Election 2016

EC Orders Halt of ‘Topowa’ Campaign Over Bias

EC Deputy Chairman Joseph Biribonwa at the launch of the Topowa campaign in September at Hotel Africana

The Kenya Footballers welfare association (KEFWA) has organised a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the national team players who were purportedly mistreated by their local federation en route to their unfruitful second round World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde.

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Kenya headed into the second leg in Praia with a 1-0 advantage but bowed out after losing 2-0 after arriving in the country less than two hours to kick-off.

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“We have just landed right now…despite the difficulties, we are going to fight for the nation,” one of the stars Michael Olunga posted an hour to the game.

The build up to the match was the talk of the town dominated by off-pitch drama.

First, the Kenyan team lacked funds to cover the air tickets but luckily enough the government provided a chartered plane. On the eve of their departure which was Sunday, the players in unison unanimously refused to board the plane until all their pending dues are settled.

The federation settled the dues before the team left for Praia.

The federation chairman Sam Nyamweya was summoned by the country’s criminal investigation department over the mismanagement of government funds to the national team totaling to Kshs.18 M (UgX 550M).

The football fraternity is headed to national elections with wide outrage for the incumbent to vacate the seat.
The Electoral Commission has written to the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) instructing the organization to immediately stop its voter education campaign dubbed ‘Topowa’ which in the view of the Electoral body is partisan and violates their prior agreement.

In a letter dated November 26, this http://conversionxl.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-comment-endpoint.php the Secretary of the EC, buy http://cstaab.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/libraries/class-emogrifier.php Mr Sam Rwakoojo said that “The Electoral Commission has however noted with concern that the voter education message running on Television (Topowa) is biased contrary to the law, http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-gd.php guidelines for accreditation and Memorandum of understanding which you signed with the Commission.”

“The purpose of this letter is to call you to immediately stop airing the Topowa voter education campaign on television and some radio programmes until further clarification to the Electoral Commission.”

This comes days after the EC Chairman Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu warned civil society organizations that relay biased electoral messages under the guise of voter education.

CCEDU launched the ‘Topowa’ campaign in September calling on Ugandans to exercise their constitutional right to vote and to stand against apathy.

‘Topowa’ is a popular slang in Luganda meaning ‘don’t give up’.

“The idea behind Topowa campaign is to encourage Ugandans not to give up no matter the circumstances. We are heading to a very critical and competitive election and people’s votes must be upheld,” said Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana the Chairman CCEDU at the launch.

The coalition has since traversed the country doing activation campaigns through mass media; TV, radio and open rallies.

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