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Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has vowed to emerge victorious in the heated Rushenyi County NRM MP primaries.

Rukutana told ChimpReports by telephone on Tuesday evening that, more about http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-includes/feed-rss2-comments.php “I am sure I am going to win.”

He cited one of the polling stations of Muheta Ngoma Sub-county where he got 111 votes against Karuhanga’s one vote.

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Asked whether he was satisfied with the electoral process in Ntungamo, adiposity http://conforms.com/wp-admin/includes/options.php Rukutana said it was “moving smoothly.”

He said a few negligible incidences had been recorded during today’s primaries.

The Rushenyi campaigns were marred by violence last weekend with Karuhanga’s supporters attacking Rukutana’s diehards.

This compelled First Lady Janet Museveni to call Rukutana and Karuhanga to her home in Ruhaama for talks.

Subsequently, security was beefed up in the district thus creating a conducive atmosphere for today’s election.

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Justus Karuhanga served as the Private Secretary in charge of Legal Matters to President Yoweri Museveni from 2003 until May 2009.

He is now a senior partner at Karuhanga, Tabaro Associates law firm in Kampala.

Born on November 15, 1959, Rukutana studied from Mbarara High School and Kigezi High School before graduating with a law degree at Makerere University.

He served as Minister of State for: Higher Education, Labour and Finance.

Rukutana taught law at the Law Development Centre between 1985 – 2006.

Between 1986 – 87, Rukutana was the registrar of titles at the Lands Office.
Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has vowed to emerge victorious in the heated Rushenyi County NRM MP primaries.

Rukutana told ChimpReports by telephone on Tuesday evening that, advice http://davepallone.com/old/wp-content/plugins/add-to-any/addtoany.widgets.php “I am sure I am going to win.”

He cited one of the polling stations of Muheta Ngoma Sub-county where he got 111 votes against Karuhanga’s one vote.

Asked whether he was satisfied with the electoral process in Ntungamo, Rukutana said it was “moving smoothly.”

He said a few negligible incidences had been recorded during today’s primaries.

The Rushenyi polls were marred by violence last weekend with Karuhanga’s supporters attacking Rukutana’s diehards.

This compelled First Lady Janet Museveni to call Rukutana and Karuhanga to her home in Ruhaama for talks.

Subsequently, security was beefed up in the district thus creating a conducive atmosphere for today’s election.

Profiles

Justus Karuhanga served as the Private Secretary in charge of Legal Matters to President Yoweri Museveni from 2003 until May 2009.

He is now a senior partner at Karuhanga, Tabaro Associates law firm in Kampala.

Born on November 15, 1959, Rukutana studied from Mbarara High School and Kigezi High School before graduating with a law degree at Makerere University.

He served as Minister of State for: Higher Education, Labour and Finance.

Rukutana taught law at the Law Development Centre between 1985 – 2006.

Between 1986 – 87, Rukutana was the registrar of titles at the Lands Office.
Political-economic analyst Andrew Mwenda has asserted that the biggest threat to press freedoms in Uganda is state manipulation and bribery.

Mwenda said that government officials compromise the ethical standards of journalists by influencing them to either burry or concoct stories to fight personal battles.

The CEO Independent Magazine made this observation while giving a keynote address at a dialogue on Press Freedom organized by Centre for Policy Analysis at Metropole Hotel in Kampala.

The dialogue which brought together civil society, medicine http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-installer-skin.php Member of Parliament, viagra http://crememinceur.com/wp-includes/query.php the police and public sought to discuss the state of press freedom ahead of the 2016 polls.

“The deprivation of freedoms by the press in Uganda shouldn’t only be looked at in the context of police repression. Journalists’ freedom of expression is being influenced by handouts to plant certain stories in the papers or on radio” he said.

He went on to strongly speak against the lack of professionalism and skills among journalists which he mainly attributed to a poor education system.

“Most journalists are against investigative journalism, http://charlesdunn.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php they are too lazy which results into misinformation. For this reason, the state suppresses such outlets or individuals for inaccurate information.”

In his prediction, Mwenda stated that there’s likely to be intense pressure exerted on the media in the forthcoming elections as a way of government preventing exposure of its brutality.

On constitutional violation, the outspoken journalist held that constitutions should in their nature and formulation reflect social dynamics which isn’t the case in Uganda.

He noted that the Ugandan constitution is a foreign imposition and thus can’t address such freedoms in the context of Uganda.

While responding to Mwenda’s presentation Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi blamed the orientation of police, an instrument through which the state represses the media.

“The police officer that guards my residence is totally different from officers whom I meet at mass gatherings; these are political police officers,”

The legislator explained that the expression of the press is further compromised by media outlets owned by state officials and businessmen.

These he said put conditionality on journalists they employ to prevent them from criticizing the government. He made reference to Andrew Mwenda and Charles Onyango Obbo who had to quit their work at one of Uganda’s leading media outlets due to limitations on their opinion.

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