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Museveni Brother Kaguta Sodo Drops Out of Mawogola North MP Race

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Museveni’s young brother and flag bearer for Member of Parliament for Mawogola North Aine Sodo Kaguta has dropped out of the race, a day to polls, The Tower Post reports.

Sodo who was Mawogola North’s favorite was facing off with Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa’s daughter Shartsi Musherure Namatovu Kuteesa who was running as an Independent candidate.

Shartsi had challenged Sodo in the highly contested NRM primaries which were decided by courts of law.

In the Primaries which were marred with violence, Sodo was announced winner but Shartsi challenged the polls by petitioning the Secretariat alleging that there were lots of malpractice.

Since there was no time to hold another election, the NRM secretariat decided to withdraw the party ticket from SODO who had won it and ordered both candidates to run as independents.

But Sodo Sodo went to court to reverse this decision since he claimed to have won the primaries.

Court ordered that Sodo must hold the party ticket in the 2021 general elections.

Reasons for his withdrawal from the race remain unknown.

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Uganda is Not My House, I’ll Go to My House if I Lose – Museveni

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Ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM Presidential flag bearer who is also the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni has said he is ready to go home if he loses the election that is slated to take place on Thursday January 14th.

“Uganda is not my house, I’ll go to my house if I lose and do my own things if the people of Uganda don’t want me to help them with their issues,” he said.

The President made the comment while speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in a televised interview on Tuesday.

He however was quick to say that there is no problem with staying longer in power as long as Ugandans still wanted him to be President.

Museveni is seeking his sixth term as President of Uganda having taken power after a military coup in January 1986.

Museveni recalled his statement where he said that Africa’s biggest problem is leaders who stay long in power, clarifying that he was referring to those leaders who stay against democratic rules.

“I said the problem was staying long in power without democracy. If it is the democratic will of the people, there is nothing wrong with that.”

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UCC Orders ISPs to Block Access to Social Media

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Uganda Communications Commission on Tuesday ordered internet service providers to shut down social media and messaging applications, just two days before elections.

In a letter seen by AFP, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) executive director Irene Sewankambo ordered telecommunications companies to “immediately suspend any access and use” of social media and online messaging platforms.

An industry insider who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said that the order was first communicated in “nasty and aggressive” phone calls to the telecommunications companies on Tuesday morning.

The calls made it clear the order was retaliation for Facebook deleting pro-government accounts for seeking to manipulate public debate ahead of the election.

Facebook said Monday that the accounts were linked to the Ministry of Information and Technology.

The list of banned social media sites include Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Signal and Viber.

Some of these were already offline on Tuesday.

On Monday a list of over 100 virtual private networks (VPNs) was distributed to internet service providers by the UCC with orders to block them, according to the insider.

UCC spokesman Ibrahim Bbosa told AFP: “I am not aware of a directive to switch off internet or social media platforms.”

“There has been slow connectivity on the platforms which can be partly due to heavy traffic as a result of the forthcoming elections” he said.

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Police Blocks Nancy Kalembe Campaigns in Kamuli, Buyende Districts

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Police on Monday blocked the independent presidential candidate, Nancy Linda Kalembe, from campaigning in Kamuli and Buyende districts. 

According to the Electoral Commission (EC) campaign program, Kalembe was supposed to continue campaigning in the two districts after she wrote to the EC informing them of a change in the campaign schedule. However, the delay in communicating to the police in the two districts by the EC prevented the presidential candidate from holding campaigns.

When she entered Kamuli town, police failed to clear Nancy Linda Kalembe and her team to hold rallies at the taxi park, in Mbulamuti and Namwendwa.

Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North Police Spokesperson says that according to their program Kalembe was supposed to be in Mayuge and Bugiri districts, therefore, they could not allow her to campaign in Kamuli and Buyende districts.  

When she reached Kamuli Municipality, Kalembe, tried to communicate with the Electoral Commission in vain. She was however cleared at 4 pm, but could not go to Buyende and Kamuli at that time. 

David Byakika, the chief mobiliser in Kaliro, Kamuli and Buyende districts says they have been let down by the candidate not appearing to speak to the supporters who kept waiting since morning.  

Kalembe decided to hold a talk show on Kamuli Broadcasting Services radio to reach out to her supporters. She blamed the EC for not harmonizing the changes on the campaign program on time and this has affected her campaigns in the last 63 days of the campaign. 

Lillian Kyakobye, a supporter of Kalembe says on many occasions police barred her candidate from accessing districts.

Nancy Linda Kalembe winds up her 2021 campaign in Iganga on January 12, 2021, where she will traverse the 11 sub-counties of Iganga district.

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