Election 2016

Presidential Debate Organizers Dismiss Shaka’s Gag Claims

Dr Shaka Ssali (C) says IRCU ordered him not to ask any questions to Museveni

A four month old baby in Hoima district has been admitted in critical condition at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital after he was attacked by a baboon in Bukinda village, about it http://cousinscandy.net/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/view.json.php Kyangwali Sub-county.

The child named Steven Kyaligonza is the son of one Steven Kaben and Specioza Kaben both residents of Kyangwali.

The victim’s mother explains that her child was attacked by the primate yesterday afternoon as he was sleeping on the veranda. She says she was inside to pick a saucepan.

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The baboon grabbed the toddler and fled with it to the bush. Mrs Kaben said as she came out she saw the beast running away with her child.

She made an alarm that attracted residents who mounted a search for the toddler.

By the time the child was rescued, http://checkhimout.ca/wp-includes/class-snoopy.php that animal had torn his abdomen leaving the intestines exposed. The child also had severe injuries on the head, arm and buttocks.
The Citizens’ Elections Observers Network-Uganda (CEON-U) yesterday released its final pre-elections report which indicated an increase in voter education, order http://dasturkb.kz/components/com_k2/templates/default/item.php but also voter bribery.

The report was released by CEON-U Chairperson, physician http://crystalhills.org/crystalhills.org/media/widgetkit/widgets/twitter/styles/single/template.php Livingstone Ssewanyana during a media briefing at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

With the Election Day only hours away, CEON-U has deployed its systematically-trained observers across the country to promote participation, deter fraud and impartially assess the process.

Ssewanyana observed that despite the Electoral Commission and civil society preparing well for Election Day, CEON-U has identified several risk factors, including significant increase in voter bribery, which demands attention from all stakeholders as the elections approach.

“CEON-U also used data from its long-term observation to identify 10 hot-spot constituencies, where we will deploy more than 200 observers to help deter fraud and mitigate violence,” Ssewanyana said.

These constituencies are; Rukiga County, Fort Portal Municipality, Bunyole West county, Tororo Municipality, Jinja Municipality West, Lamwo County, Kumi County, Mukono County South, Bwamba County and Vuura in Arua.

CEON-U has been observing the pre-election period since September 2015 with 223 long-term observers (LTOs) across all 112 districts. In the past week (February 8 –14), CEON-U’s LTOs noted a number of issues which could affect the conduct of the election.

“Voter information activities increased since previous weeks, with 94% of observers reporting voter information campaigns in their constituencies. This increase is encouraging, since it is critical that voters have information about where, when and how to vote, particularly given the introduction of the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS).”

“As campaigns ramped up this past week, voter bribery also increased. It was reported in 53% of the constituencies observed. This was particularly the case among NRM parliamentary candidate agents,with 48% of observers reporting such activities. Voter bribery was highest in Mid Western (78%reported vote buying) and West Nile (62% reported vote buying) regions.

The report indicates that there has been an increase in deployment of security agents in advance of elections, as reported by 28% of observers.  However, no intimidation or violence by security agents was reported.

The campaign environment the past week was mainly peaceful this past week, with only 2% of observers reporting attacks on campaign rallies.

However, hate speech based on ethnicity, gender and religion continued to be reported in approximately 10% of constituencies observed.
The Interreligious Council of Uganda has come out to dismiss claims by Washington based Ugandan journalist Dr Shaka Ssali that he was restrained during last weekend’s, erectile http://chienyenthinh.com/components/com_weblinks/weblinks.php presidential candidates debate; from asking the tough questions.

Dr Shaka, website http://cerlalc.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-post-endpoint.php whose selection to moderate the second round of the debate was met with concerns from the camp of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, said he regretted having accepted to take up this task.

Ssali told NBS Television last evening that upon arrival; he was given directives by the organizers of the event to not direct any questions to President Museveni.

He added that if he had known about this kind of arrangement he would not have boarded the plane from Washington.

At one point during the course of the debate, Shaka said he felt an irresistible urge to “go for” President Museveni, “but in the interest of IRCU and  Ugandans as well as democracy,” he let it go.

He also claimed that Museveni was handed by the council the list of the questions he would be asked.

A visibly unhappy Shaka observed during the show that in the event that President Museveni is reelected, “Ugandans will have more of the same” but if Kizza Besigye won there would be a new dynamic.

This morning the organizers of the debate IRCU dismissed Shaka’s claims as false, noting that there was no such arrangement.

The in Council responded vaguely on Wednesday, “It is not true; no deal was made to favor any candidate above others.”

IRCU also dismissed claims that the NRM candidate was given questions prior the debate.


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