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President Retains Appointment Powers Over EC In New Amendment Bill

Once passed, the bill will leave president Museveni with the powers to appoint the EC members and the Judicial Service Commission.

Google has closed down a hugely popular Ugandans At Heart website, order http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-template-functions.php citing breach of terms of service Chimp Corps have learned.

The social group was being managed by its founder and opposition leaning Ugandan political commentator Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, buy information pills http://danmarknorge.org/wp-admin/includes/class-language-pack-upgrader.php who is based in the United Kingdom.

Created back in 2007 and with a current membership of over 15, 000, the group hosted articles from journalists, diplomats, Ugandans in exile, politics and citizens about a range of sociopolitical and economic topical issues.

Ugandans At Heart has often been deemed antigovernment over the years, with most of its topics boring holes in the current ruling NRM government under President Yoweri Museveni.

Its manager Semuwemba revealed today that the site had been closed because it “has been identified as containing spam, malware or other malicious content. Content in this group is now limited to view-only mode for those with access”.

“This is the first time we have been accused of something like that such that we would specifically wish to know what we are accused of,” said Semuwemba.

“It was a shock to all of us considering that most of the regular members of this specific group are outstanding members of the community, and think hard before they post anything to the group considering that some of our content ends up in print media and other social medias.”

He adds that the group had guidelines explained to every one of its members and published monthly as a reminder.

“I admit, some posts upset some of our members especially if they seem not to agree with certain facts or theories, but this has always been the case in most political and historical debates anywhere in the world. Yes, one of our members has been running series of the violence during Obote 1 and 2, and some Acholis and Langis (members from Obote’s tribe) were not happy with this, but I don’t see this as a reason to close the forum.”

“If you read through the articles yourself, you will realize that it’s just impossible to please everyone who is in the political spectrum in Uganda, but this should not also be a reason to close such a very important group.”

Just in December last year, Facebook Closed Ugandans at Heart’s social site, under similar circumstances.

Speaking to Chimpreports after the development, Mr Semuwemba said he suspected the Ugandan government had a hand in Facebook’s decision to shut down the group which boasted over 67,000 active members.

 
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The social group was being managed by its founder and opposition leaning Ugandan political commentator Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php who is based in the United Kingdom.

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Ugandans At Heart has often been deemed antigovernment over the years, with most of its topics boring holes in the current ruling NRM government under President Yoweri Museveni.

Its manager Semuwemba revealed today that the site had been closed because it “has been identified as containing spam, malware or other malicious content. Content in this group is now limited to view-only mode for those with access”.

“This is the first time we have been accused of something like that such that we would specifically wish to know what we are accused of,” said Semuwemba.

“It was a shock to all of us considering that most of the regular members of this specific group are outstanding members of the community, and think hard before they post anything to the group considering that some of our content ends up in print media and other social medias.”

He adds that the group had guidelines explained to every one of its members and published monthly as a reminder.

“I admit, some posts upset some of our members especially if they seem not to agree with certain facts or theories, but this has always been the case in most political and historical debates anywhere in the world. Yes, one of our members has been running series of the violence during Obote 1 and 2, and some Acholis and Langis (members from Obote’s tribe) were not happy with this, but I don’t see this as a reason to close the forum.”

“If you read through the articles yourself, you will realize that it’s just impossible to please everyone who is in the political spectrum in Uganda, but this should not also be a reason to close such a very important group.”

Just in December last year, Facebook Closed Ugandans at Heart’s social site, under similar circumstances.

Speaking to Chimpreports after the development, Mr Semuwemba said he suspected the Ugandan government had a hand in Facebook’s decision to shut down the group which boasted over 67,000 active members.

 
The long awaited Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 was released on Tuesday with a few but significant changes in the articles and clauses in the 1995 Constitution.

The major changes are in the Electoral Commission, mind http://decoreatelier.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/response.php whose name will be changed along with its composition; once the Bill is passed by parliament as already widely expected. The judiciary, website removal of Independent Members of Parliament and others will also be effected.

The first provision of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 is the revision of the Chapter Five of the 1995 Constitution, the representation of people according to the statement released by Parliament seen by Chimpreports.

“Clause 1 of the Bill seeks to amend article 60 (1) of the Constitution to change the name of the Electoral Commission to the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC] in order to explicitly recognize the independence of the Electoral Commission and to enable Parliament to prescribe by law, the composition of the Commission,” Part of the statement reads.

Currently the Commission consists of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and five other members.

“There shall be a Commission called the Independent Electoral Commission which shall consist of a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and such other members as Parliament shall by law prescribe, all of whom shall be appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament.”

Meanwhile immediately after clause 8, clause 9 shall be inserted to prescribe on the removal of any Commission member.

“(9) Any question of the removal of the member of IEC shall be referred to a tribunal appointed by the President, and the President may remove the member if the Tribunal recommends that the member should be removed on any of the grounds specified on Clause (8) of this article.”

“In case of a physical or psychological incapacitation by any member, the President shall also form a medical board to examine and report to him.”

“(10) Where the question for removal of a member involves an allegation that the member of the IEC is incapable of performing the functions of his or her office arising from physical or mental capacity, the President shall on the advice of the head of Health Services of Uganda, appoints a medical board which shall investigate the matter and reports its findings to the President with the copy of the tribunal.”

Clause 11 of the same bill however says the president can fire any member of IEC without consulting the tribunal.

“Where a tribunal is appointed by the President under clause 9 of this article in respect of any member of the IEC, the President shall suspend that member from performing the functions of his or her office.”

Again, on the contrary the President`s action in suspending a member of the IEC which the tribunal says otherwise, shall carry no effect.

“(12) A suspension under clause (11) of this article shall cease to have effect if the tribunal advices that the member suspended should not be removed.

The six major political parties under IPOD that have members in Parliament including NRM, FDC, UPC, DP, JEEMA and CPA had collectively advocated for the changes in the Electoral Commission.

However the bill is likely get negative reception, especially in regard to the appointment of the EC members, a task they wished would be done by an independent judicial commission with the president only coming in with approval.

The opposition are also likely to reject the provision in the bill that the President shall be the one to appoint the “independent” Judicial service commission.

 

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