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IPOD expresses fear of violence in 2021 general elections

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The Inter Party Organization for Dialogue-IPOD has raised fears of violence that may arise during the next year’s general elections.

In a brief statement from five Secretary generals of IPOD presented by Muhammad Katerega, the Secretary General of Justice Forum (JEEMA) party at their head offices in Ntinda Kampala, they all condemned violence that marred National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries and revealed that they are worried of 2021 general elections.

They include; Muhammad Katerega of JEEMA, Fred Ebil of Uganda People’s Congress-UPC, Gerald Sikiranda of Democratic Party-DP, NRMs Deputy Secretary General of NRM Richard Todwong, and Deputy  Secretary General of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Harold Kaija.

Last week, NRM primaries degenerated into violence in some parts of Uganda like Isingiro  and Ntungamo districts among others. Candidates and their supporters clashed with opponents leading to the shedding of blood with some people losing their lives.

They contend that if such violence can happen among members of one party, then how will it be in 2021 where the ruling party will be in contest with other strong candidates from opposition parties. Harold Kaija noted that if there is no action taken against those who violated, next general elections will be more dangerous and a battle of blood.

They further called upon the police and other security agencies to enforce electoral regulations in an impartial and professional manner, political parties, independent actors and general public to respect and uphold the role of law in processes leading to 2021 general elections.

Mr. Siranda called upon all the political parties to fight such violence to make sure they will not affect Ugandans in 2021 general elections.

Siranda further stressed  that he believed that as political parties, they can play a big role in stopping such violence.

For his part, Todwong said that as a party, they condemned the violence that marred their primaries and urged Ugandans to be careful and shun away from such in 2021 general elections.

Muhamad Katerega said that IPOD will in due course launch a nationwide campaign to sensitize the masses on participating in peaceful elections and shunning away from electoral violence.

Katerega who is also the chairperson Bukomasimbi district noted that many people disregarded the SOPs that were put in place by Ministry of Health to combat the spread of #Covid-19 during these NRM primaries which he said will affect everyone.



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Bobi Wine’s NUP Overwhelmed by Petitions, Members Cite Favoritism, Corruption

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National Unity Platform- NUP is overwhelmed with the number of members petitioning against its vetting process that selected party flag bearers.

Mercy Walukamba, the chairperson of the party election management committee admitted that there are hundreds of complaints received from Kampala and Metropolitan areas alone.

The petitioners cite favoritism and corruption in the vetting process but Walukamba says the vetting committees established based on competence of members to award party tickets because what they need is a win.

She however adds that the redress process has started and they are set to hold a meeting tomorrow -Tuesday- with some of the petitioners. She hastens to add however that some members raise baseless complaints that cannot be verified since competition for the ticket is high.

Nevertheless, the process might be late for some petitioners since the national Electoral Commission has already started nominations. As such, several members of NUP who failed to get party tickets have decided to contest as independents.

Paul Busulwa, People Power coordinator in Kawempe who failed to secure the party ticket to run for LC 3 councilor Kisowera zone has now gone independent.

Busulwa claims the vetting process was marred with favoritism and influence peddling saying he is ready to battle with the NUP party flag bearer. However, Busulwa still identifies himself as NUP member.

Busulwa says he had popularized the party in the area using his little resources and is well known on ground. He says the party electoral commission is fronting weaker candidates leaving those with potential and vows to rally behind candidates for their capacity to lead but not because they hold a NUP ticket. He pledged his support for the party president Robert Kyagulanyi who wants to stand for the presidency.

Another member Shamim Nambi is standing for LC 3 Woman Councilor Kawempe Ttula as an independent after losing in the NUP vetting exercise. But Nambi who walked around the compound of the nomination venue murmuring declined to have an interview with media.

Nambi told our reporter that she wouldn’t take her grievances to the media but is anxiously waiting for her opponents in the field. Nambi came in with friends formerly from the National Resistance Movement- NRM.

Rashid Bulime is the other member who failed to get the party ticket for Local Council 3 in Kilokole zone. He lost to Joseph Kiboga. Bulime arrived at the Electoral Commission offices by 10am with nomination papers indicating independent. He accuses Kiboga of also being the flag bearer of the Democratic Party in the same area.

“What is his mission? Is his intention to make DP or NUP go without a candidate in that position?” wondered Bulime as he talked to some DP members he narrated his situation to.

Mercy Walukamba says they cannot stop members from contesting as independents. She says such is expected in an election.

Nevertheless, NUP members holding party tickets are excited about their nominations. Ismail Nsubuga who beat Busulwa to get the NUP ticket for Kisowera zone says having completed nominations with Electoral Commission, he is now set to embark on efforts of soliciting for votes. He says he wants to debate issues that seek to improve sanitation in his area.

Several other independent and party candidates are also excited about their nomination. They are already compiling their manifestos. Many want issues of sanitation and tax addressed in their areas.

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NRM Electoral Commission Sets Date for Remaining Primary Elections

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The National Resistance Movement-NRM party has set dates for holding residual party primary elections. The elections will start on September 25th and run till October 3rd 2020 in constituencies where primary elections for parliamentary candidates were postponed.

Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairperson says the residual primary elections will cover categories of special interest groups, National Youth committee representatives and parliamentary candidates.

The elections will take place in Kigulu South, Mawogola North, Bukanga county, Mawogola West and Nyabushozi. The elections in Bukanga and Nyabushozi constituencies will be held in 26 and 28 villages respectively on October 2nd, 2020.

In Nyabushozi, Wilson Kajwengye is contesting against Col. Fred Mwesigye and Christopher Bakashaba.  Mwesigye was declared winner in the previous polls that were nullified. In Bukanga county, the incumbent and member of the first family Stephen Kangwagye is facing competition from Moses Mpeirwe Kashaija, Arafat Kamoga and Abel Humble Tumusiime.

The NRM electoral commission was forced to intervene after the district registrar declared wrong results. The elections in Mawogola North, Mawogola West, Bukanga county and Nyabushozi were postponed after several cases of violence and election fraud were reported.

Those battling for the Mawogola West parliament NRM party ticket are the incumbent Joseph Ssekabiito Kitayimbwa and Sembabule Woman MP Hanifa Bangirana Kawooya.

In Mawogola North, Shartis Kutesa, a daughter to Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa is running against Godfrey Aine Kaguta a brother to President Yoweri Museveni.

In Kigulu South, one of the candidates Stephen Waako died in a motor accident on polling day. He was contesting for the Kigulu South constituency NRM flag with the incumbent Andrew Kaluya, Milton Muwuma and Iganga LC V chairperson Patrick Kayemba.

Jane Babiiha, Hellen Asapo, Ambrose Atukunda and Laura Kanushu all candidates for special interest groups have hailed the NRM Electoral Commission for setting dates for the primary elections.

Laura Kanushu who is vying for the NRM PWD national woman parliamentary party card says the party commission has made arrangements to easing their voting exercise.

The other contestants for the PWD woman parliamentary NRM party card are Hellen Asapo and Jane Babiiha.

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