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Don’t Vote Independents – Minister Byabagambi

Hon. John Byabagambi speaking to the press at the campaign launch

Counting down to the February 18 general elections, stomach http://churchofthekingmcallen.org/wp-content/themes/coffeebreak/includes/homepage-video.php the Military Police have added their voice to the stern caution against opposition-led election violence.

More warnings have been sounded by President Yoweri Museveni and the heads of the Uganda Police Force and the National Army under which the lethal Military Police falls.

Commander of the Military Police Col. Emmanuel Kanyesigye told reporters this Friday morning at their headquarters in Mbuya that his force is ready to strike hard any uprisings during and after the oncoming election exercise.

“If anyone tries to destabilize the smooth running of the electoral process, http://ciprs.cusat.ac.in/wp-includes/id3/getid3.lib.php we shall not allow this to happen. We will definitely take action to return the situation to normal, http://crownheights.info/wp-includes/cache.php ” Col. Kanyesigye told journalists.

“We have on many occasions done joint operations together the police and other sister security organs. Our comrades the police and intelligence personnel are on ground and there is no need to fear because it is our role to ensure that peace prevails.”

The Military Police was primarily involved in quelling the 2011 post election “walk to work” protests led by FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye in which five people were shot dead, dozens critically injured and hundreds locked up in jail.

Besigye, who is in the presidential race again, has built his campaign on the message of “Defiance,” urging his supporters to rise up against the regime’s efforts to rig the elections.

Asked to comment on politicians who have formed groups to guard against election malpractice, the military police boss warned that these will not be allowed anywhere near the voting areas because they are illegal and cannot be allowed to participate in anything that may disrupt the elections.

“If you know of any such groups, you should let us know and we shall deal with them. The mandate of protecting votes is for police and no one else’s.”

On the different militia groups formed by politicians, Col. Kanyesigye stressed that these too are illegal and won’t be tolerated because they are not enshrined in the law.

He however reassured the public not be unsettled by these preparatory measures and urged them to enthusiastically partake in the election exercise.

 
Works and Transport Minister, order http://cloudninerealtime.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/form-tags-manager.php Eng John Byabagambi has asked Ugandan voters to shun independent political candidates most especially those that split from the ruling National Resistance Movement party.

The incumbent Ibanda South Member of Parliament, http://chipinhead.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-settings.php asked voters to elect only NRM candidates who he said stand a better chance of delivering services to their constituencies.

Eng Byabagambi made the call yesterday during the launch of the NRM campaign in Buteraniro, Ndeija Sub County in Rwampara, Mbarara district.

He stressed at the function that the NRM Members of Parliament have an advantage of using the party caucus “to get things done much faster.”

Independent candidates and the opposition on the other hand he said, have to rely entirely on the parliamentary vote.

The independents according to the Minister are not under pressure to deliver because they don’t account to any political party.

“In the last five years, I have not seen any leader from Rwampara coming to my office demanding for a road,” he said.

“The last person I remember was Charles Ngabirano who at that time was MP in the 2006–2011 Parliament.”

Ngabirano is now the area parliamentary candidate on the NRM ticket, facing the incumbent Hon Vincent Kyamadidi who is independent.

The Minister went ahead to caution independent candidates against using NRM material such as T shirts as well as signs and symbols during their campaigns.

Meanwhile the Works Minister at the event hailed the Milton Obote government which constructed up to 1100km of roads in the country, compared to Iddi Amin “who managed to up a singular 8km road from Kampala to Gaba.”

He went on to contrast the two regimes with the current NRM government which has managed to put up more than 1400 kilometers of tarmac roads.

While campaigning in the area, President Yoweri Museveni promised to tarmac the two main roads in the area with one connecting to Kikagati Isingiro which is about to commence.

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