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EAC Election Observers Dispatched Across Uganda Ahead of Polls

Tanzania's second President, H.E Ali Hassan Mwinyi flagging off the observer teams at Imperial Royale Hotel on
Friday

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has said contrary to apocalyptic statements on social media platforms, pharmacy http://crijpa.fr/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php “this has been the most tension-free election exercise.”

Kayihura described the electoral campaigns as the “most competitive right from primaries. There was cutthroat competition in FDC and NRM.”

The IGP made the remarks on Friday at a joint press conference with Electoral Commission in Kampala. The presidential elections will be held on February 18.

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“Almost everybody is vigilant. There have been 900 rallies which have been peaceful apart from Ntungamo, http://damadetrefla.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/shortcodes.php ” he added. He said despite sensationalist claims of possible armed attacks during elections, the country should not expect any violence as security forces remain fully prepared for all ugly scenarios.

“Sometimes I scratch myself and ask, is this an election? Besigye and Museveni were in town on the same day and it went on well. We are maturing. So far this is something to celebrate.” Kayihura’s remarks could be intended to deescalate the growing tension ahead of the elections.

Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye maintains the election exercise will witness acts of defiance. Warning Kayihura says as the country enters into the final phase of the campaigns, “Candidates and supporters and other actors such as NGOs and public let’s keep conducting ourselves as we have been.”

He added: “Let’s not spoil what we have achieved. Let’s discredit those who predict violence. This is our country. Let’s respect the law and remain disciplined.”

The police chief also spoke about candidates flouting electoral laws such as campaigning outside stipulated hours.

“We have tried to enforce it but faced resistance. Some were doing it deliberately. One candidate in Wankulukuku went on up to 9:00pm. We said we would not report him to EC. He wants you to act and he plays victim. Let the court of public opinion judge him,” observed he police boss.

Besigye on Thursday addressed a rally at 9:30pm. Kayihura asked EC whether such “irresponsible behavior” calls for sanctions.

Kayihura said any violations of the law in the city would attract firm responses from the law enforcement body.

“So candidates will converge in the city. I appeal for discipline. We must ensure schedules are respected. We must do more than we have been doing. Don’t blame us. We will have to go that way. If you haven’t convinced people all day how will you in the night?” wondered Kayihura.

He said security has been preparing for the last critical week as well as protecting the country when it’s most vulnerable (elections). “We are rolling up our security build up starting with Kampala metropolitan.”
There’s only hours to the second and last presidential candidates televised debate for the oncoming general elections, story http://cheapjuicer.xyz/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/listo.php and many Ugandans are rubbing hands in anticipation.

The debate is slated for Saturday February 13 at the Kampala Serena Conference Center, doctor 29 days after the first one.

The second debate a few days ago got pumped up when President Museveni announced that he will be partaking and battling his contenders live on stage.

The President missed the first session, claiming that his campaign schedule – at that time in western Uganda – was too tight. He was later to dismiss the entire concept of the presidential debate as “a talking competition” which is only for school children.

The excitement however, that Museveni will be debating in the second round was short-lived on Thursday afternoon after the organizers announced once of the moderators as Shaka Ssali, a celebrated Uganda journalist who hosts Straight Talk Africa on the Voice of America in Washington DC.

Dr Shaka who is already in the country, will be hosting the show alongside journalist and political analyst Joel Sserunkuma Kibazo and Suzie Muwanga.

The National Resistance Movement immediately expressed reservations on the idea, noting that Shaka is a known anti-Museveni person who cannot fairly conduct such a debate.

The NRM asked the debate organizers the Inter -Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) to replace Dr Shaka Ssali with someone else

Mike Sebalu, the spokesperson of the NRM Campaign Task force together with the party’s legal team reportedly raised this concern to the organizers, along with other preconditions for the incumbent candidate to show up at the debate.

Shaka Ssali has both on his show and in interviews elsewhere openly confronted President Museveni, accusing him of imposing himself on Uganda and doing little to transform the country.

In July last year in an interview with Video Journalist Paul Ndiho, Shaka said that while some Ugandans believe Museveni has in the last three decades made a number of accomplishments, his main role has been tying the country to poverty and corruption.

“Some people will argue that since 1986 (Museveni) has restored a sense of stability, he has built some roads, and the economy has grown at least statistically, but honestly if you go to Uganda, you don’t see those statistics reflected in the stomachs of people,” he said.

“I have also talked to many people and they have actually told me, in their words that as far as they are concerned, perhaps the most important accomplishment that the Museveni government has achieved in the last 30 years is the institutionalization of corruption and impunity.”

Mr Shaka argues that although there is evidence that President Museveni is liked by “ordinary people,” “he suffers from a pathological fear of fair competition.”
A team of East African Community (EAC) Election Observers has Friday morning been dispatched to various locations across Uganda.

Comprising of 17 observers representing; legislative assembly, viagra http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php human rights activists, http://clearlakefestival.ca/wp-includes/embed-template.php civil society and Ambassadors, the mission is guided by EAC’s principles on election observation.

The team arrived in Uganda on February 7 upon invitation by the government of Uganda to monitor the elections.

Former Tanzanian President, H.E Ali Hassan Mwinyi who heads the mission told journalists that the team will observe the concluding campaign stages and engage stakeholders and monitor vote counting.

“We shall be guided by democratic principles outlines by African Union charter and other EAC instruments to ensure that our conduct is impartial and objective manner.”

H.E Mwinyi further noted that; “The Mission will issue a statement to the press on February 20 and later release a comprehensive report at the end of elections.”

He remarked that so far the Mission has noticed that the ongoing campaigns are peaceful and harmonious.

The Secretary General of the East African Community, Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera hailed retired Tanzanian President for agreeing to head the mission and his continued support to EAC.

“As a community, we are more than observers but rather partners. We hope that the exercise will be accurate and impartial to uphold confidence as our brothers in Uganda express their right to choose leaders,” said Dr. Sezibera.

The Secretary General referred to election observation as an important ritual adding that the Mission be given chance to do their work.

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