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SOMALIA: Uganda Loses Soldiers in Deadly Al Shabaab Attack

Uganda’s Deputy Chief of Defense Forces (D/CDF) and Inspector General of UPDF Lt Gen. Charles Angina inspects a parade by UPDF troops in Somalia on August 28 2015

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In a speech read on his behalf by the Prime Minister, http://clevelandheartlab.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-debugger.php Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Museveni revealed that many African youth had lost lives as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of employment opportunities in Europe.

“This is a painful lesson and we as leaders must think of a collective regional strategy to respond to unemployment including expanding the manufacturing sector capacity, promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and youth entrepreneurs,” Museveni said.

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This was revealed on Tuesday during the official opening of the 1st East African Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition 2015 (EAMBS’15) at Speke Resort Munyony, Kampala,

The President further urged the private sector to invest sufficient funds in research, technology and innovation.

He called on both the public and private sectors to come up with a regional research, technology and innovation network to serve as a vehicle for fostering collaborative research and transfer of technology into the sector.

Uganda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde during the same function hailed the EAC Secretariat, East African Business Council and the private sector for initiating the Manufacturing Business Summit.

She said the Summit creates a relevant regional platform for building partnerships for growth of cross-border businesses and also facilitate advocacy on the need to improve business environment for a competitive manufacturing sector.

Kyambadde urged the private sector in the region to bring on board the youth as part of the aggressive apprenticeships, internships and other skills development programs.

She further urged the region not to forget Political Federation as the ultimate goal of the East African Community, as well as peace and stability, which will be able to consolidate the gains that are were being made in the regional integration process.

The Secretary General of the EAC, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera urged Partner States’ governments to take some tough decisions so as to turn the region into one viable economic entity by eliminating all barriers to the factors of production in the bloc, active involvement and commitment to industrialization, and financing of technology transfer and innovation.

“Governments in the region should also be bold enough to undertake investments in those areas where the private sector are afraid to venture into, as well as use of public preferential treatment to support locally manufactured goods,” said the Secretary General.

 
Three people died on spot while 2 were critically injured following a nasty accident that happened at Kabaraga, pill http://compspoultry.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php a few kilometers along Kabale-Mbarara road on Monday evening.

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Kigere, 38 a resident of Kasese Town, was driving his two daughters in a white trailer truck, registration number, UAS955H/UAS285J when he failed to negotiate a corner and rolled down the valley at the ill-famed Kabalaga hill.

His other daughter believed to be 9 years old and a turn-boy only identified as Alfred were rushed to Kabale Referral Hospital in a critical condition.

Kigezi Regional Police Spokesman, Elly Maate says that the accident happened at 3pm as the deceased (Kigere) was heading to Kasese where he was taking his children for the 3rd school term.

The case is registered at Kabale police station under fatal accident TAR 135/2015.
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“This is a painful lesson and we as leaders must think of a collective regional strategy to respond to unemployment including expanding the manufacturing sector capacity, promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and youth entrepreneurs,” Museveni said.

This was revealed on Tuesday during the official opening of the 1st East African Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition 2015 (EAMBS’15) at Speke Resort Munyony, Kampala,

The President further urged the private sector to invest sufficient funds in research, technology and innovation.

He called on both the public and private sectors to come up with a regional research, technology and innovation network to serve as a vehicle for fostering collaborative research and transfer of technology into the sector.

Uganda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde during the same function hailed the EAC Secretariat, East African Business Council and the private sector for initiating the Manufacturing Business Summit.

She said the Summit creates a relevant regional platform for building partnerships for growth of cross-border businesses and also facilitate advocacy on the need to improve business environment for a competitive manufacturing sector.

Kyambadde urged the private sector in the region to bring on board the youth as part of the aggressive apprenticeships, internships and other skills development programs.

She further urged the region not to forget Political Federation as the ultimate goal of the East African Community, as well as peace and stability, which will be able to consolidate the gains that are were being made in the regional integration process.

The Secretary General of the EAC, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera urged Partner States’ governments to take some tough decisions so as to turn the region into one viable economic entity by eliminating all barriers to the factors of production in the bloc, active involvement and commitment to industrialization, and financing of technology transfer and innovation.

“Governments in the region should also be bold enough to undertake investments in those areas where the private sector are afraid to venture into, as well as use of public preferential treatment to support locally manufactured goods,” said the Secretary General.

 
The President of Uganda, erectile http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-includes/category-template.php Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said that many developing countries face the challenge of high and growing youth unemployment, cheap which if not addressed can potentially be a source of instability as has been the case in North Africa.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Museveni revealed that many African youth had lost lives as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of employment opportunities in Europe.

“This is a painful lesson and we as leaders must think of a collective regional strategy to respond to unemployment including expanding the manufacturing sector capacity, promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and youth entrepreneurs,” Museveni said.

This was revealed on Tuesday during the official opening of the 1st East African Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition 2015 (EAMBS’15) at Speke Resort Munyony, Kampala,

The President further urged the private sector to invest sufficient funds in research, technology and innovation.

He called on both the public and private sectors to come up with a regional research, technology and innovation network to serve as a vehicle for fostering collaborative research and transfer of technology into the sector.

Uganda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde during the same function hailed the EAC Secretariat, East African Business Council and the private sector for initiating the Manufacturing Business Summit.

She said the Summit creates a relevant regional platform for building partnerships for growth of cross-border businesses and also facilitate advocacy on the need to improve business environment for a competitive manufacturing sector.

Kyambadde urged the private sector in the region to bring on board the youth as part of the aggressive apprenticeships, internships and other skills development programs.

She further urged the region not to forget Political Federation as the ultimate goal of the East African Community, as well as peace and stability, which will be able to consolidate the gains that are were being made in the regional integration process.

The Secretary General of the EAC, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera urged Partner States’ governments to take some tough decisions so as to turn the region into one viable economic entity by eliminating all barriers to the factors of production in the bloc, active involvement and commitment to industrialization, and financing of technology transfer and innovation.

“Governments in the region should also be bold enough to undertake investments in those areas where the private sector are afraid to venture into, as well as use of public preferential treatment to support locally manufactured goods,” said the Secretary General.

 
FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi has rolled out the party’s strategy to take power in the 2016 elections, there http://demo.des.net.id/smpharapankita/wp-includes/deprecated.php citing a robust communication network among leaders; mobilisation of resources across the world; opening up offices in all districts of Uganda and a massive grassroots political education and mobilisation.

Mafabi said since he came to office on June 15, prescription http://cheaplikesfollowers.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php 2015, troche the Secretariat has been busy organizing FDC Presidential Flag bearer elections.

“The office of Secretary General halted a number of activities because it did not want to interfere with the Presidential candidates’ countrywide campaigns. Since this is now coming to an end, other programs are now going to be rolled out immediately,” said Mafabi.

He was speaking at the FDC National Delegates Conference taking place at Mandela National Stadium in the outskirts of Kampala city on Wednesday.

Offices  

“We thank the districts with functional offices. As a party, we want to operationalise all district offices by making a humble contribution of Shs 100,000 per month for rent,” said Mafabi.

“We shall need agreements a twelve months agreement between the FDC district branch and the land lords with advance payment of 6 months.  Those with already functional offices can use this fund in running the office.”

Mafabi urged all districts to open FDC District bank accounts for ease of transfer of money, adding, “The party has greatly suffered from dishonest people within our midst and therefore, we want to make all transactions through bank accounts. Those who can negotiate for less rental fees, the difference will be used for the day today work in the offices.”

Mafabi said the telephones he pledged are ready for collection but quickly added that “this is Party property and will therefore be managed by the District General Secretary. Guidelines on the usage of these phones have been communicated.”

He also observed that the party is in the process of withdrawing all old stamps, to replace them with new ones.

The firebrand FDC leader could not leave the podium without firing a salvo at the NRM which he accused of heavily monetising Uganda’s politics.

Wolves

“Colleagues, I implore all of us to get up and work extra hard so that we are able to salvage this country from human wolves!  NRM is using money to buy support amongst the population and using propaganda that they are very strong as we can all see, it is at its weakest,” said Mafabi.

“Let us use our energies and the little resources we have to interact with the population in our respective places. It is during these interactions that we can preach the message of change. The population is now ready to listen to us,” he added.

Primaries

The Party Electoral Commission will conduct Party‘s Primary Elections at all levels between September 2, 2015 and October 15, 2015.

Mafabi said the most significant political development in the opposition has been the grand political alliance known as The Democratic Alliance (TDA) which he said is an umbrella of all democracy-fostering organizations to which FDC subscribes.

“It is important to note that the decision to join TDA was discussed and passed in NEC. Through NEC, the Party committed itself to fulfill all the conditions and requirements in TDA’s Protocol,” said Mafabi.

TDA is expected to decide on the joint presidential candidate against the ruling party in the 2016 race.

He described FDC as a “home built on the foundations of unity, peace, reconciliation, prosperity, accountability, transparency, commitment, mutual respect, decency, trust and open discussion.’

The FDC Secretary General said through the department of Publicity and Information with the help of Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and other Partners, the political organisation obtained copies of the Party Constitution, Party Agenda, and Strategic Plan.

“We are also developing a Party Brochure and copies of simplified Policy Agenda booklets. These documents will be distributed to all districts so that people can know more about what FDC as a party,” said Mafabi.

The Secretary General promised to visit districts to meet and discuss with leaders about pertinent issues necessary for bringing cohesion in the party.

He said FDC will as well train the Youth and Women in leadership on how to articulate party values.

Mafabi went ahead to praise the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), Netherland Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), International Republican Institute (IRI) and The Conservative Party UK for their continued financial support to the party.

He also praised the Government of Uganda through the Electoral commission for obliging to the Party financing Act passed five years ago thus releasing Shs 1,163,522,013 to FDC.

Mafabi said, “These resources have greatly helped us in building of our party structures and implementing other party related activities.”
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“The office of Secretary General halted a number of activities because it did not want to interfere with the Presidential candidates’ countrywide campaigns. Since this is now coming to an end, other programs are now going to be rolled out immediately,” said Mafabi.

He was speaking at the FDC National Delegates Conference taking place at Mandela National Stadium in the outskirts of Kampala city on Wednesday.

Offices  

“We thank the districts with functional offices. As a party, we want to operationalise all district offices by making a humble contribution of Shs 100,000 per month for rent,” said Mafabi.

“We shall need agreements a twelve months agreement between the FDC district branch and the land lords with advance payment of 6 months.  Those with already functional offices can use this fund in running the office.”

Mafabi urged all districts to open FDC District bank accounts for ease of transfer of money, adding, “The party has greatly suffered from dishonest people within our midst and therefore, we want to make all transactions through bank accounts. Those who can negotiate for less rental fees, the difference will be used for the day today work in the offices.”

Mafabi said the telephones he pledged are ready for collection but quickly added that “this is Party property and will therefore be managed by the District General Secretary. Guidelines on the usage of these phones have been communicated.”

He also observed that the party is in the process of withdrawing all old stamps, to replace them with new ones.

The firebrand FDC leader could not leave the podium without firing a salvo at the NRM which he accused of heavily monetising Uganda’s politics.

Wolves

“Colleagues, I implore all of us to get up and work extra hard so that we are able to salvage this country from human wolves!  NRM is using money to buy support amongst the population and using propaganda that they are very strong as we can all see, it is at its weakest,” said Mafabi.

“Let us use our energies and the little resources we have to interact with the population in our respective places. It is during these interactions that we can preach the message of change. The population is now ready to listen to us,” he added.

Primaries

The Party Electoral Commission will conduct Party‘s Primary Elections at all levels between September 2, 2015 and October 15, 2015.

Mafabi said the most significant political development in the opposition has been the grand political alliance known as The Democratic Alliance (TDA) which he said is an umbrella of all democracy-fostering organizations to which FDC subscribes.

“It is important to note that the decision to join TDA was discussed and passed in NEC. Through NEC, the Party committed itself to fulfill all the conditions and requirements in TDA’s Protocol,” said Mafabi.

TDA is expected to decide on the joint presidential candidate against the ruling party in the 2016 race.

He described FDC as a “home built on the foundations of unity, peace, reconciliation, prosperity, accountability, transparency, commitment, mutual respect, decency, trust and open discussion.’

The FDC Secretary General said through the department of Publicity and Information with the help of Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and other Partners, the political organisation obtained copies of the Party Constitution, Party Agenda, and Strategic Plan.

“We are also developing a Party Brochure and copies of simplified Policy Agenda booklets. These documents will be distributed to all districts so that people can know more about what FDC as a party,” said Mafabi.

The Secretary General promised to visit districts to meet and discuss with leaders about pertinent issues necessary for bringing cohesion in the party.

He said FDC will as well train the Youth and Women in leadership on how to articulate party values.

Mafabi went ahead to praise the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), Netherland Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), International Republican Institute (IRI) and The Conservative Party UK for their continued financial support to the party.

He also praised the Government of Uganda through the Electoral commission for obliging to the Party financing Act passed five years ago thus releasing Shs 1,163,522,013 to FDC.

Mafabi said, “These resources have greatly helped us in building of our party structures and implementing other party related activities.”
11:57 am: Several FDC leaders contesting for the vacant National Executive Committee (NEC) positions are now campaigning before delegates.

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As soon he commences his speech, information pills http://creechsgarden.com/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/generic_item.php presidential hopeful Dr Kizza Besigye enters the room amid a thunderous applause.

Mafabi leads delegates in a moment of silence to remember the precious life of Nabossa Ssebugwawo, ailment the daughter of top party leader, Joyce Ssebugwawo.

Mafabi continues with his speech: “I would like to thank all funders for the financial support they have extended to us.

I thank our MPs for their generosity in raising funds for the party. The party secretariat is understaffed with only 12 people. However, these few people have done a tremendous job.

I commend the party electoral commission for the work they have done right from the grassroots structures and have since organised two elections.

We want to into elections without any debt.

Today is another day to conclude unfinished business by NEC and i recognise the two presidential contenders – Dr Besigye and Rtd Gen Muntu.

It is important for you to know the matter is set to be concluded today. We are going to issue an extensive program.

We want to train women and youth in leadership skills as we prepare to take over leadership.

We shall continue supporting special groups through workshops, meetings and seminars. We shall discuss issues affecting them like unemployment and poverty among others.

FDC is built around the principles of peace and unity. We should place the party at the forefront of constitutionalism, rule of law, good governance and zero tolerance to corruption.

In attendance are Ken Lukyamuzi of Conservative Party, UPC President Olara Otunnu and ousted Kampala Mayor, Erias Lukwago.

Mafabi speaking at the occasion

Mafabi speaking at the occasion

10:14 am: MP Roland Kaginda now carrying out a roll call of the delegates.

Dr Kizza Besigye and Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu expected to arrive soon at the Delegates Conference taking place at Mandela National Stadium.

9:57 am: Acting Party President Mr Reagan Okumu speaks:

“FDC will today shall walk out stronger and bigger. We must tighten our belts and be stronger than ever before to face the darkest moments of the ruling regime.

The regime will collapse if they realise the pressure on them by ourselves.

Conflicts are unavoidable but the family must move on together. The ability to manage conflicts should be central.

We have ashamed the enemy by our ability to manage conflicts within our party. After this campaign we should walk out united.

I call upon FDC to recognise our friends elsewhere and those still with the regime and tell them that we offer them the best option.

To the peasants and the poor, we are with you. We should be confident and wait for victory as it is on our side.”

An excited FDC supporter welcomes Besigye to the venue

An excited FDC supporter welcomes Besigye to the venue

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9:00am: The FDC National Delegates Conference has kicked off at Mandela National Stadium with almost 1,000 delegates turning up to chose the largest opposition party’s flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.

Chaos broke out today morning when over 100 FDC delegates were blocked from accessing the venue of today’s function.

The party’s security maintains that the aggrieved ‘delegates’ are not on the register of accredited delegates.

“We never got accreditation cards. The FDC Electoral Commission should have printed enough cards for us because we were invited by the party to take part in this election,” one of the FDC delegates charged.

Deputy FDC EC Chairman, Michael Kabaziguruka and Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi are trying to take control of the situation.

According to one of the delegates, “there isn’t any form of transparency in the accreditation process.”

Police have intervened by beefing up deployment at the scene.

Kabaziguruka assured the situation would be handled properly by attending to the grievances of some of the delegates.

Contest

While several NEC positions will be filled today, the biggest contest is between FDC President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and Dr Kizza Besigye on leading the party in the 2016 elections.

Muntu on Sunday boasted of a ‘new message’ and ‘new method’ which endear him to majority of the population in the country.

Opposition figures Erias Lukwago, Olra Otunnu and Ken Lukyamuzi attending the function

Opposition figures Erias Lukwago, Olra Otunnu and Ken Lukyamuzi attending the function

On his part, Dr Besigye said he commands overwhelming support across the country due to his resilience in the struggle against President Museveni and his participation in previous presidential elections.

Dr Besigye on Tuesday accused Muntu of ferrying delegates from upcountry areas and providing them with accommodation, a move the former party president said violates the standing rules laid down by political organisation’s Electoral Commission.

Gen Muntu said the delegates did not get proper communication to stay in their respective areas after his planned meeting with them was cancelled by the EC.

Agenda

According to the agenda, today’s function opens with a national anthem and FDC prayer after which delegates will get a briefing from the chairperson.

A roll call will be made before reading of the status report of the party by the Secretary General.

Brief campaigns for the pending 17 NEC positions will take place after which Muntu and Besigye will speak to delegates for their support.

Immediately after, elections will take place.

By 4:00pm, according to the FDC EC’s chairperson, Dan Mugarura, “we will have known our flag-bearer in the 2016 elections.”

After declaration of results, the loser of the flag-bearer race will concede defeat followed by the winner’s acceptance speech.

The chairperson will henceforth announce the closure of the meeting to allow the departure of delegates.

ChimpReports is giving a live coverage of the event.
11:57 am: Several FDC leaders contesting for the vacant National Executive Committee (NEC) positions are now campaigning before delegates.

Former Coordinator of Intelligence Organs Gen David Sejusa arrives at Namboole for the delegates conference.

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As soon he commences his speech, and http://cosmeticscop.com/wp-includes/comment.php presidential hopeful Dr Kizza Besigye enters the room amid a thunderous applause.

Mafabi leads delegates in a moment of silence to remember the precious life of Nabossa Ssebugwawo, viagra order http://cfmasv.com/wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php the daughter of top party leader, Joyce Ssebugwawo.

Mafabi continues with his speech: “I would like to thank all funders for the financial support they have extended to us.

I thank our MPs for their generosity in raising funds for the party. The party secretariat is understaffed with only 12 people. However, these few people have done a tremendous job.

I commend the party electoral commission for the work they have done right from the grassroots structures and have since organised two elections.

We want to into elections without any debt.

Today is another day to conclude unfinished business by NEC and i recognise the two presidential contenders – Dr Besigye and Rtd Gen Muntu.

It is important for you to know the matter is set to be concluded today. We are going to issue an extensive program.

We want to train women and youth in leadership skills as we prepare to take over leadership.

We shall continue supporting special groups through workshops, meetings and seminars. We shall discuss issues affecting them like unemployment and poverty among others.

FDC is built around the principles of peace and unity. We should place the party at the forefront of constitutionalism, rule of law, good governance and zero tolerance to corruption.

In attendance are Ken Lukyamuzi of Conservative Party, UPC President Olara Otunnu and ousted Kampala Mayor, Erias Lukwago.

Mafabi speaking at the occasion

Mafabi speaking at the occasion

10:14 am: MP Roland Kaginda now carrying out a roll call of the delegates.

Dr Kizza Besigye and Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu expected to arrive soon at the Delegates Conference taking place at Mandela National Stadium.

9:57 am: Acting Party President Mr Reagan Okumu speaks:

“FDC will today shall walk out stronger and bigger. We must tighten our belts and be stronger than ever before to face the darkest moments of the ruling regime.

The regime will collapse if they realise the pressure on them by ourselves.

Conflicts are unavoidable but the family must move on together. The ability to manage conflicts should be central.

We have ashamed the enemy by our ability to manage conflicts within our party. After this campaign we should walk out united.

I call upon FDC to recognise our friends elsewhere and those still with the regime and tell them that we offer them the best option.

To the peasants and the poor, we are with you. We should be confident and wait for victory as it is on our side.”

An excited FDC supporter welcomes Besigye to the venue

An excited FDC supporter welcomes Besigye to the venue

——————————————————————————————————————–

9:00am: The FDC National Delegates Conference has kicked off at Mandela National Stadium with almost 1,000 delegates turning up to chose the largest opposition party’s flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.

Chaos broke out today morning when over 100 FDC delegates were blocked from accessing the venue of today’s function.

The party’s security maintains that the aggrieved ‘delegates’ are not on the register of accredited delegates.

“We never got accreditation cards. The FDC Electoral Commission should have printed enough cards for us because we were invited by the party to take part in this election,” one of the FDC delegates charged.

Deputy FDC EC Chairman, Michael Kabaziguruka and Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi are trying to take control of the situation.

According to one of the delegates, “there isn’t any form of transparency in the accreditation process.”

Police have intervened by beefing up deployment at the scene.

Kabaziguruka assured the situation would be handled properly by attending to the grievances of some of the delegates.

Contest

While several NEC positions will be filled today, the biggest contest is between FDC President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and Dr Kizza Besigye on leading the party in the 2016 elections.

Muntu on Sunday boasted of a ‘new message’ and ‘new method’ which endear him to majority of the population in the country.

Opposition figures Erias Lukwago, Olra Otunnu and Ken Lukyamuzi attending the function

Opposition figures Erias Lukwago, Olra Otunnu and Ken Lukyamuzi attending the function

On his part, Dr Besigye said he commands overwhelming support across the country due to his resilience in the struggle against President Museveni and his participation in previous presidential elections.

Dr Besigye on Tuesday accused Muntu of ferrying delegates from upcountry areas and providing them with accommodation, a move the former party president said violates the standing rules laid down by political organisation’s Electoral Commission.

Gen Muntu said the delegates did not get proper communication to stay in their respective areas after his planned meeting with them was cancelled by the EC.

Agenda

According to the agenda, today’s function opens with a national anthem and FDC prayer after which delegates will get a briefing from the chairperson.

A roll call will be made before reading of the status report of the party by the Secretary General.

Brief campaigns for the pending 17 NEC positions will take place after which Muntu and Besigye will speak to delegates for their support.

Immediately after, elections will take place.

By 4:00pm, according to the FDC EC’s chairperson, Dan Mugarura, “we will have known our flag-bearer in the 2016 elections.”

After declaration of results, the loser of the flag-bearer race will concede defeat followed by the winner’s acceptance speech.

The chairperson will henceforth announce the closure of the meeting to allow the departure of delegates.

ChimpReports is giving a live coverage of the event.
A top defence official has told ChimpReports that Uganda lost a ‘considerable number’ of battle-hardened soldiers during a surprise and deadly attack on the AMISOM base at Janaale, remedy http://cpllogoterapia.com/wp-includes/feed-atom-comments.php Lower Shabelle Region in Somalia on Tuesday.

The offensive launched by Al Shabaab involved heavy explosions that saw scores of AMISOM forces including Ugandan soldiers, http://clipvoice.it/administrator/components/com_k2/models/comments.php killed.

“We are trying to verify the number our men whose lives were lost in this heinous attack. We suspect the number to be high given the nature of the terrorist attack on our base,” said a top UPDF commander who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

The source further said, “This could be one of the deadliest attacks we have witnessed in a long time.”

UPDF Spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda was not readily available for comment.

However, AMISOM confirmed the death of Ugandan soldiers in a statement issued Tuesday night.

“The Special Representative of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Maman Sidikou has condemned the attack as reprehensible and praised the heroism of the peacekeepers who were killed during this attack noting that they have paid a worthy price while serving the people of Somalia,” reads part of the statement.

“Ambassador Sidikou commiserates with the government and people of Uganda on the losses suffered during this heinous attack.”

The militants used a car loaded with explosives to trigger the attack and to facilitate their forced entry into the camp after which they engaged AMISOM soldiers in a gun-battle.

“Although our troops undertook a tactical withdrawal following the initial vehicle borne explosive attack, they have since consolidated and regained full control of the base,” AMISOM clarified.

“Given the complex nature of the attack, AMISOM is currently verifying the number of casualties and extent of the damage.”

Uganda maintains over 6,000 troops in Somalia who have played a pivotal role in the liberation of strategic towns from Al Shabaab militants.

Al Shabaab said the attack was in response to AMISOM soldiers’ killing of seven civilians at a wedding in Marka on July 31, 2015.

Following this incident, AMISOM told a press conference that three soldiers were indicted and awaiting to be arraigned before a military judicial process.

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