Election 2016

Museveni, Besigye In Vote Rigging Counter Accusations

President Museveni addressing press at State House Entebbe on Wednesday [Photo by Kenneth Kazibwe]

President Paul Kagame this week met with the Attorney-General of the United States, cialis 40mg http://d4462130.u92.platformpublishing.com.au/wp-content/plugins/appointment-calendar-premium/uninstall-plugin.php Loretta E Lynch, http://crewftlbr.org/wp-content/themes/crew/functions.php to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral judicial ties between Rwanda and the US through increased cooperation in bringing genocide fugitives to face justice.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Rwanda for the 84th Interpol General Assembly.

While addressing over 1,000 delegates – including 640 police chiefs and senior law enforcement officials gathered in Kigali for the four-day General Assembly, AG Lynch commended Interpol for taking the lead in encouraging mutual assistance between law enforcement agencies worldwide.

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This, she said, leads to efficient cooperation in matters of security, opportunity and human rights.

AG Loretta Lynch pointed out that human trafficking is one of her priorities and remains one of the foremost challenges for the international community.

Prior to meeting President Kagame, on Monday 02 November 2015, Loretta Lynch held talks with her Rwandan counterpart, Johnston Busingye.

“I was delighted to meet with him and the team, and we heard about the work they are doing in important areas such as access to justice, and making the system accessible to all Rwandans.”

She further noted that the US looks forward to continuing a strong working relationship with the Government of Rwanda.

According to Rwanda’s Minister of Justice/Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, the two also discussed the obligation of the international community in bringing fugitives of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to account.

“It is important for the world to bring Genocide fugitives to account, it is important for the world to understand that it is an obligation of every state to do what they must do in order to make [genocide fugitives] have their day in court,” said Minister Busingye.

Loretta Lynch is the first US Attorney General to visit Rwanda.
President Museveni has expressed concern over the growing political turmoil in Burundi as reports indicate that the country is fast sliding into anarchy, approved http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-client-server.php Chimp Corps report.

“I was reading the report today but I haven’t finished it, physician http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130416/docs/example_web_connector_minimal.php ” Museveni told journalists at State House Entebbe on Wednesday afternoon when asked about the progress of his intervention in the Burundi crisis.

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This development comes against the backdrop of mounting pressure on the Ugandan leader to do more to bring an end to the violence in Burundi.

Dead bodies of slaughtered opposition supporters continue to pile on Bujumbura streets while heavy fighting between rebels and government is escalating in the country.

On October 23, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed its concern over the “rapidly worsening” security and human rights situation in Burundi, where at least 198 people have been killed since April, including the execution of at least nine civilians.

According to the United Nations, Burundi is facing its deepest political crisis since the end of the civil war, after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office.

A broad array of actors warned that his attempt was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi.

U.S. President Barack Obama last week informed Congress that he intended to terminate the designation of Burundi as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under AGOA as of January 1, 2016.

Obama accused the Burundi government of blocking opposing parties from holding organizational meetings and campaigning throughout the electoral process.

“Police and armed youth militias with links to the ruling party have intimidated the opposition, contributing to nearly 200,000 refugees fleeing the country since April 2015,” said Obama.

AU toughens

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has reiterated the AU’s deep concern about the situation obtaining in Burundi.

She noted the “continuation of acts of violence and the increase of statements that are likely to further aggravate the current situation and create conditions for more instability, with devastating consequences for Burundi and the whole region.”

Dlamini further expressed AU’s strong condemnation of all acts of violence and violations of human rights, as well as of all statements that can inflame the situation.

She recalled that the Peace and Security Council of AU recently decided, in support of the efforts aimed at finding an early and consensual solution to the crisis facing Burundi, to impose targeted sanctions against all Burundian actors whose action and statements contribute to the persistence of violence and impede the search for a solution.

“Only an inclusive dialogue, bringing together all Burundian stakeholders, will enable Burundi to overcome the serious prevailing challenges and prevent the situation from totally undermining the gains made since the signing of the Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation,” said Dlamini.

She urged the Burundian authorities and other concerned actors to “demonstrate the sense of responsibility that the situation demands and to place the interests of the Burundian people above any other consideration.”
President Museveni has expressed concern over the growing political turmoil in Burundi as reports indicate that the country is fast sliding into anarchy, medications http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/verification-tools/verification-tools-utils.php Chimp Corps report.

“I was reading the report today but I haven’t finished it, visit http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wpsc-includes/cart.class.php ” Museveni told journalists at State House Entebbe on Wednesday afternoon when asked about the progress of his intervention in the Burundi crisis.

“Burundi is not doing well; it’s not, clinic ” he emphasised.

This development comes against the backdrop of mounting pressure on the Ugandan leader to do more to bring an end to the violence in Burundi.

Dead bodies of slaughtered opposition supporters continue to pile on Bujumbura streets while heavy fighting between rebels and government is escalating in the country.

On October 23, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed its concern over the “rapidly worsening” security and human rights situation in Burundi, where at least 198 people have been killed since April, including the execution of at least nine civilians.

According to the United Nations, Burundi is facing its deepest political crisis since the end of the civil war, after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office.

A broad array of actors warned that his attempt was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi.

U.S. President Barack Obama last week informed Congress that he intended to terminate the designation of Burundi as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under AGOA as of January 1, 2016.

Obama accused the Burundi government of blocking opposing parties from holding organizational meetings and campaigning throughout the electoral process.

“Police and armed youth militias with links to the ruling party have intimidated the opposition, contributing to nearly 200,000 refugees fleeing the country since April 2015,” said Obama.

AU toughens

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has reiterated the AU’s deep concern about the situation obtaining in Burundi.

She noted the “continuation of acts of violence and the increase of statements that are likely to further aggravate the current situation and create conditions for more instability, with devastating consequences for Burundi and the whole region.”

Dlamini further expressed AU’s strong condemnation of all acts of violence and violations of human rights, as well as of all statements that can inflame the situation.

She recalled that the Peace and Security Council of AU recently decided, in support of the efforts aimed at finding an early and consensual solution to the crisis facing Burundi, to impose targeted sanctions against all Burundian actors whose action and statements contribute to the persistence of violence and impede the search for a solution.

“Only an inclusive dialogue, bringing together all Burundian stakeholders, will enable Burundi to overcome the serious prevailing challenges and prevent the situation from totally undermining the gains made since the signing of the Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation,” said Dlamini.

She urged the Burundian authorities and other concerned actors to “demonstrate the sense of responsibility that the situation demands and to place the interests of the Burundian people above any other consideration.”
Two leading presidential candidates Yoweri Museveni and Col Dr Kizza Besigye were on each other’s case yesterday, discount http://crossfitabf.com/wp-includes/template-loader.php about vote rigging in the country’s capital Kampala.

Incumbent Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday afternoon accused Col Besigye or stealing his votes in Kampala during the previous elections and later in the evening, help http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/functions.gallery.php Besigye made the same counteraccusations.

“You all know that the opposition have been stealing our votes here in Kampala, http://cutteraviation.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/wordads.php but we don’t ask questions; we simply ignore them,” said the president at a press conference he called at State House in Entebbe.

He was trying to dismiss the opposition’s demand for restructuring of the country’s Electoral Commission and a new set of electoral laws, ahead of next year’s elections.

Museveni told reporters that electoral reforms aren’t what Uganda needs at the moment because parliament has already made all the necessary adjustments to ensure free and fair elections next year.

“There’s just one thing though, that I am trying to sort out, and that is electronic voting. We want people to start voting with heir thumb prints. This I believe will be able to eliminate every possible means of vote rigging,” he said.

Citing the 1962 general elections where one of his childhood associates the Late Eriya Kategaya confessed to have voted 8 times, Museveni said such malpractice would be entirely eliminated by electronic voting.

The opposition FDC flag bearer Col Besigye however, upon emerging from a largely successful nomination day, penned a statement accusing President Museveni of stealing his votes in Kampala.

Col Besigye waves to supporters on his way from Namboole to Nakivubo stadium [Photo by Pat Robert Larubi]

Col Besigye waves to supporters on his way from Namboole to Nakivubo stadium [Photo by Pat Robert Larubi]

“The people of Kampala have always given me tremendous support at all the three presidential elections I’ve participated in. At all the Kampala elections, there has been enormous rigging,” he said.

“During every Kampala election, several people are arrested with pre-ticked ballot papers; in polling stations covering military barracks, there’s always a rigging bonanza; many people are always disenfranchised by striking their names off the final register etc.”

“However, in spite of all this rigging, Mr Museveni has never defeated me in Kampala! That’s why on top of calling me the “people’s president”, the people of Kampala call me the “president of Kampala”!”

Besigye was speaking in light the massive rally he held after nomination that stopped business in the heart of Kampala.

“I expected a good turnout for my nomination today, in spite of the negative propaganda that has been orchestrated for some time now,” he said.

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