Hillary Clinton Set To Announce Presidential Bid

Hilary Clinton with President Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe

Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has today launched a 2016 General Election voter education and mobilization campaign dubbed “Votability”.

Speaking at the launch, dosage CCEDU Executive Director, erectile Dr. Livingston Ssewanyana said the Votability campaign seeks to mobilize Ugandans aged 18 years and above to peacefully and actively participate in the general Voter Register Update.

According to the recently released road map by the Electoral Commission (EC), healing Voter Register Update will take place in every parish in the country between Tuesday 7th and Thursday 30th April 2015.

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“Ahead of 2016 general elections, CCEDU is accredited by the Electoral Commission to conduct voter education and we are determined to offer all relevant support to the commission to ensure that it fulfills its mandate,” Ssewanyana said.

He added that it was unfortunate that the voters’ turn up in the last 2011 general elections remained low, despite their campaign dubbed “Honor Your Vote”.

“We are this time well set to ensure that more people cast their vote as we link the right to vote to delivery of social services.”

“Voters must be made to understand that their quality of life depends on their choice of leaders which definitely determines the success and growth of society.”

He added that the Votability campaign will help respond to the low confidence in electoral processes and low interest in pre-polling day activities amongst the electorate.

“The campaign has been segmented into different media messaging channels to target different demographic groups through communication that appeals to them. The Primary target population will be youth (18-35 years) because they make up 70 percent of the voter eligible population in Uganda.”





By Doris Atwijukire

The recent published report, stuff ‘A Clean Energy Vision for East Africa: Planning for Sustainability, viagra sale Reducing Climate Risks and Increasing Energy Access (2015) by Dr Daniel Kammen, professor of energy at the University of California Berkeley, recommends less hydro for East Africa.

It recommends the countries to shift their priorities to include a much greater proportion of renewable energy sources like solar, geothermal and wind, and to take greater account of climate risks to large hydropower projects as well as alleviating energy poverty in rural communities.

This comes after numerous studies and papers published drawing the attention of the unmet demand for access to adequate, affordable and reliable electricity of poor urban and rural communities in Uganda.

A number of dams have been constructed for electricity while others are still underway. These include the 250mw Bujagali Hydropower dam, 200mw Kiira power dam and 180MW Nalubaale dam and the ongoing  Ayago dam 600mw, Isimba 183 MW, Karuma dam 600mw. Uganda mostly relies on hydropower with current generation capacity at 800mw.

As government takes on the construction of Karuma and Isimba dams worth $2.2 billion, the key question remain: whether electricity produced by these dams will be affordable to most Ugandans especially the rural dwellers (who form the majority population).

Most of Uganda’s large dams have failed to deliver intended benefits of affordable and reliable energy services to citizens, gravely conflicting with their primary advertised benefits of poverty alleviation and energy for the poor.

Instead Uganda’s power tariffs have more than doubled over the past years; load shedding is the order of the day and electricity accessibility rates are still low.

For example the 250MW Bujagali hydro-power project completed in 2012, cost skyrocketed from an initial estimate of US$530 million to US$ 902 million. To date, Ugandans are still paying back the costs incurred to build it in form of high tariffs.

Further, with climate change, corruption and unforeseeable forces of nature, big hydropower dams have continuously produced less power than initially expected.  Uganda in particular, Owen Falls currently produces 74MW instead of the planned 180MW.

Kiira dam produces 50MW instead of 200MW. And Information about the actual production of Bujagali is still unclear and has never been independently verified.

The falling of water levels    in Victoria Nile is due to hydrology and prolonged drought that come as a result of -an unpredictable climate which makes the future of dams even grimmer. Remember, hydro power dams require high water levels. But Government has failed to learn from its past experiences.

Also, transportation and distribution of Hydro-power over long distances to rural areas leads to losses that have to be recouped inform of high tariffs making this power unaffordable for the rural poor. While, leaving those that have been connected unable to use it for social economic benefit.

The clean, non-hydro energy potential of the East African region and Uganda specific is vast, and developing it can lead to strong economic, social and environmentally beneficial development.

Such a plan can meet even the rapidly growing energy needs of the our country, make more significant progress in increasing energy access, and do so in a way that achieves environmental sustainability.

According to the report Energy for a sustainable future: The UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, (AGECC); April 2010, the decisions we take today on how we produce, consume and distribute energy will profoundly influence our ability to eradicate poverty and respond effectively to climate change.

Addressing these challenges is beyond the reach of governments alone. It will take the active engagement of all sectors of society: the private sector; local communities and civil society; international organizations and the world of academia and research. Expanding access to affordable, clean energy is critical for realizing and enabling sustainable development across much of the globe.

Therefore, for Uganda to achieve the current Rural Electrification Strategic Plan target 2013-2022, which is to achieve electrification access of 22 percent.

And other universal energy access initiatives such as Sustainable Energy for All, Government and development partners need to look beyond mega dams to deliver cheaper and reliable power to Ugandans.

Doris Atwijukire

Africa Institute for Energy Governance

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to announce she is running for president on Sunday, information pills various US media report.

Mrs Clinton is expected to make the announcement on social media.

The 67-year-old will then travel to Iowa and New Hampshire, buy more about two early primary contests in the 2016 race.

The former first lady previously ran for president in 2008 and is already considered a strong contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mrs Clinton is expected to release a video outlining her campaign themes but will put off a large, formal speech.

Hillary Clinton is ready to run. Are voters ready for her?

In 2008 she came close – oh, so close – to winning the Democratic nomination, falling to the once-in-a-generation candidacy of Barack Obama.

Despite her near success, however, her effort exposed some worrisome flaws -bickering among her advisors, a veil of guarded aloofness that was only occasionally lowered and the perception that she lacked an explanation for why she sought the top office.

With a Democratic field devoid of compelling alternatives, Mrs Clinton likely has a much clearer path to the Democratic nomination this time.

This gives her the luxury of time to find her footing on the campaign trail after a long hiatus.

Come next summer, however, a battle-hardened Republican candidate will be waiting. Against her last stiff electoral test, she came up short. Soon we’ll learn what, if anything, she’s learned from past mistakes.

She recently faced criticism over using a private email address to conduct official business as secretary of state and having personal staff decide what emails should be given over to public records.

Mrs Clinton was a politically active first lady during her husband’s two terms as US president and then served in the US Senate for several years.

She lost out to President Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.

Mr Obama later named her as secretary of state, a position she held until 2013.

Two major Republicans, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, have formally announced their campaigns, but many more are expected to run, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush – whose father and brother were both president.

Another Clinton-Bush election – the first was won by Mrs Clinton’s husband Bill in 1992 – would revive the debate in the US about powerful political dynasties.

The Democratic field looks more narrow than the Republican one, but Mrs Clinton could face former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and possibly Vice-President Joe Biden.

Many in the left-wing of the party are urging Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run.



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