10:22 am: FDC Secretary General, pharm http://cosmeticluxus.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-post-comments-list-table.php Nandala Mafabi takes to the podium to give the status of FDC report.
As soon he commences his speech, story http://cphpost.dk/wp-admin/includes/list-table.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, page http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/classes/em-notices.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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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In a speech read on his behalf by the Prime Minister, information pills 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.