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Presidential candidate Abed Bwanika has conceded defeat in the hugely competitive February 18 election, thumb order http://colbleu.fr/wp-admin/includes/plugin.php calling for a government of unity instead of protests and violence, medicine http://concasol.org/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php Chimp Corps report.

“For the sake of our people and unity of our nation, I offer my concession,” Bwanika said in a statement issued Thursday morning.

The eloquent businessman praised his voters as “foresighted” and “gallant” people who have sowed seeds into the “desired change.”

Like some of his colleagues, Bwanika disputed the authenticity of the election outcome, saying, “By all standards, the 2016 National Elections fell far from free and fair exercise and negatively impacted on the democratic path of our nation.”

He observed: “In regard to compliance, the electoral commission performed below average and in many areas very poorly. The delayed delivery of electoral materials to several polling stations especially those perceived to be opposition strongholds raises many questions on the competence and credibility of the electoral management body not only now but also in future.”

Bwanika further argued that the omission of polling results from thousands of polling stations in the final tally, as announced by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, was “deliberate and unfortunate.”

EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu regretted the delay in delivery of voting materials to Kampala and Wakiso, saying the commission was struggling with transport logistical challenges.

He also announced later that results from the affected polling stations had been added onto the national tally sheet which maintained President Museveni in the lead.

On the way forward, Bwanika said “many Ugandans who are aggrieved may choose a court option and seek redress from the Supreme Court” even when “Our recent experience with the courts of law on issues of political adjudication is bitter and sour.”

The candidate, who has thrice lost to Museveni, said the second option is for the people of Uganda to put pressure on the establishment and demand respect in regard to their rights and vote expression.

He, however, quickly warned that, “This option is always not predictable in terms of direction and cost to the Nation.  It is the most tempting and likely to render the nation into a direction not desired by any of us.”

Previous post-election violence has left a trail of destruction of property and lives.

Bwanika noted: “We need to count the cost in terms of both human loss and the economy.  In the recent past Uganda has paid huge price in this area, do we want to pay another price.”

He said the third and best option would be a Government of national unity which he said is the “most difficult because it calls for great humility and compromise from all establishments.  Uganda must be the thing and any peace loving person should be able to give up value to secure a peaceful Uganda.”
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“For the sake of our people and unity of our nation, adiposity I offer my concession,” Bwanika said in a statement issued Thursday morning.

The eloquent businessman praised his voters as “foresighted” and “gallant” people who have sowed seeds into the “desired change.”

Like some of his colleagues, Bwanika disputed the authenticity of the election outcome, saying, “By all standards, the 2016 National Elections fell far from free and fair exercise and negatively impacted on the democratic path of our nation.”

He observed: “In regard to compliance, the electoral commission performed below average and in many areas very poorly. The delayed delivery of electoral materials to several polling stations especially those perceived to be opposition strongholds raises many questions on the competence and credibility of the electoral management body not only now but also in future.”

Bwanika further argued that the omission of polling results from thousands of polling stations in the final tally, as announced by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, was “deliberate and unfortunate.”

EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu regretted the delay in delivery of voting materials to Kampala and Wakiso, saying the commission was struggling with transport logistical challenges.

He also announced later that results from the affected polling stations had been added onto the national tally sheet which maintained President Museveni in the lead.

On the way forward, Bwanika said “many Ugandans who are aggrieved may choose a court option and seek redress from the Supreme Court” even when “Our recent experience with the courts of law on issues of political adjudication is bitter and sour.”

The candidate, who has thrice lost to Museveni, said the second option is for the people of Uganda to put pressure on the establishment and demand respect in regard to their rights and vote expression.

He, however, quickly warned that, “This option is always not predictable in terms of direction and cost to the Nation.  It is the most tempting and likely to render the nation into a direction not desired by any of us.”

Previous post-election violence has left a trail of destruction of property and lives.

Bwanika noted: “We need to count the cost in terms of both human loss and the economy.  In the recent past Uganda has paid huge price in this area, do we want to pay another price.”

He said the third and best option would be a Government of national unity which he said is the “most difficult because it calls for great humility and compromise from all establishments.  Uganda must be the thing and any peace loving person should be able to give up value to secure a peaceful Uganda.”
After a long stand off that resulted into several consultations and closed door meetings, approved http://curcumincapsules.art14london.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php local basketball fans now have a place to usher in their weekends starting this Friday when they descend down to YMCA college in Wandegeya for the sixth edition of the FNL (Friday Night Lights).

“We are happy to announce that Friday Night Lights is back this Friday. We have yet again teamed up with Kinetic Management Group (KMG) to bring you another exciting season of Friday Night Lights – Basketball. The partnership was confirmed at today’s Press Conference and this year’s event will last for 6 weeks (Starting this Friday till 8th April), http://crfg.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/social-logos.php ” FNL communicated in a statement to the public.

Eight teams are up in contention for the six-week long event. Team Amoding is also back to defend their title. Other team captains are Norman Blick, http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/layouts/error.php Joseph Ikong, Ben Komakech, Ivan Enabu, Jonah Otim, Kami Kabange and Wazee.

Fixtures
Team Amoding will tee off their title defense against Team Ikong in the last match of the day scheduled for 9:30pm.

Action will begin with a clash between Team Enabu and Team Wazee at 6:30pm before Team Otim and Team Kami take to the court.

Team Enabu vs. Team Wazee -6:30 PM

Team Otim vs. Team Kami -7:30PM

Team Blick vs. Team Koma -8:30PM

Team Amording vs. Team Ikong -9:30PM.
South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura to drum up support for an inclusive government in the strife-torn country.

Zuma, ambulance http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php who is leading an African Union High-Level Delegation of Heads of State and Government at the request of the organisation’s Chairperson, viagra approved Idriss Deby Itno, information pills was received at the airport by his counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza and senior government officials.

The African Union Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, decided on 31 January 2016 that, regarding Burundi, an inclusive political dialogue must be supported under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni.

The Summit decided, further, to dispatch a High-Level Delegation to meet with the highest authorities of Burundi, as well as with other Burundian stakeholders, to hold consultations on the inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue.

The members of the High-Level Delegation, each representing their respective Regional Economic Community, include Zuma who is the convenor and leader; President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania; President Macky Sall of Senegal; President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon; and Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Zuma was be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

The trip comes high on the heels of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Bujumbura where he urged Nkurunziza and other actors to resolve Burundi’s political crisis peacefully.

Burundi was thrown into crisis this past April when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win in July.

To date, it has been reported that more than 400 people have been killed, more than 240,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations.

During Ban’s trip, Nkurunziza promised to withdraw some media bans, cancel the arrest warrants and release detainees which the UN chief were “good will gestures.”

President Nkurunziza further told Ban he would release a list of twelve hundred detainees and take other measures.

“I have asked him, while I welcome these generous support and measures but I would expect that additional measures should be taken,” said Ban.

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