Election 2016

ELECTION FEVER: Hundreds Flee Kampala

Passengers stranded in Qualicel bus park

Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Mufti Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje has thanked President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for his friendship with departed Libyan leader; Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

Mubaje expressed his gratitude during the Friday joint prayers with the former belligerent splinter groups at the Old Kampala national Mosque.

The unison prayer was attended by Museveni who also held a lengthy meeting with the Mufti at the latter’s office in the presence of Amiir Daula Shk. Sulaiman Kakeeto, capsule more about http://crankygenius.com/wp-admin/includes/admin.php the Ag. Amiir Umah Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje and the Amiir SPIDQA Shk. Mubarak Mugerwa.

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The UMSC Spokesman, treat story http://compraresenzaricettaonline.com/wp-includes/category-template.php Haji Nsereko Mutumba revealed on Monday that during the meeting, the Mufti particularly thanked Museveni for recommending UMSC to the then Libyan Leader Col. Gaddafi who constructed the National Mosque through the World Islamic Call Society.

Mubaje also told Museveni that unlike in the past, the Muslim community in Uganda is now one and working together for the good of the Ummah as well as the country.”

The Kibuli faction leadership is however still on its own and recently replaced their leader who died last year. Sheiks from the Kibuli faction attended the prayers only to witness handing over of the land title of the controversial Plot 30, William Street.

The title was passed to the trusteeship of government, waiting the easing of the tension between the two groups.

The Muslim leader also recognized the vehicles given to district Khadis by the government last year.
Meanwhile Museveni in his remarks assured Muslims of his continued support to the Islamic faith.

He promised Muslims that the government will support the maintenance of the National Mosque, the construction of the Islamic Call University College structure as well as the completion of the UMSC commercial perimeter complex.

The unity Juma was attended by Ambassadors, ministers and prominent NRM politicians.  Notable among these were: The Attorney General Hon. Ruhindi, the Third Deputy Prime Minister Rt.
Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja, the Ugandan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Yahaya Semuddu, the Libya Ambassador to Uganda, the Egyptian Ambassador to Uganda, the MP Kampala District Hon. Muhammad Nsereko and several NRM flag bearers.

Before the President’s arrival, the Mufti received the former President of Tanzania Al Haji Hassan Mwinyi who joined Muslims for Juma prayers.

As the country prepares for the February 18 general elections, dosage http://cyancdesign.com/wp-includes/feed-atom-comments.php hundreds of people have started leaving Kampala to their country homes in fear of violence.

Kampala bus parks are currently flooded with people struggling to get on buses for upcountry trips.

This has caused a spike in fares for travellers using public transport.

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For the Masaka route, buses have been charging Shs 10,000 but now the cost for each passenger stands at Shs 15,000.

The Kyotera fare was Shs 15,000 but has now risen to Shs 20,000.

The cost of transport from Kampala to Jinja has increased from Shs 6000 to Shs 8000 while those travelling to Iganga will pay Shs 10,000 instead of the usual Shs 8,000.

Tina Arinda, 25, said Monday’s clashes in Wandegeya clashes in which one person was killed rattled her heart.

“I am safe being at home with my parents than pay the price of potential violence in Thursday’s elections,” said Arinda who was waiting for a bus to Ntungamo District in South Western Uganda.

However, those who chose to spoke on condition of anonymity said they registered to vote from upcountry.

“I am voting from Masaka. So I am returning home to cast my ballot during this short holiday,” said Faridah Nanteza, 35, a resident of Nansana Wakiso District.

Passengers struglling to buy tickets in the Qualicel Bus terminal on Tuesday (Photos: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)

Passengers struglling to buy tickets in the Qualicel Bus terminal on Tuesday (Photos: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)

Bus conductors told ChimpReports the exodus of Kampala residents to upcountry areas has provided them a rare windfall.

President Museveni this week assured that security forces would be deployed adequately to ensure maximum security during the election exercise.

Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura recently revealed what he described as credible information of plans by individuals who want to promote violence by declaring parallel results to those of the Electoral Commission.

He said the suspected individuals will as well attempt uprisings through the transportation of voters immediately after elections and before the declaration of results, “incitement to violence through social media, civil disturbance, voter intimidation, burning of petrol stations, armed rebellion through kidnaps/disappearance of opposition politicians, attacks on vulnerable police officers and police posts for guns; to mention but a few.”

However, Kayihura reassured that Police are aware of these plans, and have not only adequately, but “strategically deployed our manpower and logistics, to counter all forms of threats both domestic and international.”

The most congested taxi park stages are Masaka- Rakai, Kampala-Kiboga, Kampala-Mukono, Kampala-Jinja and Gulu.

The number of passengers has outstripped the availability of vehicles.


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