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Mao to Kadaga: Stay Vetting of New EC Commissioners or we Take to Streets

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) President, viagra 40mg http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/styles-with-shortcodes/includes/class.sws_visual_columns.php Norbert Mao together with a delegation of DP members petitioned the Speaker, erectile Rebecca Kadaga demanding Parliament to stay the vetting of the newly nominated members of the Electoral Commission (EC).

Mao was in the company of the party Secretary General (SG), Mathias Nsubuga, Deputy SG, Gerald Siranda, Women leader, Florence Namayanja and the UYD President, Christopher Okidi.

In his petition to the Speaker which was later delivered to the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP), Winnie Kiiza, Mao noted that President Museveni’s decision to appoint new commissioners was in bad faith and undermines the spirit of dialogue that has been fronted by the Interparty Platform for Dialogue (IPOD).

“In July this year, members of the IPOD Council met President Museveni at State House Entebbe to brief him about the important role IPOD can play in building political consensus after the 2016 elections; the president directed the leader of government business, Ruhakana Rugunda to hold a meeting with all party leaders to hold discussions on the matter in August,” Mao said.

“We were surprised that the president turned around and appointed new commissioners which was done in bad faith and undermines the spirit of dialogue,” Mao remarked.

He observed that Ugandans are also concerned about the procedure for vetting presidential nominees which excludes members of the public from making presentations to the Parliamentary Appointments Committee on the suitability of candidates for public offices.

“We know that the 10th Parliament is now revising its Rules, consequently we have prepared proposals for amending the rules of procedure; it would be prejudicial to our case for reforms of the Rules if the new EC is vetted under the old rules.”

Asked what will follow in case the Speaker doesn’t stay the vetting process as requested, Mao noted that the party will be left with no option other than mobilizing masses to take to the streets in protest of the decision.

“The time for pretending to be opposition is over, if it means putting in prison all opposition, now is the time to say no to this.”


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