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UCC Blocks Mbabazi SMS Campaign

Mbabazi talks to one of the police officers in Mbale during his tour of eastern Uganda [Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe]

Police have issued traffic guidelines for the two-day presidential nomination activities at Mandela National Stadium – Namboole starting November 3.

Motorists heading to Jinja from Kampala will be diverted at Spear Motors (IOV) junction through Stretcher, store http://conforms.com/wp-admin/includes/admin-filters.php Ntinda trading center, buy information pills Naalya, pharmacy Northern bypass, Namugongo, Sonde, Seeta and join the Jinja high way.

This means the better part of Nakawa-Kireka-Bweyogerere will be free from traffic.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Traffic Commander, SP Norman Musinga, the clearance of this route will allow each of the presidential candidates to arrive at Namboole on time and avoid traffic encumbrances.

The Electoral Commission emphasised that presidential candidates will be allowed to access the stadium with 20 supporters each.

The cars carrying supporters must bear a police sticker.

Musinga said other motorists heading to Jinja from Kampala can also access through URA Nakawa, via Kinawataka to Jokas Hotel and join Jinja highway at Bweyogerere trading centre.

“There will be two diversions at Spear motors (IOV) and Jokas hotel to those heading to Kampala or Jinja,” said Musinga.

He said Namboole Stadium (Presidential Nomination Center) will only be accessed by Presidential aspirants, their recommended number of people accredited by Electoral Commission and Electoral Commission vehicles.

Motorists unrelated to this function from Jinja heading to Kampala will be diverted at Bweyogerere trading center via Jokas Hotel to Kinawataka, Nakasero soap works, Bugolobi to Kampala.

The accredited VIPs will access the stadium through the main gate and park as directed by Traffic Police.

Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi’s campaign team is reportedly planning massive processions in Kampala which police say is not authorised and will disrupt flow of traffic.

Strict guidelines 

Musinga on Sunday warned that, “There will be no access to other motorists intending to use the highway between Spear motors and Bweyogerere except members of Electoral Commission, Presidential aspirants, service vehicles and security vehicles.”

He said the Emergency vehicles (Fire brigade, Ambulances and Medical team) will access the venue through Eastern gate. It will also serve as the exit route for emergency vehicles.

Heavy trucks have as well been banned Jinja-Kampala highway.

“Those from Eastern Uganda will be diverted from Mukono via Kalagi – Gayaza road to Northern by Pass at Kalerwe to Busega roundabout and those from Western Uganda will be diverted at Busega Round about through Northern by pass to Kalerwe roundabout-Gayaza and follow the same route to Jinja,” said Musinga.

All junctions that join highway between Spear Motors (IOV) and Bweyogerere trading center will be cut off and therefore no any vehicle shall access the highway.

Musinga emphasised that there will be no processions allowed between Spear motors and Bweyogerere trading center.

Motorists accompanying the presidential aspirants will park at lower parking “A” near the Namboole Stadium Hotel and will be guided by traffic police.

Parking along the roads is prohibited, said Musinga, adding, motor vehicles found abandoned by the road side will be towed to the nearest police stations at the owners cost and inconvenience.

Diversions of motor vehicles will start at 5:00am on November 3, 2015 until the end of the function on November 4, 2015.

Musinga warned that any motorist who contravenes provisions of Traffic Regulations will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“All road users are advised to adhere to the above guidelines to avoid inconvenience,” he cautioned.

EC chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu urged aspirants to liaise with police to enable the commission execute a successful nomination process.

He said 11 aspirants have received clearance letters from EC to appear at Namboole for nomination.

They include President Yoweri Museveni, Amama Mbabazi, Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, Charles Bbale Lwanga, Kizza Besigye, Abed Bwanika and Joseph Mabirizi.

Kiggundu said EC will meet all the successfully nominated candidates of their authorised agents at the Commission’s headquarters from November 5 to 8 to harmonise their respective campaign programmes.

He said campaigns are scheduled to start on November 9.

“Candidates will conduct their campaigns, in accordance with the harmonised and approved campaign programme. Aspirants will append their signatures to an MoU to affirm concurrence with the programme,” said Kiggundu.

“I wish to emphasise that no campaign meeting shall be allowed in any part of the country until after the nomination of candidates and the harmonisation of the campaign programme.”
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It was organized by the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) with support from the Ministry of Trade.

The UK-Uganda business forum.

The UK-Uganda business forum.

The Forum was attended by representatives from British businesses operating in various sectors ranging from agriculture and energy to insurance and banking.

According to the British High Commission, the forum provided representatives from British businesses with the opportunity to interface personally with representatives of the Uganda government agencies that influence and regulate their operations.

The representatives also presented their concerns and queries.

The event further allowed the agencies the opportunity to clarify on outstanding issues and communicate changes that affect businesses operating in Uganda.
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The forum brought together representatives of British businesses and officials from several key government agencies.

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It was organized by the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) with support from the Ministry of Trade.

The UK-Uganda business forum.

The UK-Uganda business forum.

The Forum was attended by representatives from British businesses operating in various sectors ranging from agriculture and energy to insurance and banking.

According to the British High Commission, the forum provided representatives from British businesses with the opportunity to interface personally with representatives of the Uganda government agencies that influence and regulate their operations.

The representatives also presented their concerns and queries.

The event further allowed the agencies the opportunity to clarify on outstanding issues and communicate changes that affect businesses operating in Uganda.
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has rejected presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi’s request to use SMS platforms for political campaigns.

Mbabazi’s team recently wrote to UCC Director Godfrey Mutabazi seeking authority to use SMS Empire to channel his communications through short messages to all mobile phone users in the country.

The request was reviewed by UCC top officials for several hours before concluding that such a move flouted the commission’s regulations.

Mutabazi could not be reached for comment on Thursday morning as he was reported out of the country.

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President Museveni’s team was recently allowed to communicate through the SMS platform after picking nomination forms from the NRM’s Electoral Commission.

Asked why Museveni was given preferential treatment, visit this the UCC official said, “SMS Empire in its registration for the short code did not indicate it would channel political campaign messages.”

He added: “We asked them why they were diverting from the terms under which they were licensed to provide SMS services.”

Nevertheless, the official reiterated, UCC has since stopped the practice of sending unsolicited messages even when they are paid for.

Telephone subscribers last year bitterly complained that unsolicited messages waste their time, distract attention, drain phone batteries, congest inboxes and sometimes they incur costs of the messages.

Others said endlessly receiving unwanted messages causes anger, anxiety, annoyance, illness, mental distress and inconvenience.

This compelled UCC to put a ban on the unsolicited messages.

Highly placed sources say UCC was hesitant to grant authority to Mbabazi’s team as the commission could not guarantee the accuracy and consequences of the disseminated content ahead of the 2016 elections.

“We are so cautious during this politically sensitive period,” a source told this website.

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