Opposition Disagree With New Electoral Bills

Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu

Three Ugandan students will have a chance to study oil and gas courses in China after they scooped scholarships from the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Uganda.

CNOOC Uganda Limited, dosage http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-twitter-cards.php in a bid to equip Ugandans with advanced skills in the Oil and Gas industry, online awarded the students with scholarships to pursue Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees in Petroleum related courses at the University of Petroleum –Huadong.

The  major player in Uganda’s Oil and Gas Sector on Monday held a dinner to send off the winners of their Scholarship Program.

The dinner was attended by various stakeholders from the public and private sectors as well as CNOOC Limited’s management and employees.

Speaking at the dinner, find Jin Weigen the Vice President of CNOOC Uganda Limited said that as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities, CNOOC Uganda Limited in partnership with the Chinese Embassy in Uganda offers opportunities in higher education to Ugandan nationals.

“This program is a part of CNOOC Limited efforts to increase the national content participation in the Oil and Gas industry as well as to improve their livelihoods,” he said.

Out of the 100 Ugandans that applied for this year’s program, three people emerged winners; with two of them winning scholarships to study the Bachelors’ Degree in Petroleum Engineering and one winning scholarships for the Masters’ Degree in Oil and Gas Engineering.

“The overwhelming number of applications we received for this year’s scholarship opportunity shows that there is a budding interest in the Oil and Gas sector amongst Ugandan nationals,” Jin said adding that CNOOC Limited’s commitment is therefore to support these students, who want to actively participate in the developing Oil and Gas Industry in Uganda.

Jin revealed that the scholarship winners are going to be fully supported by CNOOC Uganda Limited which will cater for their travel, tuition fees and living allowances.

“We believe that when our scholarship winners return to Uganda, they will take up active roles in the fast-growing Oil and Gas industry,” he added.

Isaac Vuciiri, one of the recipients of a scholarship for the Master’s Program in Oil and Gas Well Engineering expressed his excitement at the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the Oil and Gas industry.

Patrick Kabanda, one of the 2014 International Scholarship students won a prize in the Petro bowl Knowledge Competition which is an indication what they are dedicated to their studies and the good performance.

“I am excited about this opportunity and Ibelieve we need more local skilled laborers in the Uganda Oil and Gas industry therefore scholarship will give me the chance to be part of this workforce,” commented Lucy Kaahwa from Hoima District, who won the 2016 International scholarship for a Bachelors’ Degree in Petroleum Engineering.

The Guest of Honor,Ernest Rubondo, the Acting Director, Directorate of Petroleum ,commended CNOOC Limited for the initiative.

“It is important for Ugandans to learn about what is a new and viable industry in order to be able to take advantage of the employment opportunities therein. We also need Ugandans offering technical support to the international companies that are already operating in the oil and gas industry,” he added.
The opposition has disagreed with some of the critical clauses in the three new electoral amendment Bills that were brought to Parliament by the government.

Recently the Attorney General Fred Ruhindi laid on the floor of Parliament three amendment bills; the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, this site http://davepallone.com/wp-admin/includes/credits.php 2015; the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, information pills http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-includes/class-wp-user-meta-session-tokens.php 2015; and the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, troche http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/frontier-post/forms/frontier_post_form_list_theme.php 2015.

The Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to revise the nomination fees payable from Shs 8m to Shs 20m; to revise the facilitation provided for a presidential candidate from 20 to 100m; to remove the requirement for a candidate to campaign in every district; to provide for polling to close at 4.00pm on polling day and to require the Electoral Commission to provide for persons engaged in electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas vote.

Meanwhile the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to revise the nomination fees; provide for closure of polls at 4.00pm and to provide for persons engaged in the electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas to vote.

The Bills were hastily referred to the house committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs under the leadership of Hon Stephen Tashyoba.

The opposition members on Monday presented their views to the committee members at Parliament.

Led by their leader WafulaOguttu, the MPs opposed the raising of nomination fees for both presidential and parliamentary candidates as proposed in the presidential and parliamentary amendment bills.

Presenting the proposals before the committee at parliament, Wafula said that nominations fees should not be made exorbitant as it will deny a chance to those who would like to offer an alternative to the voters.

The opposition has also proposed that Ugandans living in Diaspora be facilitated to participate in the national elections since they contribute to the national economy.

They also suggest that polling agents be paid by the parliamentary candidates and not the electoral commission.


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