VIDEO: Bigirimana Addresses World Forum on Chemical Weapons

The National Resistance Movement electoral commission has made a u-turn and declared James Rwiigi Kaberuka and incumbent Elizabeth Karungi, dosage as the NRM flag bearers for Kinkiizi County West and Kanungu Woman MP respectively.

The two were today announced winners by the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi after having a vote recount directed by President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni, information pills who is also the party chairman ordered the recount of the October 27th election after meeting with the petitioners Canon Josephine Kasya, James Kaberuka, Fulugence Muhumuza, and  Elizabeth Karungi who contested the results.

These informed him that they were robbed of their victory by the winners who they accused of conniving with the district party registrar and security officials.

The NRM registrar Kanungu, John Byaruhanga had on 29th October announced on a newly established Radio Kanungu FM that Elizabeth Karungi had lost to Ruth Tukahirwa 10,314 votes to 25,034.

In Kinkiizi west he declared Jacqueline Kyatuheire to have trounced John Kaberuka by a 1000 vote margin.

Both these results were overturned after the vote recount.

Ruth Tukahirwa upon on hearing that Elizabeth Karungi is now the party flag bearer, she vowed to stand on an independent ticket in next year’s general elections.
The WRC-15 (World Radio communication Conference 2015) concluded its deliberations by allocating spectrum to mobile broadband, viagra amateur radio service, emergency and disaster relief, flight tracking, maritime communications and road safety among others.

Over 3,300 participants, representing 162 out of International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s 193 Member States attended the four-week conference that concluded on November 27, 2015.

The Conference was steered under the Chairmanship of Mr Festus Yusufu Narai Daudu of Nigeria.

He was assisted in the task by six Vice Chairmen: Mr A. Jamieson (New Zealand), Mr Y. Al-Bulushi (Oman), Mr D. Obam (Kenya), Ms D. Tomimura (Brazil), Mr A. Kühn (Germany), and Mr N. Nikiforov (Russian Federation).

The conference defined new and better ways to regulate radio services and application.

Speaking about the benefits of the conference, Mr. Daudu said as new technological innovations and applications emerge, they set new challenges as well as bring new opportunities for billions around the world.

“This conference dealt with issues, ranging from mobile broadband communications and satellite systems to emergency communications and disaster relief, environmental monitoring and climate change,” he said.

Mr François Rancy, Director of the ITU Radio communication Bureau said the conference achieved a great deal and the results will have a major impact on the future of the telecommunication sector in general and radio communications in particular.

“The outcomes of WRC-15 are aimed at maintaining a stable, predictable and universally applied regulatory environment that secures long-term investments for the multi-trillion dollar ICT industry.” he added.

WRC-15 addressed over 40 topics related to frequency allocation and frequency sharing for the efficient use of spectrum and orbital resources.

The outcomes of the conference ensure high quality radio communication services for mobile and satellite communications, maritime and aeronautical transport, air and road safety as well as for scientific purposes related to the environment, meteorology and climatology, disaster prediction, mitigation and relief.

According to the organizers of the conference, the ITU Radiocommunication Sector has set an ambitious studies programme for the next four years covering a wide range of services from amateur radio to broadcasting, mobile broadband, mobile satellite, fixed satellite, earth stations on mobile platforms, and space exploration services.

Following the growing demand for spectrum for mobile broadband services, WRC-15 identified frequency and achieved agreement on some additional portions in other bands that were also allocated to mobile broadband services in order to be used in regions where there was no interference with other services.

To counteract the difficulties encountered in finding additional spectrum for IMT in bands below 6 GHz, WRC-15 decided to include studies in the agenda for the next WRC in 2019 for the identification of bands above 6 GHz that will allow technology to meet demand for greater capacity.

WRC-15 took a key decision that will provide enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia).

It further allocated Amateur radio service,  and identified spectrum in the 694-894 MHz frequency band to facilitate mobile broadband communications for robust and reliable mission critical emergency services in public protection and disaster relief (PPDR), such as police, fire, ambulances and disaster response teams.
Opposition Democratic Party (DP) president and Go Forward presidential candidate campaign manager, adiposity Norbert Mao has alleged that president Museveni is employing all tactics in his arsenal to stop him from acquiring a National Identity Card and registering to participate in the 2016 general elections.

Mao shouldered himself from public criticism for not registering during the massive Electoral Commission voter registration exercise, prescription saying he made several attempts in vain.

“It’s public knowledge that during the registration exercise I was very sick. It was my health first then any other business, dosage ” said Mao in Kampala on Tuesday.

“How would I have registered then when I was fighting for my life,” he wondered.

This was the first time Mao was speaking out at a press conference on his failure to contest for Gulu Municipality MP seat due to lack of required particulars.

The EC last week said its Returning Officer could not nominate Mao because his name was not found on the National Voters Register, which is a requirement for nomination under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Parliamentary Elections Act of 2005 (as amended).

The EC further said it compiled the National Voters’ Register for purposes of the 2015-2016 General Elections and extracted data containing particulars of registered and verified Ugandan citizens from the National Identification Register.

Mao angry

Mao explained that on his return from hospital in May, he went for the update of voter’s register exercise at Polly Rosary polling station in Gulu but never found any official to have him registered.

“I thereafter called the Deputy Electoral Commissioner, Joseph Biribonwa who advised me to come to Kampala to have me registered. When I came back to Kampala, in those days, my health worsened,” he added.

“Around July, I resumed the effort to have myself registered since it’s a mandate to have all Ugandans registered. I talked to several people and at last met the former Internal Affairs Minister, the late Gen. Aronda Nyakaiirima who promised to handle my case after his return from South Korea but unfortunately he never returned alive,” recounted the controversial politician.

“I never gave up on doing my best as a concerned citizen, I went to his successor in office who sympathized with me and assured me that I would be registered. He sent me to Kololo at the National ID project offices to have my case settled. They too sympathized with me and even revealed to me that there are several other Ugandans that have continually approached them for registration and have been registered but instead they asked me for a written directive from the Minister first.”

Mao said this wasn’t a big task at all: “I went and secured a letter from the Minister and before heading to Kololo, I made a call to their offices requesting for when I should go for registration. I was then told that I need a no objection letter from Electoral Commission Chairperson, Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu. On meeting with Kiggundu, he said to me that the register was already sealed but requested to write a letter addressing it to the entire commission. I then received a communication that the commission’s hands were tied which meant that nothing much would be done.”

The outspoken opposition figure said he thereafter got several pieces of advice from different people to take the matter to the attention of powerful government officials including police boss Gen Kale Kayihura who promised to assist.

“This didn’t work until I decided to write a letter to the Head of State through a third party. The response I received was that the president was so angry with me that I was splitting his support in Northern region for his political opponent, Amama Mbabazi,” alleged Mao.

DP is one of the parties backing the presidential candidature Amama Mbabazi.

“They thought having me registered would be doing me a favour and wanted to trade my support for Mbabazi for the sake of having me on the register. I am now paying a price or my political choice,” he added at today’s press conference at the party headquarters in Kampala.

Mao has since filed a complaint with the Electoral Commission which he says must be heard as provided by law.

Mao accuses EC for dropping him out of the voters’ registered, saying he has participated in many elections in the country and has a voters’ register with no expiry date.

“I am accusing EC of discriminating against me despite registering soldiers from South Sudan currently, bias, prejudice and incompetence. EC signed an MOU with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) where I was counted during the national Census exercise, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) of which I am a registered tax payer with a tin number; why wouldn’t they compile my data from such organisations to have me registered?” he wondered.

Mao has therefore instructed his lawyers led by Nicolas Opio, Robert Kirunda and Prof. George Kanyeihamba to file a case before courts of law if no response is received with 48 hours from the commission.

EC speaks out

The EC says the extracted data of the successfully verified Ugandan citizens was displayed for public scrutiny at the respective update centers in each Parish/Ward during the update period from April 7 to May 11, 2015.

The exercise had been scheduled to end on April 30 2015 but was extended twice, from to May 4 and May 11.

During the above period, according to the EC boss Badru Kiggundu, the Commission conducted an update of the National Voters’ Register, which involved fresh registration of Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who had missed out on the registration conducted for purpose of issuance of a National Identity Card.

During the update exercise, Kiggundu revealed, the Commission clarified that all persons who registered for purposes of elections prior to the 2010/2011 General Elections and consequent update exercises conducted for purposes of by-elections, but had not registered during the Enrolment exercise for purposes of issuance with a National Identification Card, were required to register (afresh) for purposes of voting during the 2016 General Elections.

In a press statement dated 1st April 2015, the Commission announced that effective March 31, 2015, the 2011 National Voters’ Register (as updated) had been retired and degazetted, and accordingly, it would not be used for purposes of elections and/or referenda in 2016 and beyond.

“The information available to the Electoral Commission is that Hon. Mao Norbert did not register during the above exercises, which he, too acknowledges in his letter to the Chairperson, Electoral Commission, dated 16th October 2015, requesting for consideration and inclusion on the National Voters’ Register,” said Kiggundu.

“The Commission, in response, advised that his request was time barred, since it was raised after conclusion of the General Update whose cut-off date was 11th May 2015.”
Pius Bigirimana, order the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has commended the OPCW, for its efforts in eliminating chemical weapons among member states.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) is the implementing agency for the chemical weapons convention(CWC), aimed at eliminating weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production and acquisition of chemical weapons by its 192 member states.

The Permanent Secretary was Monday speaking at the twentieth session of the Conference of States Parties at the Hague in Netherlands.

Bigirimana, who is also the chairperson of the National Authority charged with the implementation of the CWC, noted that Uganda does not possess, produce or have stockpiles of chemical weapons.

“However, the support from the Technical Secretariat in the implementation of the programme for Africa has continued to infuse the necessary skills and capacity building within the implementation of the Convention which will assist my country in its economic development,” he said.

Bigirimana commended the OPCW especially the Assistance and Protection Branch, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and the USA among other partners for their continued cooperation and support in making this essential mechanism a reality.

He called for the full implementation of Article XI through substantial assistance to non-possessor States in order to enable them to develop chemical capacity and industry.

“This will facilitate the developing countries to view the Convention as a relevant tool and as a catalyst for economic development through the unlimited use of chemicals for peaceful purposes not prohibited in the Convention,” he explained.

The Permanent Secretary welcomed the development of concrete measures to ensure the promotion of international cooperation in the field of chemical activities through the exchange of scientific and technical information.

He recognized the new initiative code named “Influential Visitors’ Programme’’ for which Uganda was the first beneficiary this year.

“Under the programme, a delegation headed by Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Speaker of Parliament, visited the OPCW headquarters and were sensitized on the need to have the national implementing legislation of the CWC,” he said.

He divulged that a team of Technical Secretariat staff also came to Uganda and sensitized the Members of Parliament on Member States’ obligation to domesticate the CWC.

“The workshop which took place in August 2015 clarified so many outstanding controversies which existed among the Parliamentarians,” he said adding that,”The two events were very instrumental in the process of having the “Toxic Chemicals Prohibition and Control Bill” passed.”

Bigirimana said Uganda continues to effectively demonstrate its commitment to the work of this Organisation and has cleared the annual contribution for the year 2015 to the OPCW budget.


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