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Battle Drums Roar Again For NRM-Opposition Clash In Amuru

Akello was sworn in as Amuru Woman MP recently

Adventurous and fun loving Ugandans are rubbing hands for a mega trek up the Rwenzori Mountain in Kasese district with American Super model Marlina Morena, see try http://crossfit908.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-links-list-table.php and a mega party at the foothills thereafter.

Uganda Tourism Board [UTB] announced today morning that the Friday 17th trek, discount http://chistes-cortos.info/wp-content/plugins/gd-star-rating/gdsr-config.php in which model Morena has confirmed participation, more about http://coffinpump.com/wp-includes/default-widgets.php is meant to arouse local and foreign visits to the country’s tallest mountain.

The leading Los-Angeles-based super model, TV host, former National Football League [NFL] cheerleader, Model for NIKE, Samsung, Canon, Virgin Atlantic and Siemens, Marlina Moreno is expected to profile Uganda’s major tourism attractions and produce a documentary to be aired to millions of Americans through her travel platforms Examiner.Com, Huffingtonpost.com and WhenInManila.com as well as her travel blog BrunetteAbroad.com.

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While a normal trip up the Rwenzori normally goes for $800 – $1000, [more than Sh 2 million], at the coming event, one will need only Sh. 149,000, which will cater for transport from Kampala to Kasese and back, comfy 2 days accommodation and a grand party on Saturday evening at the mountain base.

“Climbing to the highest peak in real life takes six days and perhaps that’s why most Ugandans haven’t showed much interest because this may be an impediment to their work,” said UTB Deputy CEO Mr John Ssempebwa.

“That is why we are coming up with the offer, where Ugandans can have a light experience up the mountain at a small cost. After seeing the snow, the animals and all, we hope that once one gets a leave from work, they will think of nowhere else to spend it.”

The Rwenzori is the only snow-capped mountain along the equator line, with about five various vegetation zones, lot of mammals including bush bucks, hogs , cats, monkeys, “friendly” leopards, and surprisingly elephants.

The January 17 trek, according Ssempebwa will be turned into an annual event; a national day for climbing the mountain.

About 10,000 people in are expected at the event next week, from Kasese and Fort portal districts alone, where the chief walker will be Tourism Minister Hon Dr Maria Mutagamba.

The model Marlina Morena will also pay a courtesy call to the King of Rwezururu HM Charles Wesley Mumbere.

After the trek, there will be a mega fest at the base by Events 256 before the climbers checkout back to their homes on Sunday morning.

Those interested are being asked to contact Ssempebwa on 0772 390 300 for booking.

 

 
Opposition political parties have rolled out a group of lawyers led by Ondella Ogalo to defend the outstanding victory of their joint Member of Parliament, this http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-admin/includes/admin-filters.php Lucy Akello who won the recently concluded Amuru district woman MP election.

Jane Frances Amongin Okili the NRM candidate who contested and lost to the opposition, http://ccimiowa.com/wp-includes/._date.php in her December 29, http://clintonbrook.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php 2013 petition before Gulu High Court accused her rival and the Electoral Commission (EC) of connivance to ridge her votes.

“Ms Akello engaged in vote rigging, vote stuffing, and electoral malpractices, I am not satisfied with the electoral commission; it did not conduct the parliamentary elections for Amuru in accordance with the principles laid down in the Parliamentary Election Act,” she stated in her petition.

Opposition Democratic Party president Norbert Mao has told journalists in Kampala that the opposition is set to win the court case since all the grounds laid down in the petition are baseless.

“The grounds put down by Okili including ridiculing her during campaign by calling her a none-Acholi, are all baseless and only being used as a way of accounting for money that never resulted into victory,” Mao noted.

He added that it is now time to defend the victory of the people of Amuru: “Their victory is now being trampled upon which we shall not allow.”

FDC flag-bearer emerged victorious in the November polls beating the NRM candidate with over 600 votes garnering 7, 420 votes against 6, 761 votes.

However, it should be remembered that Women’s Democracy Network Uganda an NGO expressed discomfort over sectarian sentiments in the poll immediately after the elections.

“The ugly head of discrimination against women in politics reared its head yet again in the Amuru by-elections for district women MP,” said the NGO.

“The NRM candidate (Jane Francis Okilli) is from Teso but married to a person from Amuru while the opposition candidate (Lucky Akello) is a person from Amuru but married to an Itesot. The two camps used the marital status of the two women to discredit their candidature and yet the law is very clear on who can contest for election for the position of MP.”

 

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