Parliament to Support Climate Change Campaign

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga.

Police in the eastern district of Bigiri has unconventionally allowed the Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] leadership to proceed with a rally in the town despite earlier restrictions.

The opposition party presidential flag bearer Col Kizza Besigye  made a “mysterious” entry into Bugiri town, about it dodging heavy police deployment along the road.

Busoga East RPC Ashraf Chemonges had earlier this week warned on different radio stations that FDC’s planned rallies were unlawful as party leaders did not liaise with police as required by law.

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Besigye promised victory to his supporters in Bugiri

Besigye promised victory to his supporters in Bugiri

He further warned that any attempts to hold the rallies forcefully would attract the intervention of police as campaign activities have been restricted by the Electoral Commission until the nomination of presidential candidates in November.

Dr. Kizza-Besigye however, illness who is insistent that as a registered political party, ask FDC is legally mandated to mobilise without restrictions, lead his team to the Bugiri rally.

Besigye with FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi at the district party offices

Besigye with FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi at the district party offices

This was preceded by opening of the the district mobilization office which was witnessed by the FDC Secretary General Hon. Nathan Nandala-Mafabi and other party leaders.

Later on Police agreed with the opposition leaders to hold their rally in the afternoon, outside of the office and not in taxi park as had earlier been planned.

While addressing the hundreds that showed up, Dr Besigye promised that come next year, the ruling NRM party and President Yoweri Museveni would be booted out of government.

Kids catch a glimpse of Dr Besigye on arrival

Kids catch a glimpse of Dr Besigye on arrival

“We are going to win this election by defying the dictator, not by complying with him,” he said. “He cannot confront people who are determined to reclaim their dignity and citizenship. He cannot defeat an idea of people who are committed.

By publication however, Besigye had not been cleared to proceed to Tororo as per they day’s program.


The Speaker of Parliament, information pills Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, about it has said that the house will discuss the climate change campaign in their next sitting.

This she said on Friday, during a meeting with Stephane Gompertz, the Ambassador for Climate in Africa and Middle East from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in France.

H.E. Gompertz, requested for the support and participation of Uganda in the upcoming 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), to be held in Paris from November 30,2015 to December 11, 2015.

According to Gompertz, the target of the Conference is to limit the rise of global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the Century.

This is because of the effects of climate change being felt in Uganda in terms of floods and dry spells as well other countries.

“Member states are urged to come up with an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) which summarizes the country’s intentions regarding the fight against climate change,” Gompertz said.

“This would cater for mitigation of Greenhouse Gases, while the other is adaption to help people cope with the consequences in Climate Change,” he added.

Gompertz further expressed his appreciation to Parliament for the work done in mounting pressure on the government in the fight against Climate Change.

He requested that Uganda’s contribution should be ready by the beginning of October 2015.

“Uganda’s support is needed to review these contributions and see that they are implemented,” he said.

Information from Parliament reveals that Kadaga who promised that the issue will be debated in the house said, “We shall push our contribution to the President and select a team of Parliamentarians to attend the Convention.”

She added that Parliament would also push for the implementation of the national tree-planting project that was initiated by the National Forestry Authority.

The Conference of Parties is held annually with the intention of reviewing the implementation of the Rio Convention at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

The Convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of Greenhouse Gases.


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