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FDC, EC Lock Horns over Delayed Political Party Funds

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As the country inches towards the 2021 polls, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has arraigned the Electoral Commission (EC) for delaying to release funds towards party activities.

The money in question constitutes the Shs 10 Billion that political parties under the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) receive each year according to a 2020/21 Budget Framework Paper.

Speaking on Monday at Najjanankumbi, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda the Party Spokesperson, told the press that in spite of their pleas three months into the new Financial Year, (FY) nothing has come by.

“We don’t know whether Justice Byabakama wants to release this money after elections and what will it be for? We are now in another financial year, we have done one quarter and we don’t see this money, yet parliament approved this it,” he complained.

Semujju said EC’s adamancy has crippled the operations of the FDC especially considering that they have multiple activities to conduct such as Party Primaries and the Presidential Flag bearer race among many others.

Hitherto, he retorted that they still think that the Government has deliberately refused to release these funds so as to weaken them as they head into the 2021 General Elections.

“Maybe Museveni told them ‘don’t give them this money so we can go to a contest with people who have no guns, no police, no money to make NRM and Museveni’s work easy’,” Semujju pointed out.

However, when this question was paused to the EC Spokesperson Paul Bukenya, he acknowledged the delay, saying it has posed cross cutting challenges to the five political parties under IPOD.

“These first 3 months of July, August and September, no money towards that vote has been received by the Electoral Commission. And we have informed all political parties with representatives in Parliament,” he disclosed.

Bukenya, however, bashed FDC for attempting to cast EC in bad light when it was duly notified about this issue in time.

“I wouldn’t see why a registered Party would raise that matter with that kind of intrigue trying to suggest that the EC is not doing what it is supposed to do,” he bemoaned.

On the other hand, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED) Spokesperson Jim Mugunga tossed the ball back to EC.

“I am hearing you loud and clear, but I think ask for clarity. Ask them whether they actually made an explicit request for political party funding starting this quota,” Mugunga paused.

 



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:

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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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