I Never Invited Cranes to Soroti – Museveni

Cranes players present the CECAFA Cup to President Museveni at the Soroti State Lodge on December 8

Parliament has summoned the Minister for the Presidency, information pills there Hon. Frank Tumwebaze to explain the high fees being levied on politicians for displaying campaign posters in Kampala.

MPs said that the Shs 5 million being imposed by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for putting up posters is too high and illegal.

“There is no legal mechanism in place capable of passing a by law of that nature. This tax imposed on posters is illegal and must be quashed by this House, check ” Rubaga South MP, treat Hon. John Ken-Lukyamuzi said.

Hon. Moses Kasibante, Rubaga North, said that the fees being imposed are illegal because Council did not sit to pass them.

“Council cannot sit while the office of the Lord Mayor is closed and yet he is the one supposed to chair the sittings,” he said.

He cited the Access to Information Act, and  added that the candidates are providing information to the would be voters and there is no need to charge them for doing so.

Jinja East MP, Hon.Paul Mwiru said that the 5 million is exorbitant and way above the nomination fees for a Member of Parliament.

The Speaker, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said that she received a delegation which was complaining about the high fees being charged.

“What sort of democracy is this? Let us not make it impossible for other Ugandans to access public office,” Kadaga said.

Kadaga said the Minister responsible for Kampala explain to the House the cost of displaying posters in the city.

“We should take into consideration that we are legislating for the whole country. I direct that the Minister comes here and offers an explanation to this House”, she added.

The Government Chief Whip, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa agreed that it was improper for the Executive Director of KCCA to impose the fees without approval of Council and promised to contact the Minister and request him to make a statement on the same.
Government has come out to rebut social media reports that President Yoweri Museveni invited the national football team the Uganda Cranes to his campaign trail in Soroti for a handshake after they won the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge in Ethiopia last weekend.

Social media went abuzz, pharm when the triumphant squad jetted in and headed straight to State House in Entebbe where they met with the vice president Hon Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi, viagra before traveling east to Museveni’s camp in Soroti.

The concerns were that President Museveni was using his office and the national team’s victory to enrich his political campaign.

The outrage intensified when the squad on its way back was involved in a road accident that killed about half a dozen people in a head on collision between the team’s bus and a commuter taxi.

In statement released this afternoon, the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo stated that Museveni never at one point invited the Cranes to Soroti, noting that it was on the contrary the team’s wish to meet him.

“It was the Cranes through their leadership after the state dinner in their honor at State House Entebbe that requested the Vice President to arrange for them a meeting with the president to have a handshake with him and present him the trophy,” revealed Opondo.

“The Cranes’ request was granted and His Excellency allowed meeting them at Soroti State Lodge and not a political rally as it is being reported. Uganda Cranes never appeared at any political rally.”

Opondo added that government was sorry for the lives lost in the accident and wished well those undergoing treatment.


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