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Amama Mbabazi has come under fire to pay his outstanding water bills which have accumulated to a staggering Shs 11m, erectile http://corepr.pl/wp-admin/includes/plugin.php revelations that could hurt his presidential ambitions.

Opponents hope to ride on this new development to ask whether Mbabazi who refuses to pay his water bills for over a year is the right man for the highest political seat in the land.

In a letter dated June 10, salve http://danceexchange.org/wp-includes/feed.php National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) informed Mbabazi of his outstanding bill who did not respond as expected.

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“Reference is made to our meter ref. BMI/KW/COMM/03-15 delivered and received at your premise on March 11, 2015. Your water bill for your residence on Plot 10, Nyonyi Gardens in the names of Hon Amama Mbabazi has grown to 11,044,679 as at 18th June 2015,” the reminder reads in part.

“Another meter on the same plot located at the gate in the names of Ministry of Defence has an outstanding bill of 1,338,384 (used by security guards),” the letter added.

“This is therefore yet another reminder that you arrange to clear this bill to enable us serve you better. We however, remain committed to serving you as our esteemed customer and look forward to an amicable and conclusive settlement of this bill. We take this opportunity to thank you yet again for supporting the Corporation by using our service.”

NSWC had earlier in March this year alerted Mbabazi that “our record show that though your water supply has not yet been disconnected, you have an outstanding water bill amounting to 9,330,703 as at 17th February 2015.”

The water supply body said, “A further look at your statement of accounts and the transaction history shows that payment was last made on this account on the 17th April, 2014. It is against this background that we are today officially reminding you of the outstanding balance on your water account that ought to be cleared.”

NWSC urged Mbabazi “to clear this bill within this month and plan to clear the subsequent bills on a monthly basis.”

Mbabazi family speaks out

It is understood that Mbabazi, who recently declared his interest to stand for president in 2016, did not pay the bills.

However, a family member told ChimpReports on Monday morning that, “the Bill will be paid.”

The family member added: “There are two water meters at the Kololo house. One was for the main house and the other for the UPDF soldiers. The outstanding is shs11m because the water meter was paid for only once in ten years. We kept asking them (UPDF) to clear the bill and they kept saying they would clear it.”

This contrasts with NWSC’s submission that it’s the meter in Mbabazi’s name that reads Shs11m.

Officials at NWSC said disconnection is normally its last resort, for good customer care.

“This is our normal administrative procedure of dealing with customers on payments. It is not isolation. The Bill combines water and sewerage over about one year and relates to a property that Hon Amama Mbabazi is occupying currently.”

Top NRM officials have since taken to social media to query Mbabazi’s suitability for presidency amid the unfolding developments.

Mbabazi, who said in this declaration that he would, after taking power, fight what he called the “deep-seated corruption” in Uganda, is now being asked whether if he is a clean man.

The former Prime Minister was expected to return to Uganda on Sunday afternoon but did not show up.
Heavy gunfire and grenade explosions rocked Burundi on Saturday and Sunday night as the country goes to the local polls on Monday.

Chimp Corp Claver Ndushabandi reports that at 10:00pm on Sunday, approved http://cirnow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-idc.php grenade blasts were reported in Cankuzo, http://celltrials.info/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php Eastern province.

He reports that military and police personnel have been deployed at strategic areas in  Bujumbura.

“The streets are empty. People have decided to shun the voting exercise. There were heavy gunfire and explosions in Musaga, Kanyosha and Buyenzi. But the loudest blasts were in Cibitoke, the centre of resistance against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid.”

The local and legislative elections are taking place today despite calls for the postponement of the election by the United Nations.

Reiterating his appeal to all Burundian political leaders to consider the wider interest of the people of their country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday night expressed concerns about the Government’s insistence on going ahead with elections on 29 June despite the prevailing political and security environment in the country.

“The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasizes the responsibility of the Government of Burundi to ensure that elections take place in a secure environment and also to guarantee the safety and security of UN observers so that they can perform their mandated responsibilities free from intimidation or harassment,” according to a statement by the UN Spokesperson.

The Security Council, including through its resolution 2137 (2014), has mandated the UN Observer Mission in Burundi (MENUB) to observe the elections, while the International Facilitation Team “has been working hard” in Bujumbura to assist the Burundian parties to reach a consensus on the way forward for holding “free, fair inclusive and peaceful elections.”

“The Secretary-General deplores the intransigence of the parties that caused those important efforts to be inconclusive,” the statement adds.

He reiterated his appeal to all Burundian political leaders to consider the “wider interest” of the people of their country and to resolve political issues through dialogue “in order to preserve peace and strengthen national reconciliation.”

Condemning recent attacks reported in the country, Mr. Ban in the statement also appealed to all Burundians to refrain from violent acts, in line with the Charter of Non-Violence agreed by all parties.

 

“MENUB will continue to work in a professional and impartial manner, in accordance with national laws applicable to electoral matters and international instruments, principles and rules of election observation,” adds the statement.

Burundi’s political turmoil started in early April when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would stand for a third term, a decision denounced as unconstitutional by the opposition.

Warning that the governing party and its youth militia use violence to limit freedom of speech and hate speech to obtain certain electoral outcome, Pablo de Greiff, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence stressed the utmost importance to disarm those youth militias.

“Voters must be free to support or to oppose any political party…without undue influence or coercion of any kind which may distort or inhibit the free expression of the elector’s will,” Mr. de Greiff underscored.

Today’s statement closely follows a similar expression of concern issued this past Friday, 2 June, when the Secretary-General encouraged the country’s authorities to consider the postponing of the elections.

The presidential election is due July 15.

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