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Presidential Debate: Why NRM is Uncomfortable With Shaka Ssali

Shaka Ssali addressing press yesterday ahead of Saturday's Presidential Debate

Youth under the association of Youth Liberation Front (YLF) have stormed Buganda Road court in protest of the delayed ruling in the case of battered WBS Journalist Andrew Lwanga.

Led by their coordinator Robinson Wabulembo, price http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-includes/ms-blogs.php the activists blamed various government organs for the violation of journalists’ rights and blocking them from performing their duties

“We call upon the government to come up and punish their officers who participate in the violation of Human Rights. We shall not sit back as people’s rights are violated,” said Wabulembo.

He said Police and government must ensure that Lwanga gets the required treatment as soon as possible before he develops other complications.

Lwanga was assaulted by Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye while covering a youth activist’s procession in Kampala.

He recently told reporters at court that the January 2015 assault in which his back bone was injured has since left him a beggar.

“It’s been painful every single day. I have become a problem to everyone around me. I feel bad seeing my colleagues out there working when I am sitting helplessly at home,” he said.

Lwanga’s colleagues have started up a fundraising drive dubbed Save Andrew, to raise USD 50,000 (about Shs 170million to facilitate an operation on his nervous system abroad.)

Activists are concerned that the case in which Mwesigye is accused of assaulting Lwanga and damaging two cameras has not proceeded due to failure of the state witness to appear in court

Buganda Road chief magistrate James Ereemye has adjourned the hearing of this case up to February 29.

Meanwhile, Lwanga’s family has called upon the general public to continue providing support to Lwanga to enable him raise the required amount of money (USD 50,000) for an operation abroad

“The delayed trial of this case has affected us a lot in all ways since we have seen magistrates sitting in this case being transferred,” Jennifer Lwanga, a family member, revealed on Thursday.

All people with financial support can send it to the mobile numbers of Andrew’s mother-    0782012279 or 0782521543 ?or Account number 1035100839726 in Equity Bank under the name Andrew Lwanga Kisegerwa.
There’s only hours to the second and last presidential candidates televised debate for the oncoming general elections, discount http://curiousmediums.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/export.php and many Ugandans are rubbing hands in anticipation.

The debate is slated for Saturday February 13 at the Kampala Serena Conference Center, troche http://chompdigital.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-delete-media-v1-1-endpoint.php 29 days after the first one.

The second debate a few days ago got pumped up when President Museveni announced that he will be partaking and battling his contenders live on stage.

The President missed the first session, http://cosmeticluxus.com/wp-admin/includes/translation-install.php claiming that his campaign schedule – at that time in western Uganda – was too tight. He was later to dismiss the entire concept of the presidential debate as “a talking competition” which is only for school children.

The excitement however, that Museveni will be debating in the second round was short-lived on Thursday afternoon after the organizers announced once of the moderators as Shaka Ssali, a celebrated Uganda journalist who hosts Straight Talk Africa on the Voice of America in Washington DC.

Dr Shaka who is already in the country, will be hosting the show alongside journalist and political analyst Joel Sserunkuma Kibazo and Suzie Muwanga.

The National Resistance Movement immediately expressed reservations on the idea, noting that Shaka is a known anti-Museveni person who cannot fairly conduct such a debate.

The NRM asked the debate organizers the Inter -Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) to replace Dr Shaka Ssali with someone else

Mike Sebalu, the spokesperson of the NRM Campaign Task force together with the party’s legal team reportedly raised this concern to the organizers, along with other preconditions for the incumbent candidate to show up at the debate.

Shaka Ssali has both on his show and in interviews elsewhere openly confronted President Museveni, accusing him of imposing himself on Uganda and doing little to transform the country.

In July last year in an interview with Video Journalist Paul Ndiho, Shaka said that while some Ugandans believe Museveni has in the last three decades made a number of accomplishments, his main role has been tying the country to poverty and corruption.

“Some people will argue that since 1986 (Museveni) has restored a sense of stability, he has built some roads, and the economy has grown at least statistically, but honestly if you go to Uganda, you don’t see those statistics reflected in the stomachs of people,” he said.

“I have also talked to many people and they have actually told me, in their words that as far as they are concerned, perhaps the most important accomplishment that the Museveni government has achieved in the last 30 years is the institutionalization of corruption and impunity.”

Mr Shaka argues that although there is evidence that President Museveni is liked by “ordinary people,” “he suffers from a pathological fear of fair competition.”

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