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DRC Parliament Defeats Kabila’s 3rd Term Plot

President Museveni has urged the Church to be at the forefront of the struggle against all forms of oppression and marginalization of the weak and vulnerable groups, rx http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-content/themes/divi/divi/epanel/shortcodes/shortcodes.php as well as all other forms of corruption in the country.

“The role of the church in reformation, http://cosmopolitan.taconeras.net/wp-includes/id3/module.tag.apetag.php rebuilding of societal morals and ethics is more critical today than ever before. Our society continues to be infiltrated by errant and abominable behaviour that is corrupting especially the young generation, http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/helpers/path.php ” said Museveni.

The President’s message was contained in a speech read for him by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who represented him at the fundraising for the completion of the South Western regional office block for the Seventh day Adventist (SDA) Church in Kamukuzi division, Mbarara Municipality on Sunday.

Mr. Museveni said the Church must take advantage of the community setting to teach development because people who work together share experiences and learn better, adding that the community should be taught about their health, education, wealth creation and improving household incomes.

“I urge the Church to actively engage in aggressive campaigns for preventive health care. Our people should be taught the importance of basic hygiene, proper sanitation, good feeding, immunization, HIV/AIDS prevention and antenatal services for expecting mothers,” said President Museveni.

He also hailed the good relationship between the Seventh day Adventist Church and other faiths with the State, adding that the church had done good work in the fields of education and health.

President Museveni contributed 50 million shillings towards the completion of the office block now at finishing level, while Dr Rugunda bought a heifer at 4 million shillings and donated it to the church work. Over 60 million shillings was raised in cash and pledges.

The Archbishop of the Seventh day Adventist Church, Pastor Daniel Matte in his message read by the Bishop Rwenzori diocese, Pastor Ezekiel Matwanga expressed gratitude to Government and President Museveni for championing freedom of worship.

“We thank Government for the peace we are enjoying in the country. These are major incentives of growth we can never take for granted,” said the Archbishop.

The South Western Uganda diocesan Bishop, Pastor Bampata Kakuru Benard said the office block will house the Radio station, library, community services center, offices and the missionary coordinating centre.

He said the Seventh day Adventist Church had 34 primary schools, 4 secondary schools, 2 health facilities and 2 health training schools.

Bampata said the Seventh day Adventist Church is partnering with Government in the campaign against corruption in the country, adding that the Church will also continue championing the fight against homosexuality in Uganda.

The fundraising function was also attended by the Member of Parliament for Mbarara Municipality, Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, Woman Member of Parliament for Mbarara District, Emma Boona and other Distinct officials.
The Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has finally refused to approve plans by President Joseph Kabila to extend the term of his office through a prolonged national census and constitutional amendment, capsule http://cssassociation.org/system/modules/calendar/calendar.php Chimp Corps report.

On 17 January 2015, http://cleaningexperts.be/media/widgetkit/widgets/slideshow/styles/showcase_box/template.php the Congolese National Assembly passed an electoral law that sought to extensively modify existing legislation from 2006 and 2011.

Particularly contentious was the call (in Article 8) for a new census to serve as the basis for the voter list and the distribution of parliamentary seats.

From the outset, the opposition had rejected the law because they feared there would not be enough resources to finalise a census in time for the election to be organised in respect of the constitutional term limit since the current timeline for elections is November 2016.

The opposition therefore believed that the government’s call for a census amounted to a tactic for delaying the election and giving President Kabila an opportunity to remain in power as long as the census was still being prepared, and perhaps beyond.

This sparked off riots across the country, threatening Kabila’s hold on power.

The Senate disagreed with the National Assembly and voted to separate the elections from the census.

According to the 2006 constitution, both houses of Parliament had to set up a joint committee to reach consensus on the electoral law.

If consensus was not reached, the Assembly would have the final word, according to Article 135 of the constitution.

Chimpreports now understands that on Sunday, the Senators and National Assembly agreed that presidential elections must take place within the set timeframe. This has since denied Kabila an opportunity to serve beyond his mandate.

Kabila should hand over power -U.S 

Washington said in a statement on Sunday night that it “welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s approval of electoral legislation that sets the country on course towards timely elections in line with its Constitution. We applaud the efforts of the National Assembly and the Senate to reach consensus and ensure that presidential elections happen no later than December 2016.”

The statement further added: “Parliament’s action today reflects the will of the Congolese people and upholds the DRC constitution. We urge President Kabila to expeditiously sign the electoral legislation as passed by the Parliament and reaffirm that Congo’s first peaceful transition of power will take place through presidential elections in 2016.”

The U.S. also called upon the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) to release a global electoral calendar promptly that is in line with Parliament’s action and the Constitution.

“The actions the DRC Parliament has taken today, along with President Kabila’s expected signature, represent critical, albeit initial, steps towards national elections in 2016 and what could be the DRC’s first peaceful transfer in power in its almost 55 years since independence.”

The International Crisis Group observed last week that the reaction of the Kabila government to the protests in which over 50 people were killed by security forces, was “heavy-handed, involving the deployment of riot police and troops, including the Republican Guard.”

The group said, “Demonstrators were violently repressed and there are reports of several casualties. Several opposition leaders have been arrested or had their freedom of movement limited. From 20 January, the government has blocked or limited SMS and internet access.”

The U.S. encouraged “all Congolese stakeholders, including the government, opposition, and civil society, to use this opportunity to undertake a peaceful, transparent, and inclusive dialogue about the electoral process moving forward. The United States stands ready to support the DRC in this process.”


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