Organizations that applied to join Amama Mbabazi’s petition in the Supreme Court have been accused of being biased, malady http://chachanova.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-importer.php partisan and thus not qualifying for amicus curiae.
About 8 organizations including Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), ambulance Chapter Four, Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Transparency International filed their application on March 10.
These participated in election observation under umbrella frameworks; Citizens Election Observers Network (CEON) and Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU).
The applicants were faulted on grounds of dwelling on election observation rather than legal expertise required for the petition.
Herbert Byenkya, a respondent lawyer representing Yoweri Museveni submitted that the applicants must possess structural material that’s relevant to court.
“We are not here to discuss the scope of the election observation. These applicants are in the wrong place,” he said.
Byenkya also cited the relationship between one of the applicants (Crispy Kaheru of CEON) and Kizza Besigye who is part of the democratic alliance (TDA). In his view, the relationship creates bias.
The applicants were also pinned for making statements in the past that portray the Electoral Commission as incapable of delivering a free and fair election.
“These organizations have previously produced reports saying that the EC is not independent enough to deliver a credible election. This would imply that while they set out to observe the elections, they already had drawn conclusions,” Byenkya said.
Similarly, the Attorney General represented by Mwesigwa Rukutana and McDusman Kabega who represents the EC asked court to dismiss the application.
“The applicant brings nothing useful to court to assist it in determining issues. However, these organizations can become witnesses by signing affidavits,” said Rukutana.
The applicants’ lawyers however insisted that the organizations possess valuable expertise to aid in the resolution of issues before court. They argued that the relevance of observers in an election petition is critical, making reference to former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki’s use of observers’ Reports in 2001 and 2006 petitions.
“Our prayer is that court disregards extraneous issues like blood relations, mere statements and focus on factual submissions before it. The statements these organizations made in the past were in no regard to this petition,” said Nicholas Opio, a lawyer of the applicants.
Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has sent out a plea to the government and all stakeholders to come on board and assist the national team, advice http://celstec.biz/wp-content/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/classes/yarpp_meta_box_display_web.php Cranes in ensuring they secure a chartered plane for travelling to Burkina Faso for the upcoming 2017 Afcon qualifiers.
The Cranes play the West Africans two matches in a space of four days with the first coming on Saturday 26th March away at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou and the return leg at Namboole three days later.
“Fufa is engaging government for support to acquire a chartered plane to take the team to Burkina Faso and immediately back after the game to prepare for the return leg, illness ” Fufa president Eng. Moses Magogo told media during the weekly press conference held on Wednesday at Fufa house in Mengo.
The president added that the Burkina Faso contingent is expected to land in Uganda on Sunday and they have already booked Sheraton Hotel in Kampala as their proposed residence.
In 2015, President Museveni through the State House kitty supported the Cranes to a tune of over UgX 1.5 Bn which included a chartered plane to Togo for the successful world cup preliminary round of qualifiers.; a result which the Fufa president believes can be replicated if the team gets a similar treat.
“We got good results against Togo because of adequate preparations. The same results can be acquired against Burkina Faso if accorded same support,” Magogo added.
Uganda is currently leading group D with six points, three ahead of Botswana and Burkina Faso who have three each. Only the top team in the pools makes it to the Finals in Gabon in 2017.
The leader of the Forum for Integrity and Leadership, pills http://cerlalc.org/wp-includes/ms-default-constants.php Mr Emmanuel Tumusiime has crossed to the NRM from the opposition and endorsed the presidential candidature of Yoweri Museveni.
The development comes at a time when the NRM is gaining more ground as more people continue to pour in on Museveni’s rallies.
As Museveni campaigned in different parts of Wakiso including Entebbe on Wednesday, symptoms http://dangerdame.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/jetpack.php several supporters of Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye defected to the NRM.
Some members of the NRM Poor Youth who hitherto campaigned for Mbabazi also rallied behind the NRM candidate.
Museveni ended the day in Entebbe Municipality where he revealed that government is building the six-lane Entebbe Express highway which will ease transport in the area.
The other roads to be tarmacked are Busega-Mpigi which will be six-lane, http://cmlsociety.org/wp-includes/class-wp-http-ixr-client.php Kampala-Busunjju, Kampala-Bombo, Seeta-Namugongo-Wakiso and Mpigi-Nakawuka-Kisubi.
Museveni said Entebbe Airport is to be expanded to ease traffic on the busy highway.
It was at this rally that Tumusiime praised Museveni, saying he is the right man to lead the country. He said Museveni has the best vision for the country.
Museveni urged residents of Entebbe to be hardworking and chase poverty from their homesteads.
“The government will support wealth creation plans through the wanainchi funds. Naads will now get Shs 1,000 billion up from Shs 200b, the Youth Fund will get Shs 234b, the same amount will go to the Women Fund while the Microfinance scheme will get Shs180 billion,” said Museveni.
The presidential election is set for February 18.