Election 2016

EC Suspends Army MP Election

President Museveni who was expected to preside over the election exercise arrived late from Tanzania on Thursday

Uganda is set to showcase it’s tourism and heritage during the 50th Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB) exhibition in Germany from March 9 – 13. At least 18 tour and travel companies from Uganda have registered to exhibit in the expo known to be the second biggest trade fair world over which attracts about 50, for sale http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php 000 people.

During the expo, http://chutneyrestaurant.ca/wp-admin/includes/export.php Uganda will market itself under the theme ‘Gorillas and So Much More’ and will exhibit in Hall 21.a Booth 119, http://cosmoveda.de/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/emails/class-wc-email-customer-invoice.php next to Kenya, Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire.

Steven Asiimwe, the Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board while speaking at a news  conference on Thursday said Uganda will market its diverse natural endowments including; birds, wildlife, culture, history, tradition, food and weather among others.

“We also intend to market our Pearl of Africa Tourism expo which happens annually, the Big Birding Day and faith based tourism especially Uganda Martyrs which is Africa’s biggest religious event,” Asiimwe told journalists at Uganda Media Centre.

He mentioned that Uganda will also hold joint activities with other East African countries at the ITB under their ‘Borderless borders’ campaign. The East African Community (EAC) countries will be looking to market the region as a single destination to potential buyers through launching the single tourism for Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.

“The expo also presents us as EAC an opportunity to engage each other on the northern corridor infrastructure projects.”

In the same week-long expo, Uganda will hold a tripartite cultural fete at the expo, media engagements, cultural dances.

“As Uganda, we are excited and enthusiastic about the ITB expo and we hope to emerge as the best exhibitor,” Asiimwe remarked.

Some of the Ugandan tour companies expected to exhibit include; Kagera Safaris, Matoke Tours, Pinacle Safaris, Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris, Around Africa, Churchill Safaris and Travel.

This isn’t the first time Uganda has taken part in International tourism exibitions. In May 2015, Uganda was named best exhibitor at the Indaba Tourism Expo in South Africa.
The Electoral Commission has on Thursday suspended the election of 10 army representatives to Parliament that was scheduled to take place at the UPDF headquarters in Bombo today.

The army was supposed to replace the departed Gen. Aronda Nyakairima and also elect or retain the 9 existing members.

The election was however called off in the afternoon and postponed to the next day Friday. The EC under article 50 of the elections act has powers to extend or cancel an election exercise if need arises.

No reasons have so far been given out.
When contacted on phone, online http://chuitanzaniasafaris.com/cache/widgetkit/twitter/twitter-b455e5339a8c0ce8f219bc8b05955940.php the EC Deputy Spokesman, http://cloudninerealtime.com/wp-admin/includes/credits.php Mr. Paul Bukenya confirmed the development.

“Yes it is true we have postponed the election for the army MPs to tomorrow, http://cheesejaguar.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-ixr-client.php  Friday.” Mr. Bukenya briefly said.

Unconfirmed reports say President Yoweri Museveni who spent the whole of his Wednesday in the neighboring Tanzania participating in a number of activities during the East African Community Summit, requested the EC to postpone the election. He arrived back in the country on Thursday afternoon.

The Commander-in-Chief was expected to reside over the function at Bombo.

The army is among the four special interest groups represented in the Parliament of Uganda.


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