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Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, has been rocked by political violence for months. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

President Museveni has blasted Kitgum Woman Member of Parliament and FDC’s Beatrice Atim Anywar for what he termed as betraying him and joining his closest rival and fellow presidential contestant Amama Mbabazi.

FDC’s Anywar was early this month part of the team that endorsed Mbabazi as he was nominated by the Electoral Commission to  stand for presidency at Namboole.

Addressing supporters at a rally at the Boma grounds in Kitgum Municipality on Sunday afternoon, mind ambulance http://cikza.com/wp-includes/script-loader.php Museveni said that he had worked closely with ‘Maama Mabira’ in the fight against the nodding disease and they were good friends but wondered why she would turn against him at the last moment.

“I was working well with my daughter Anywar . When she was being attacked by people, buy I used to defend her but she has deserted me for Mbabazi. It is not good payment from her for my support, sales ” President Museveni said on Sunday.

He added,” It is not good to have an adulterous daughter like Anywar. I am never afraid of people who betray me because I know how to deal with them. ”

Museveni urged the people of Kitgum not to vote for opposition politicians in the area including Anywar adding that they should reward the NRM party for bringing peace to the area which he said has contributed to development of the whole of Northern Uganda.

He said northern Uganda should be witness to other areas for being transformed from a war ravaged area to a developed one   that many people are yearning to live in.

He cited the roads, electricity and a number of schools both secondary and primary that the area has got after the end of the Kony war that had led to death of many people as well as leaving others displaced.

“In 1961 when I was in my S.1 at Ntale School in Mbarara, we used to have many students coming from the Northern region and this was because the area had only one secondary school that ended at O-level forcing them to come to Ntale. I am now happy that Kitgum alone has 19 government aided secondary schools,” the president noted.

Museveni however noted that many of the roads in the area are not yet tarmacked but promised that plans are underway to ensure that each district gets its own road maintenance equipment including graders, wheel loaders, tippers and compacters to enforce those already in existence in a bid to ensure the roads are in good condition.

President Museveni who completed his campaign schedule for Northern Uganda will on Monday head to the Karamoja sub region.

 

 
President Museveni has blasted Kitgum Woman Member of Parliament and FDC’s Beatrice Atim Anywar for what he termed as betraying him and joining his closest rival and fellow presidential contestant Amama Mbabazi.

FDC’s Anywar was early this month part of the team that endorsed Mbabazi as he was nominated by the Electoral Commission to  stand for presidency at Namboole.

Addressing supporters at a rally at the Boma grounds in Kitgum Municipality on Sunday afternoon, sales http://darkon.org/wp-admin/includes/schema.php Museveni said that he had worked closely with ‘Maama Mabira’ in the fight against the nodding disease and they were good friends but wondered why she had  turned against him at the last moment.

“I was working well with my daughter Anywar . When she was being attacked by people, viagra order I used to defend her but she has deserted me for Mbabazi. It is not good payment from her for my support,” President Museveni said on Sunday.

He added,” It is not good to have an adulterous daughter like Anywar. I am never afraid of people who betray me because I know how to deal with them. ”

Museveni urged the people of Kitgum not to vote for opposition politicians in the area including Anywar adding that they should reward the NRM party for bringing peace to the area which he said has contributed to development of the whole of Northern Uganda.

He said northern Uganda should be witness to other areas for being transformed from a war ravaged area to a developed one   that many people are yearning to live in.

He cited the roads, electricity and a number of schools both secondary and primary that the area has got after the end of the Kony war that had led to death of many people as well as leaving others displaced.

“In 1961 when I was in my S.1 at Ntale School in Mbarara, we used to have many students coming from the Northern region and this was because the area had only one secondary school that ended at O-level forcing them to come to Ntale. I am now happy that Kitgum alone has 19 government aided secondary schools,” the president noted.

Museveni however noted that many of the roads in the area are not yet tarmacked but promised that plans are underway to ensure that each district gets its own road maintenance equipment including graders, wheel loaders, tippers and compacters to enforce those already in existence in a bid to ensure the roads are in good condition.

President Museveni who completed his campaign schedule for Northern Uganda will on Monday head to the Karamoja sub region.

 

 
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) shall hold its sitting in Kigali, this http://cyancdesign.com/wp-includes/class-wp-post.php Rwanda this week.

The Plenary, generic http://colbleu.fr/wp-content/plugins/exploit-scanner/hashes-3.8.10.php which starts today Monday till Friday, case http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortlinks.php is the Third Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Third Assembly.

The Assembly is to be presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega.

Top on the agenda during the two week period is the Special sitting expected to be addressed by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.

Two key Bills on the cards at the EALA meeting are the EAC Disaster Risk Reduction Bill 2013 and the EAC Forestry Management Bill 2014.

The EAC Forestry Management Bill 2014 seeks to promote the development, protection, conservation, sustainable management and use of the forests in the Community especially trans-boundary forests ecosystems, in the interest of present and future generations.

It further wants to espouse the scientific, cultural and socio-economic values of forests and harmonise national forest laws.

The Assembly adjourned debate on the Forest Management and Protection Bill, 2014 at its last Sitting in Nairobi in October 2015.

The adjournment at Committee stage followed the successful Motion for the same, tabled by the Chair of EAC Council of Ministers, Hon Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, seeking for more time to enable the United Republic of Tanzania to make input.

Hon Dr Mwakyembe then informed the House that the United Republic of Tanzania was expected to go to the polls in October and that it was necessary for the debate to be put on hold until such time that a new Government is in place to effectively enable the Partner State to make its input.

The EAC Disaster Risk Reduction Bill 2013 on its part, seeks to provide a legal framework for intervention and assistance for people affected by climate change and natural related hazards and to protect the natural environment through integration of comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management practices in the EAC.

Debate on the Bill, moved for second reading in August 2013, was halted following a request by the Council of Ministers to consult and consider its policy implications.

The EAC Ministers’ further called for the taking over of the Bill for appropriate amendment and re-introduction as a Council of Ministers’ Bill.

At the same time, the move was to allow for pursuit of the ratification of the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security which among other objectives, provides for co-operation in DRR management and crisis response.

During the Plenary Sittings, the House is also expected to receive and to debate on a number of reports.  They include that of the Committee on Accounts for the Audited Financial Statements of EAC for the Financial Year ended 30th June 2014 and the Committee on Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources report on the sensitisation workshop on standards by the African Organisation of Standardisation (ARSO).

The Report of the Committee on Communication, Trade and Investment on the On-spot assessment of One Stop Border Posts in the EAC is also expected to be tabled and debated.

In addition, the Committee on Legal, Rules and Privileges shall table its Report on the implementation of Resolutions and Questions of the Assembly and Council commitments.

EALA Sittings are held under the principle of rotation in line with Article 55 of the EAC Treaty. Its last Sitting took place in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2015.  EALA meets at least once in every year at its headquarter in Arusha, Tanzania
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) shall hold its sitting in Kigali, page http://cphpost.dk/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php Rwanda this week.

The Plenary, http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/ribbon/four_set.php which starts today Monday till Friday, is the Third Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Third Assembly.

The Assembly is to be presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega.

Top on the agenda during the two week period is the Special sitting expected to be addressed by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.

Two key Bills on the cards at the EALA meeting are the EAC Disaster Risk Reduction Bill 2013 and the EAC Forestry Management Bill 2014.

The EAC Forestry Management Bill 2014 seeks to promote the development, protection, conservation, sustainable management and use of the forests in the Community especially trans-boundary forests ecosystems, in the interest of present and future generations.

It further wants to espouse the scientific, cultural and socio-economic values of forests and harmonise national forest laws.

The Assembly adjourned debate on the Forest Management and Protection Bill, 2014 at its last Sitting in Nairobi in October 2015.

The adjournment at Committee stage followed the successful Motion for the same, tabled by the Chair of EAC Council of Ministers, Hon Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, seeking for more time to enable the United Republic of Tanzania to make input.

Hon Dr Mwakyembe then informed the House that the United Republic of Tanzania was expected to go to the polls in October and that it was necessary for the debate to be put on hold until such time that a new Government is in place to effectively enable the Partner State to make its input.

The EAC Disaster Risk Reduction Bill 2013 on its part, seeks to provide a legal framework for intervention and assistance for people affected by climate change and natural related hazards and to protect the natural environment through integration of comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management practices in the EAC.

Debate on the Bill, moved for second reading in August 2013, was halted following a request by the Council of Ministers to consult and consider its policy implications.

The EAC Ministers’ further called for the taking over of the Bill for appropriate amendment and re-introduction as a Council of Ministers’ Bill.

At the same time, the move was to allow for pursuit of the ratification of the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security which among other objectives, provides for co-operation in DRR management and crisis response.

During the Plenary Sittings, the House is also expected to receive and to debate on a number of reports.  They include that of the Committee on Accounts for the Audited Financial Statements of EAC for the Financial Year ended 30th June 2014 and the Committee on Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources report on the sensitisation workshop on standards by the African Organisation of Standardisation (ARSO).

The Report of the Committee on Communication, Trade and Investment on the On-spot assessment of One Stop Border Posts in the EAC is also expected to be tabled and debated.

In addition, the Committee on Legal, Rules and Privileges shall table its Report on the implementation of Resolutions and Questions of the Assembly and Council commitments.

EALA Sittings are held under the principle of rotation in line with Article 55 of the EAC Treaty. Its last Sitting took place in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2015.  EALA meets at least once in every year at its headquarter in Arusha, Tanzania
Civil Society Organisations in the East African Community have petitioned the East Africa Legislative Assembly to urgently undertake specified number of actions within its mandate to contain the situation in Burundi.

Representatives of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) and the East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum (EACSOF) recently presented a petition to EALA Speaker, information pills http://dan-caragea.ro/wp-includes/vars.php Hon Daniel F. Kidega at a brief ceremony at the Speaker’s Chambers in Arusha.

The Civil Society representatives are petitioning EALA among other things to make strong recommendation to the Summit of EAC Heads of State that the Republic of Burundi should not assume the rotating Chairmanship of the EAC until it resolves the political, this http://cotro.com/wp-content/plugins/fusion-builder/inc/lib/inc/class-fusion-options.php human rights and humanitarian crisis in the country.

The petitioners further urge the House to call upon the Chair of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union to take concrete steps towards preventing Burundi from descending into genocide or mass atrocities.

Such measures, http://ccimiowa.com/wp-includes/._pluggable-deprecated.php the petition says, include, enhancing the numbers and capacity of the Human Rights Monitors and Military monitors deployed to the country. They further call for the sanctions regime of the African Union to be activated.

President Museveni was appointed by the region to mediate talks between opposition and President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government.

The talks collapsed due to what officials described as lack of government commitment to resolving the conflict through dialogue.

The political catastrophe erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term earlier this year.

The country is now facing a deep political crisis and rapidly escalating violence, with bodies being regularly dumped in the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, and 200,000 people displaced by the bloodshed.

Public hearing

The petition avers that EALA or a relevant Committee within, should immediately call for a public hearing in Arusha, Tanzania, that would welcome Burundian and East African citizens to testify to the occurrences in the country and to suggest proposals for resolution to the crises.

In addition to PALU (Principal Petitioner) and EACSOF, the Atrocities Watch Africa, Centre for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union, East Africa Law Society and the Kituo Cha Katiba append their signatures to the petition.

The petition states that there have been numerous reports of cases of assassinations, extra-judicial and arbitrary killings of over 130 persons and wants EALA to condemn what it terms arbitrary killings as well as the inordinate use of force by the police, security officials and members of a youth wing group, Imbonerakure.

The petitioners say that although the authorities in Burundi have ordered investigations into the killings, no single case has been concluded, citing the murder of the former head of intelligence Services, General Adolphe Nshimirimana.

“More recently, the arbitrary killing of the son of the eminent and award winning Human Rights Defender, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, who is himself under recovery after been shot, for which no investigations have been done, despite statements by the Government condemning the killings”, a section of the Petition reads.

The petitioners in addition, call on EALA to request the African Union to intervene in the political and humanitarian crisis citing its comprehensive and far reaching legal and institutional framework that includes the Constitutive Act of the African Union, 2000 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights amongst others.

The petition acknowledges the measures taken by various Organs and Institutions of the EAC since the crisis started in February this year. They include three Extra-Ordinary Summits by the EAC Heads of State held on Burundi which took place on May 13, 2015, May 31, 2015 and June 6, 2015 – the latter of, which appointed the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to mediate in the crisis.

EAC citizens, including some of the petitioners, filed a case before the East African Court of Justice, in Reference No. 2 of 2015: East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) vs. The Attorney General of Burundi and 2 Others.

According to the petitioners, the case requests the Court to ascertain whether the President of Burundi, could lawfully run for a third term in light of the relevant provisions of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi (Arusha Accord) of 2000 and the Burundi Constitution of 2005.

The Reference No. 2 of 2015 was filed with an application for interim injunction whose citation is Application No. 5 of 2015 (Arising from Reference No. 2 of 2015) The East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) Vs The Attorney General of the Republic of Burundi and 2 Others.

The application sought to injunct the elections of Burundi pending hearing and determination of the Reference. The Application was heard on 20th July, 2015 and a Ruling was delivered on the same day denying the grant of an injunction.

“The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) on its part, participated in the joint East African Community (EAC) Observation Mission to the Burundi Elections, though it is yet to deploy its mandate and powers, under the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, to the deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis in Burundi”, a section of the petition states.

The petitioners reiterate speedy responses to the situation in Burundi.

“Should the above measures not bear fruit within the next one month, the House (EALA) should call for suspension of the Burundi Government from both the EAC and the AU,” the petition affirms in conclusion.

Under Rule 86 of the EALA Rules of Procedure, any citizen of the Partner States, and nay natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Partner State shall have the right to address, individually or in association with other citizens or persons, a petition to the Assembly on a matter which comes within the Community’s fields of activities and which affects him, her or it directly.

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