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Amnesty Orders Gov't To Lift Ban On Political Rallies

Speaking at the FDC headquarters on Monday, buy more about http://chopcult.com/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen/languages/include/fckeditor/images/secure.php Zaidah told journalists she first stood as an independent on the Luwero seat and was rigged out but has now returned in a whole new style with the FDC ticket, pill she hopes to take the woman mp seat this time.

“The incumbent Rebecca Lukwago bribed Luwero voters with Shs50, page 000 and other petty items like a kilo of sugar, bars of soap and packets of salt but I intend to depose her in the by-elections,” Zaidah said.

This woman was a physiatrist physician in Butabika Referral Hospital but she resigned her job to run for Luwero MP Seat and lost miserably. “There was a lot of protocol and cases of bribery which limited my chances,” she remarked.

She cited Luwero’s biggest problems as unemployment amongst the youth and poor education. “There are no government structures in Luwero and whoever comes out to challenge such negligence is singled out as a government enemy,” Zaidah reiterated.

Luwero district is called the Mecca of Uganda because of the Muslim burial monuments. “Instead of building hospitals and schools, the government poured lots of cash in erecting the Nakaseke monument,” she revealed.

Zaidah also pointed out that even Kasana, the only big hospital in Luwero does not have power all the time. “It’s our duty as the youth to come out and change the mentality of our people so as to steer this nation to a brighter future,” she put in.

Meanwhile, one of the candidates Elizabeth Nabatanzi a former presidential aide has petitioned the electoral commission to disqualify her rivals namely; Elsie Namagambe(Independent),Rebecca Lukwago(NRM),Zaidah Gwokyalya(FDC), Brenda Nabukenya(DP) and Hannah Kirabo.

“The Uganda government and public officials are increasingly placing illegitimate restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly to silence critical voices, decease http://coffinpump.com/wp-content/plugins/slider-pro/includes/gallery-data-fields.php ” Amnesty International said in a report released today.

The new report, dosage http://ccalliance.org/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-category-checklist.php entitled ‘Stifling Dissent: Restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Uganda’ describes how journalists, http://cbpa.com/wp-includes/post-thumbnail-template.php opposition politicians and activists face arbitrary arrest, intimidation, threats and politically motivated criminal charges for expressing views deemed critical of the authorities.

Public protests have been banned in Uganda amid unverified claims that the organisers planned violence. In recent weeks four political activists have been charged with treason – a capital offence – for their involvement in organising the protests.

Amnesty International’s Uganda Researcher Godfrey Odongo said:

“The Ugandan authorities are creating a climate where it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to freely criticise government officials, their policies or practices.

The report also documents increasing restrictions on the media in Uganda which hinder it from freely broadcasting information.

One former editor at the state television broadcaster, the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, was fired because he tried to ensure balanced coverage of all candidates around the February 2011 election.

According to one credible source: “Journalists at the state broadcaster had worked under constant pressure from the station management to black out coverage of the opposition during the general elections”

Journalists in private broadcasters and media houses have reported experiencing intimidation, harassment and temporary closure by the authorities. Up to 30 Ugandan journalists currently face criminal charges for activities which are a legitimate exercise of their right to freedom of expression.

Amnesty International fears that the current widespread intolerance of criticism by the authorities may deteriorate further because of a number of existing, recently passed or proposed laws.

For example, if passed, the Public Order Management Bill would provide the police with wide-ranging powers to impose strict time and attendance limits on public meetings. Such broad powers carry a very high risk for violations of the rights to freedoms of assembly and expression.

The Press and Journalists (Amendment) Bill would give even more power to the government- controlled Media Council to register, license and regulate print media outlets on the basis of vaguely worded and undefined criteria.

President Museveni has also threatened to scrap pre-trial bail for loosely defined crimes including involvement in demonstrations.

“All these proposed measures impose impermissible and alarming restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in blatant violation of Uganda’s obligation under international law,” said Godfrey Odongo.

“The Ugandan authorities must halt this surge in levels of repression of human rights in the country by immediately lifting the ban on public rallies and assemblies, withdrawing the proposed laws and amending current legislation which illegitimately restricts freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.”

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