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NRM Writes to Kayihura on Mbabazi District Meetings

Amama Mbabazi

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Similarly, the number of transactions has increased from 28.8 million in December 2010 to 496.2 million in December 2014, while the value of transactions rose from Shs 962.7 billion in December 2010 to Shs 24,050.2 billion in December 2014.

So far six Mobile Money platforms are in the market, following the 2013 acquisition of Warid Telecom by Airtel which saw Airtel Money and WaridPesa merging into Airtel Money.

The platforms are MTN Mobile Money, M Cash, M Sente , Airtel Money, Ezee Money and Orange Money. These hold their escrow accounts in Stanbic, Equity, Centenary and Standard Chattered Banks.

Mobile Money, which started off six years ago mainly as a person to person domestic remittance service has since evolved to enable remote purchase of airtime, payment of utility bills, payment of school fees, bulk payments such as salaries, payment of television subscription fees, international remittances, and savings.

Despite the rapid growth and relief ushered in money transfer, the central Bank highlighted in the report some challenges hindering Mobile Money, among them inadequate laws that would for instance provide for non-banks to be allowed to independently join the business.

At the moment all mobile money service providers must partner with licensed financial institutions, which then apply for BOU’s approval to offer mobile money services.

The report also noted the challenge of fraud and information systems security regarding the mobile money operations.

Cases have been reported involving Mobile Money company workers manipulating the systems to fraudulently generate e-money onto their own accounts.

Bank of Uganda projects that in the new future, Mobile Money will become an integral part of the national payment system, and thus its strict regulation must be highly prioritized.

Fortunately, the Bank of Uganda Act is being amended to grant the Central Bank powers to regulate and supervise the payment systems. In addition, a National Payment Systems Legislation is being developed.

The Central Bank is hopeful that once this legislation is enacted, payment service providers will be directly licensed by the Central Bank as payment operators.

 
Mobile Money transfer services have grown exponentially in the country with the total number of registered users now exceeding 18 million according to the latest information from Bank of Uganda.

Mobile Money which was pioneered in the country by MTN Uganda back in 2009, order http://chmfire.ca/scripts/language/finnish-iso-8859-1.php has significantly increased access to financial services especially in the rural areas.

According to the just released Annual Supervision Report by the Central Bank, the number of registered customers has grown by 17.1 million  [1016.6%] from 1.7 million in December 2010 to 18.8 million in December 2014. In last year’s report, the figure stood at 17.6 million.

Similarly, the number of transactions has increased from 28.8 million in December 2010 to 496.2 million in December 2014, while the value of transactions rose from Shs 962.7 billion in December 2010 to Shs 24,050.2 billion in December 2014.

So far six Mobile Money platforms are in the market, following the 2013 acquisition of Warid Telecom by Airtel which saw Airtel Money and WaridPesa merging into Airtel Money.

The platforms are MTN Mobile Money, M Cash, M Sente , Airtel Money, Ezee Money and Orange Money. These hold their escrow accounts in Stanbic, Equity, Centenary and Standard Chattered Banks.

Mobile Money, which started off six years ago mainly as a person to person domestic remittance service has since evolved to enable remote purchase of airtime, payment of utility bills, payment of school fees, bulk payments such as salaries, payment of television subscription fees, international remittances, and savings.

Despite the rapid growth and relief ushered in money transfer, the central Bank highlighted in the report some challenges hindering Mobile Money, among them inadequate laws that would for instance provide for non-banks to be allowed to independently join the business.

At the moment all mobile money service providers must partner with licensed financial institutions, which then apply for BOU’s approval to offer mobile money services.

The report also noted the challenge of fraud and information systems security regarding the mobile money operations.

Cases have been reported involving Mobile Money company workers manipulating the systems to fraudulently generate e-money onto their own accounts.

Bank of Uganda projects that in the new future, Mobile Money will become an integral part of the national payment system, and thus its strict regulation must be highly prioritized.

Fortunately, the Bank of Uganda Act is being amended to grant the Central Bank powers to regulate and supervise the payment systems. In addition, a National Payment Systems Legislation is being developed.

The Central Bank is hopeful that once this legislation is enacted, payment service providers will be directly licensed by the Central Bank as payment operators.

 
The NRM Secretary General, symptoms http://center4research.org/wp-includes/default-widgets.php Kasule Lumumba has written to the Police General Kale Kayihura, saying Amama Mbabazi lacks the mandate to hold district meetings on grounds that he is an aspiring presidential candidate who will seek the highest political office in the land on the ruling party’s ticket.

“Hon Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission that he intends to contest for president as an NRM flag-bearer is not only speculative but also illegal,” Lumumba wrote to the police boss on June 20.

She further stated that, “Hon Mbabazi has no Locus Standi to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag-bearer of the NRM political organisation and /or presidential aspirant under the PEA.”

According to the letter seen by ChimpReports on Tuesday, Lumumba was responding to Kayihura who had earlier asked for clarification on Mbabazi’s announcement that starting July, he would traverse the country to consult with his supporters as he plans to contest for president.

Last week, Police and the Electoral Commission (EC) urged Mbabazi to consult his party structures and also follow the relevant laws such as the Public Order Management Act before taking to the grassroots for consultations.

In response to Kayihura, Lumumba said “Hon Mbabazi’s aspirations as an aspiring candidate for president for the 2016 general elections have not been endorsed by NRM and are, therefore, illegal.”

Lumumba quoted Article 48 (2) of the NRM Constitution which provides that “the presidential candidates for NRM shall be selected by the National Conference from a candidate or candidates recommended to the National Conference by the National Executive Council pursuant to Article 13 (3)(6) of this Constitution.”

She went to cite Section 9 of the Presidential Elections Act which states that under the multi-party political system, nomination of candidates may be made by a registered political organisation or political party sponsoring a candidate or by a candidate standing for election as an independent candidate without being sponsored by a political organisation or political party.

“I have seen a copy of the document attached to Hon Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission dated June 16, stating that he intends to contest for “NRM presidential flag-bearer for the 2016 General elections and later for president in the 2016 general elections. Under Article 43 (10) of the NRM Constitution, it is the responsibility of the NRM Electoral Commission to organise and conduct elections within the organs of NRM,” said Lumumba.

“In conducting the said elections, the NRM electoral commission is enjoined to be fully conversant with NRM laws and regulations relating to elections and to ensure NRM complies with them and with approval of CEC make regulations for all elections under this Constitution.”

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But Mbabazi’s lawyers who include Fred Muwema last week wrote to the EC, saying, “An aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate before the nomination date.”

They further quoted the presidential Elections Act which states that, “while consulting under subsection (1), a presidential aspirant may carry our nationwide consultations, prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials; raise funds for his campaign through lawful means and convene meetings of National Delegates.”

On her part, Lumumba quoted the NRM Electoral Commission Primary Elections Regulations 2014, Regulation Number 2 which states that, “The NRM electoral commission is enjoined to issue a notice appointing days for nomination of aspirants/candidates and the place, time and hour for such nomination.”

She added: “In the case of a presidential flag-bearer, the NRM constitution in article 13 (3)f, enjoins the Central Executive Committee to recommend to the NEC, NRM candidates seeking nomination for office of presidential candidate for NRM.

Lumumba maintained that the NRM electoral EC can only nominate aspirants who have been recommended to the Nation Conference by NEC.

She said, “Mbabazi has not been recommended by either the CEC or NEC as a presidential aspirant,” adding, “To the best of my knowledge, the NRM Electoral Commission has not issued a notice appointing days for nomination of aspirants for presidential candidates.”

Lumumba stressed: “It follows, therefore that the aspirant Hon Mbabazi has not gone through the procedures prescribed under the said regulations to be introduced by NRM as an aspirant candidate.”

Section 10(7) of the presidential Elections Act provided that where under the multi-party political system a person is sponsored by a political organisation or political party, the nomination paper shall indicate that he/she is so sponsored stating the name and address of the political organisation or political party.

Mbabazi’s successor said, “Under no circumstances, there can an aspirant or candidate purport to seek the flag-bearer of a political organisation or political party introduce himself as such to the NEC.”

She opined that “Mbabazi’ self introduction to EC purporting to be an aspirant for office of president on NRM ticket is irregular and illegal as his aspirations have not been endorsed by the NRM in accordance with PEA and NRM Constitution.”

The latest development could give police more oral ammunition to block Mbabazi’s district assemblies.

Lumumba said the NRM has not yet issued its manifesto and/or any campaign materials.

“The materials which Hon Mbabazi is using in his consultations can only be personal materials not NRM materials,” she observed.

“It is important to note that an aspirant can also convene meetings of the national delegates and only a political party or organisation can have such delegates. As such in order to convene meetings of the national delegates of a political party or organisation, the aspirant must have the mandate of apolitical party. Currently, the NRM has not designated to anyone the position of presidential candidate. Hon Mbabazi is not an aspirant sponsored by the NRM political organisation within the meaning of the NRM constitution and the law,” she emphasised.

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