once that is sorted, the two leaders are expected to sell their candidature at a series of sub regional meetings scheduled to commence on Monday September 7, 2020.

“We will start with East Buganda and here we are talking about districts of Mukono, Buikwe, Buvuma and Kayunga. The two candidates; Hon. Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Amb. Wasswa Birigwa will each be given an opportunity to address these meetings,” a communiqué states.

Thereafter, they will proceed to other districts that make up West, South and Central Buganda before exiting to Eastern Uganda.

All said and done, candidates have been advised to stick to their manifestoes and avoid black mailing each other.

However, given the Covid-19 pandemic situation, Semujju says FDC is deliberating on the best way it can hold its National Delegates Conference.

“Modalities are still being worked out as to which format the delegate’s conference will take,” he disclosed.

“The secretariat has proposed that we can convene these delegates at sub regional level from where they will be taking votes. This proposal will be discussed by management on Wednesday (September 2),” he concluded.

 



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21 workers trapped in flooded mine in China’s Xinjiang | China News

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CCTV says rescuers have located 12 of the 21 trapped miners.

Eight miners have been rescued and 21 remain trapped in a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang region after flooding cut power underground and disrupted communications, according to state media.

The accident happened in Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County on Saturday evening, when staff were upgrading the site, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Rescuers had located 12 of the 21 trapped miners, broadcaster CCTV said, but it was unclear if they were all together.

Rescue personnel were trying to pump water from the flooded shaft and have been piping air into the mine.

Pipes were being laid but the pumping operation was going to be challenging, CCTV said.

Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and enforcement of regulations is often lax.

In January, 22 workers were trapped in a mine in east China’s Shandong province after an explosion damaged the entrance, leaving workers stuck underground for about two weeks.

Eleven men were pulled out alive, 10 died and one miner remained unaccounted for.

In December, 23 miners died after being trapped underground in the southwest city of Chongqing – just months after 16 others died from carbon monoxide poisoning at another coal mine in the city.



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African Champions League: CR Belouizdad join Sundowns in quarter-finals

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Amir Sayoud in action for Algerian club CR Belouizdad
Amir Sayoud opened the scoring for Algerian club CR Belouizdad as they beat South African hosts Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0.

Algerian champions CR Belouizdad earned the win they needed over hosts Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa to clinch a place in the African Champions League quarter-finals.

Amir Sayoud took his tally in the competition to seven when he gave Belouizdad the lead over Sundowns in Pretoria on 29 minutes.

That advantage was doubled just before half-time as Ahmed Gasmi headed home a cross from Zinelaabidine Boulakhoua.

It was a measure of revenge for the Algerians who were embarrassed by Sundowns on home soil in the reverse fixture when the South Africans won 5-1 in February.

In Friday’s other Group B game DR Congo’s TP Mazembe, who were already out of contention to make the last eight came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win over Sudan’s Al Hilal.

The Sudanese club had needed a win to have any chance at all of progressing.

Al Hilal made the ideal start in their bid to win against former African champions Mazembe – Eid Mugadam gave them the lead after just two minutes in Lumbumbashi – but 16 minutes later Hilal contributed to their own downfall as Ivorian defender Mohamed Ouattara scored an own goal to level the game at 1-1.

Mazembe won the game thanks to a goal from Isaac Tshibangu, who scored just moments after he came on as substitute.

The draw for the quarter and semi-finals will be held on 30 April at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters in Cairo.

Friday’s Group B results:

  • TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 2-1 Al Hilal (Sudan)
  • Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) 0-2 CR Belouizdad (Algeria)



Source – www.bbc.co.uk

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Ghana's farmers eye sweet success from chocolate

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Ghana is the world’s second largest cocoa producer but sees little of the profits from chocolate – for now.



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