Information and ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze has described the nominated Electoral Commission team as a prospective “impartial umpire” as the country heads toward the 2021 general elections.
President Museveni on November 14 nominated the experienced prosecutor and Court of Appeal Judge Simon M. Byabakama to replace Eng Badru Kiggundu as the Electoral Commission boss.
The constitution of the EC leadership has always been a contentious and polarizing issue in Uganda.
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Speaking to ChimpReports on Friday, Tumwebaze said the nominated EC leaders are a “well selected team.”
He added: “Those who all along were clamouring for a High Court Judge whose integrity was tested by the judicial service commission, there they have him in Justice Byabakama.”
Tumwebaze said Byabakama’s long service in public prosecution and being appointed a judge “speaks volumes about his competence and integrity.”
Other nominees whose names have been to Parliament for consideration and approval include Hajjati Aisha Lubega (deputy chairperson), Peter Emorut, Stephen Tashobya, Prof George Piwang and Mustapha Ssebaggala.
While the opposition is yet to make an official response to the nominations, the social media comments point to a possible outcry in the next few days.
Tumwebaze hailed the selection of Hon Tashobya, saying while in Parliament he “steered very well the Legal Affairs Committee and would always ensure that consensus is built in his committee despite the varying political beliefs of members.”
The Minister said Tashobya is “a consensus builder and a unifier”.
In regard to Lubega, Tumwebaze said the “long serving educationist will bring to the Commission many good years of experience in institutional management and administration.”
He added: “Our brothers and sisters of the Islam faith got well represented there. It’s a good team that I am sure will act as an impartial umpire. Let politicians stop using the EC as a scapegoat when they fail to win the hearts of the citizens.”