Election 2016

Prof Ndebesa Warns of Possible Election Violence in 2016

President Museveni has hosted the Cranes team at his Soroti State Lodge in a bid to congratulate them for winning the CECAFA tournament.

The President, medical http://cellar433.com/wp-includes/user.php who has a busy schedule including campaigns and a series of meetings, this web spared sometime and met the team which he said had done well in flying the Ugandan flag high as well as selling the country to the outside world.

“Right now I am busy with campaigns and other meetings but I will get some time in Kampala, we meet and talk,” Museveni told the team led by State Minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi, FUFA President Moses Magogo and the Cranes tactician Milutin Micho.

The team later officially presented the trophy they won in Ethiopia over the weekend to the president before asking them to be treated to a state lunch.

The Cranes beat their fellow East African country Rwanda one nil thanks to a goal by Caesar Okuthi’s first goal that saw Uganda lift the trophy for the 14th time in a championship hosted by Ethiopia.

Museveni with Mr Universe - Ivan Byekwaso

Museveni with Mr Universe – Ivan Byekwaso

Meanwhile, president Museveni used the opportunity to meet Ivan Byekwaso who recently won the INBA Natural Universe bodybuilding Championships in Austin Texas.

Byekwaso has since been crowned Mr. Universe 2015.

“Your Excellency, I present to you the championship I own recently in USA , a  shield that  former California  governor  actor Arnold Schwarzenegger once won,” Byekwaso told the President.

Cranes captain Farouk Miya (R) with the trophy

Cranes captain Farouk Miya (R) with the trophy

Museveni exchanges pleasantries with Micho

Museveni exchanges pleasantries with Micho

Makerere University historian Prof. Mwambusya Ndebesa has said the continued securitization of politics in Uganda as a major hindrance to peaceful general polls come 2016.

The Makerere political science don said there is visible participation of security agencies on the electoral arena which creates fear among the electorate and could trigger violence.

“There’s less neutrality of security organs, look http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/option.php the state is recruiting crime preventers, healing in addition to RDCs, DISOs, ISOs and the army is taking part in partisan politics. And this is done under the guise of preventing an ‘existential threat’.”

In his keynote address at a forum on fostering peaceful general elections held at Golf Course Hotel on Tuesday, Prof. Ndebesa observed that Uganda’s political landscape lacks shared norms and values to facilitate coherence.

The forum held at Kampala Golf Course Hotel on Tuesday was organized by Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) and the Uganda Law Society.

“Ugandans don’t trust the Electoral Commission, they don’t believe that President Museveni can handover power, neither do they trust the army to pay allegiance to another President,” he said.

Ndebesa mentioned that lack of trust breeds uncertainty and anything could happen where there’s a trigger.

The EC Secretary Sam Rwakoojo on Tuesday assured that the electoral body is fully prepared to conduct free and fair elections.

He said the compilation of the new register with verified particulars of voters was a big step towards achieving a transparent electoral exercise in 2016.

The debate comes at a time when police are under fire from both local and international human rights watchdogs for reportedly being partisan and using excessive force to crush dissent.

Police speak out

Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura has since responded to the Amnesty International report, saying “far from being an objective analysis of the events and situations mentioned, it can only be described as a partisan, propaganda statement, clearly intended to depict the Police in very negative light for reasons that can only be described as sinister.“

He said the mandate of the Police of keeping law and order, as well as the obligations of organizers of public events under the Public Order Management Act and other laws are hardly mentioned and taken into account in their report.

Meanwhile, dissecting the internal dynamics within political parties, Prof. Ndebesa argues these organisations lack the moral authority to consolidate their errant supporters.

“Every party today has factions within it from NRM, FDC, DP, UPC. How then can such a party without the capacity to put their house in order be able to rally its national supporters?”

Ruth Sebatindira, the chairperson Uganda Law Society told journalists on the sidelines of the forum that violence intimidates citizens and acts as a barrier to a free election.

“This dialogue with security agencies is to rally them to apply a human rights approach during the elections. However politicians must also play their role in respecting the role,” she noted.

Ndebesa said the international community and the judiciary are more likely to overlook the irregularities in consideration of eventual security implications.


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