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EC Declares Museveni Presidential Candidate

Museveni at the EC nomination centre at Namboole on Tuesday

Roland Kaginda Mugume, medicine http://clark-illustration.com/wp-includes/class-wp-roles.php the Rukungiri Municipality Member of Parliament was on Monday re-elected flag bearer for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party after defeating Ingrid Turinawe, mind http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-post-v1-1-endpoint.php who is also the national FDC secretary for mobilization.

There were reports of malpractice and bribery during the exercise which compelled one of the contestants Lauben Turyahikayo, an editor with a local weekly Orumuri to bow out of the race.

The elections that were held at Rukungiri municipal stadium were delayed by a couple of hours by a heavy downpour.

Michael Kabaziguruka, the FDC national deputy electoral commission chairperson declared Kaginda winner at 5:45pm, having polled 135 against Turinawe who managed a paltry 38 votes.

The race was a repeat of the 2011 primaries after Rukungiri was elevated to a municipality status, in which the Kaginda floored Ingrid together with former Rukungiri district LC5 Athanasius Rutaro, Dr. Eric Rutahigwa and Lauben Turyahikayo.

Charles Makuru the long serving mayor for Rukungiri municipality was also re-elected for the fifth time as the party flag bearer, defeating his challenger Darius Tweyambe Baguma a former Peoples Redemption Army (PRA) rebel, 155 to 44 votes.

Virginia Kyarugahe the Rukungiri district FDC Chairperson asked the losers to accept defeat, this being a volatile internal exercise.

While addressing the delegates after the elections, Mrs Ingrid urged the winners not to celebrate her loss but to be prepared for a challenging battle against the ruling NRM come next year.

“This isn’t the end. The struggle has just started and everyone must be prepared, because what lies ahead is no picnic,” she said.

The winner Mr Kaginda, said that his triumph wasn’t his alone but the unsuccessful candidates too, adding that the opposition party needed unity more than anything else.

Kaginda is to face Dr Eric Rutahigwa whom he defeated in the 2011 FDCs primaries and later in the general elections when he came on an independent ticket.

He was later to defect to the ruling NRM party, whose flag he won in late last month’s primaries.


President Museveni has arrived at Mandela National Stadium for his nomination for presidency in the 2016 elections.

Museveni was accompanied by her wife, capsule http://cupidfemalecondoms.com/wp-admin/includes/bookmark.php First Lady Janet Museveni.

Other NRM top shots in Museveni’s convoy include Moses Kigongo, site http://coachesacrosscontinents.org/wp-includes/class-walker-page.php Vice President Edward Ssekandi, http://clintonbrook.com/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php Hajji Abdul Nadduli, Nyakana Amooti, Henry Kajura Muganwa, Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and Hon Evelyn Anite.

Officials attending the nomination of presidential candidates include KCCA Executive Director, Jenifer Musisi and UN Observers.

In his brief remarks, EC chairperson, Eng Badru Kiggundu welcomed Museveni and others to the occasion.

“I thank Ugandans for participating in a series of electoral activities such as Constitutional Amendments, voter registration, update of registry among others,” said Kiggundu.

He said 48 persons/parties picked nomination forms, a huge number never witnessed before in the country’s political history.

He said only 12 returned forms for verification.

As of November 2, 10 aspirants had satisfied the requirements for nomination.

These are Yoweri Museveni, Amama Mbabazi, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, Charles Lwanga, Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, Maureen Kyalya, Dr Kizza Besigye, Abed Bwanika, Joseph Mabirizi and Benon Biraaro.

Kiggundu said all Independent candidates will select symbols for campaigns. “We don’t recognize any other symbol other than those pre-determined,” said Kiggundu.

The 10 symbols will appear against names on ballot papers.

He said candidates will meet with EC between November 5 and 8 to harmonise the campaign programmes and that the actual date for elections will be publicized.

He appealed to candidates to promote democracy, peace and stability.

Kiggundu said candidates should conduct non violent campaigns and be tolerant to rivals.

President shaking hands with EC commissioners

President shaking hands with EC commissioners

Museveni nomination

Kiggundu said Museveni has proved that he is a citizen, registered voter, meets required age and paid the nominal fee of Shs 20m.

He said Museveni’s papers have been verified and found compliant.

Kiggundu concluded: “”I declare Yoweri Kaguta Museveni a duly nominated as the presidential candidate for 2016, having fulfilled the requirements as per Presidential Elections Act at 10:20 am”


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