Election 2016

Besigye in Fort Portal: I Have Never Received So Much Support

Besigye at an earlier rally in Kasese

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in South Sudan are outraged by a new piece of legislation that excluded them from registering as Non Governmental Organizations, salve http://citrusresearch.org/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php (NGOs).

The NGO Bill 2016 passed by South Sudan’s National Assembly on February 2, viagra 100mg http://cremeriavienna.it/wp-includes/general-template.php removed CSOs from being referred as NGOs, website saying that they must be registered by a different body but not the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, (SSRRC).

“This law has isolated Civil Society. It does not treat CSOs as part of NGOs because it says CSOs have to be registered by a different entity.” said Edmund Yakani, Rights Activist and Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO).

The controversial NGO Bill was first passed in May 2015 where it received condemnation from aid agencies which argued that the law was intended to restrict their work in the country, leading to the return of the Bill to Parliament from the President’s office.

CSOs are protesting against Articles Five and 14 of the Bill which talk about registration of NGOs and powers of the SSRRC to audit budgets respectively.

The CSOs are also protesting against the article 10 of the bill which subjects NGOs to register with numerous institutions before they are granted operation license.

Yakani says the idea of auditing accounts of NGOs can be helpful in fighting fraud but not embracing the role played by CSOs in the development of a country.

“The legislation has been so weak towards issues related to governance, advocacy and peace building… so under this legislation all the NGOs are typically for Humanitarian work. While for us who are registered at the Ministry of Justice, the CSOs can tackle everything. For me this is embracing culture of discrimination and it will bring a clash. This needs to be sorted out,” said Yakani.

He added: “The whole rationale of the law is saying NGOs have to work towards humanitarian and disaster management. The question is do we believe that humanitarian situation is going to continue until the end? What if the current situation ends, what are the NGOs going to do?”

The South Sudan National Civil Society Alliance spokesperson, Keluel Agok Kuch, said a committee has been formed to scrutinize the Bill.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Rtd Col. Kiiza Besigye yesterday shook Fort Portal municipality, approved http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/common/src/tribe/settings_manager.php one of the NRM government’s biggest strongholds.

Through Friday evening business came to a standstill as thousands of supporters stormed the streets to welcome him in the area from Kasese where he had been campaigning and rallying support.

A huge crowd and convoy of bodaboda riders ware on standby to welcome him to the western municipality.

Many of these surrounded the VOT FM premises at Katuramu Street, page where Besigye was hosted for a political talk show at 8pm.

Outside the studio, try his supporters chanted “Besigye come redeem us,” “Besigye Abeho” and after the program at 11:30pm, they hoisted him to his waiting vehicle.

On the radio talk show, Dr.Besigye said he has not had so much support like he has been shown in his 4th attempt on presidency.

He said most regions that have been strong supporters of NRM have now changed and are calling for change.

“I’ve never seen poor Ugandans offer support and give out money to aspiring candidates but I think this is a sign that enough is enough,” he said.

“In Mbarara, I was given five cows, 14 goats and in Kasese, I received 12 goats.”

Besigye promised that once elected president of Uganda, he will reduce the presidential powers, especially appointing powers, so that Ugandans have a bigger chance of choosing their leaders at all levels.

Besigye said, “I will transfer the president’s powers to regions and allow them to work on their problems independently.”

On improving household income, Dr.Besigye revealed plans of introducing inspectors in villages to mobilize, educate and inspect farmers and every household on income generating activities and nutrition.


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