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Refugees in Uganda Hit 460,000 Mark

Uganda is currently hosting 466,375 refugees, more than any time in the country's history

Rwanda President Paul Kagame’s third term bid has attracted resistance with one of the opposition political parties in the country taking the matter to the Supreme Court., advice http://chipinhead.com/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-sockets.php Chimp Corps report.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) announced Thursday its decision to file a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, more about http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets/googleplus-badge.php “demanding the court to block Parliament from changing the constitution in regard to the lifting of presidential term limits (Art 101).”

DGPR President Frank Habineza quoted Article 101 of the constitution which stipulates that: “The President of the Republic is elected for a term of seven years renewable only once, http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-api.php ” adding, “Under no circumstances shall a person hold the office of President of Republic for more than two terms.”

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Several groups of people across Rwanda have since petitioned Parliament to lift the term limits clause to enable Kagame serve another term in office.

They claim Kagame has executed his assignments as president effectively and that he needs more time to consolidate his achievements thus keeping Rwanda on the right path of transformation.

After receiving the petitions, the President of the Senate, Hon Bernard Makuza recently declared that, “It is the right for any Rwandans to express their opinion which is one way of demonstrating that they clearly understand what their rights and responsibilities are.”

Makuza said Parliament will in June sit to decide on the controversial constitutional amendments.

Habineza said DGPR strongly believes that Article 193 does not allow the change of term limits from the stated two to any other number.

“The Article only allows a reduction or an increase on the lengths of the term of office, which in this case is seven (7) years. This can be reduced to either five or be increased from seven to any other number for example eight (8),” said Habineza.

Article, 193 states that, ‘…if the constitutional amendment concerns the term of the President of the Republic…., the amendment must be passed by referendum….’

Habineza’s party asked the Supreme Court to order the Rwandan Parliament “not to change Article 101 of the Constitution and to confirm that no referendum is required for those wishing to remove term limits from the Constitution.”

DGPR wants the highest court in the country to confirm that Article 193 does not allow the amendment of Article 101 regarding the number of terms of office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda; and that Article 101 is Intangible and cannot be changed by a referendum.

The political organisation further called for an in-depth interpretation of Article 101 and 193 of the Constitution.
The UN Refugee Agency has begun distributing shirts, rx http://centroilponte.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-users-list-table.php trousers, viagra jackets and more to refugees in Uganda after receiving the 10-millionth item of donated clothing from Japanese retailer Fast Retailing, information pills which operates casual apparel brand UNIQLO.

The first distribution took place at Old Kampala Primary School and is set to be followed by more distributions in the coming weeks to tens of thousands of mostly Congolese and South Sudanese refugees across the country.

There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air as 721 urban refugee households arrived to receive their items.

Many refugees in Uganda struggle to make ends meet with the majority of their money having to go on rent and food and other essential items.

Little is left over for buying clothes, which can have a real impact on their health and self-esteem.

“When the children see other children well-dressed, they feel ashamed. It’s also very bad for their health. Wearing the same clothes every day brings dust and bacteria. The kids were so happy to hear that they will be getting new clothes”, said a 44-year-old male refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“UNHCR is very grateful for this donation from Fast Retailing, which will provide some much needed relief,” said UNHCR Representative to Uganda Neimah Warsame.

“With Uganda currently hosting 466,375 refugees, more than any time in the country’s history, this contribution could not have been better timed. These clothes will have a real, tangible impact by protecting children from the cold and empowering families to live in dignity,” he added.

“This initiative shows that when companies step forward in the spirit of collaboration, they can help make a meaningful difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees.”

South Sudan’s ongoing conflict began in December 2013 and has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country.

Some 119,000 people are sheltered in UN compounds there while the Organization estimates that the number of people in need for 2015 will include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a projected 293,000 refugees.

In recent weeks, however, the fighting in the country has worsened considerably, with reports of widespread killings, rapes, abductions and the burning and destruction of towns and villages, particularly throughout South Sudan’s Unity state.

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