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Minister Kyambadde Explains Suspension of Chamber of Commerce Polls

Minister Amelia Kyambadde addressing media in Kampala on Wednesday

The Minister of Trade and Industry Amilia Kyambadde has Wednesday suspended indefinitely, this http://dchnf.dk/wp-includes/rss.php the elections for the new leadership at the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce.

In the race for the top leadership was the incumbent Mrs Olive Kigongo who wanted to retain her presidency, web and businessman Andrew Rugasira.

Minister Kyambadde told reporters at the media center today that the elections were suspended until “identified gaps are addressed.”

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She said an interim committee will be set up to appraise the constitution and stop the current chamber executive from conducting any business of the chamber.

The ministry doubts the current chamber of commerce executive’s ability to conduct credible elections.

Kyambadde said she sat with the stakeholders including aspirants on November 29 and issues were raised on the elections process, help legitimacy of the current  executive to organize elections and gaps in the constitution.

“Other issues raised included the number of delegates from each district and composition, election venue, who qualifies to be a candidate and the voters. We have decided as government to postpone the elections beyond 16th (this month) until identified gaps are addressed,” she said.

An interim committee  set up to sort out this problem includes the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Trade, representatives from the Attorney General and Solicitor General, Chamber of Commerce, the Private sector, business community and Electoral Commission.

The minister elucidated, “The committee will be charged with the duties of appraising the constitution, develop a voters register and form a committee to organize free and fair elections; to stop current Executive committee of the UNCC to conduct any business since their term ended in September until a new executive is in place.”

Yesterday one of the contenders Mr Andrew Rugasira told Chimpreports he was not ready to comment on the suspension of the elections.

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