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Uganda Invites EU To Monitor 2016 Polls

EU officials in a meeting with Oulanyah

The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council has organized special prayers for Gen Ali Bamuze who collapsed and suddenly died after attending a meeting at a hotel along Entebbe Road on Sunday.

According to a short communication released from USMC, click http://celebrationhopecenter.org/wp-includes/taxonomy.php the special prayers known as Swalatul Janaiz will be held at the National Mosque headquarters, treat Old Kampala on Tuesday at 10:00am.

The same statement says Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje was upset by the death of the former rebel leader and conveyed his condolences to the family, ambulance relatives and the army.

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“The Mufti is grieved by the General’s death and he conveys his condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased as well as the President of Uganda His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Chief of Defense Forces, members of UPDF and the entire Muslim fraternity,” part of the statement reads.

Sheikh Mubajje also praised Bamuze for being a “peacemaker” during his life time.

“Gen. Bamuze will be remembered as a man who loved peace and choose dialogue instead of violence as the best way of solving administrative problems and he abandoned rebel activities and joined the government,” Mubajje said.

In 2002, Gen Bamuze denounced rebellion and together with his fighters of Uganda National Rescue Front II, laid down weapons to join the Uganda People’s Defence Forces to contribute to national peace and security.
The Deputy Speaker, approved http://cinemalogue.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-themes.php Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has met with European Union Officials, http://demcsb.com/wp-includes/feed-rss2-comments.php Emanuele Giaufret, Head of Division for Election and Democracy in the European Union and Kristian Schmidt, Head of Delegation, EU Uganda, to discuss the observation of the National Elections slated for 2016.

Giaufret said his team was in the country on a mission to “assess whether it was necessary for the European Union to observe the forthcoming elections,” and to establish the steps being taken by the country to improve the elections in 2016, based on the previous National Elections of 2011.

“We are here for two weeks to interact with various stakeholders on their view of the presence of external observation of the elections,” Giaufret said.

He added that this would help them determine whether they should heed to the request by the Government of Uganda to observe the elections.

Giaufret added that since Parliament is a stakeholder; his team intended to find out the role it would play in improving the oncoming elections.

In his response, the Rt. Hon. Oulanyah said it was routine for the country to make adjustments to the electoral process to improve on weaknesses identified in the previous elections.

“Every single election in Uganda has been preceded by reform. The Parliament has played its part by passing the Presidential and Parliamentary Electoral amendments and the Constitutional amendments, all of which seek to improve the election process,” the Deputy Speaker said.

Oulanyah further stressed the importance of the European Union to send a team to observe the elections because this would help the government identify and improve the loopholes and weaknesses in the electoral process.

The European Union has previously sent observation teams during the National Elections held in 2006 and 2011.

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