Kiggundu Halts Lord Mayor Nominations, Condemns Attack on Agents

Electoral Commission Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu

After interesting twists and turns of events, this Cecafa board has finally released what they call the authentic draws for the senior challenge cup coming up from November 17th to December 6th.

There is however little alteration from the previous draws as Uganda Cranes maintain group B opponents Kenya and Burundi but Zanzibar comes in to replace Djibouti.

Group A comprises hosts Ethiopia, generic Rwanda, sale Tanzania and Somalia while group C will house the ‘Sudan’ derby. New guests Malawi and Djibouti are the other members.

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Cecafa has also affirmed their earlier stand to support Ethiopia’s position of excluding their political archenemies Eritrea from the tourney.

Group games will be played at Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa and Awassa then from quarters to finals will be held in Addis Ababa.

Uganda begin campaign agaist old nemesis Kenya on  Sunday 22nd November at the Addids Ababa stadium then Zanzibar on  Tuesday24th before concluding the pool on Saturday 28th against Burundi.

Group A: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania,Somalia,

Group B: Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Zanzibar

Group C: Sudan, Malawi, South Sudan, Djibouti

Uganda’s group fixture:
Sunday 22nd November, Kenya vs Uganda -Addids Ababa stadium

Tuesday 24th
Zanzibar vs Uganda
All eyes are on ‘Straight Talk Africa’ show on Voice of America on Wednesday night as President Museveni’s Special Research Assistant Morrison Rwakakamba engages Milton Allimadi on the heated Ugandan presidential election campaign.

Rwakakamba is a Harvard University scholar and prominent political debater while Allimadi is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, medicine Black Star News and a renowned fierce critic of President Museveni.

Moderated by Ugandan-born journalist Shaka Ssali, the show will run under the theme, “Do you think Uganda’s political landscape will change if the major opposition candidates unite?”

Speaking to ChimpReports from Harvard University, U.S. on Wednesday afternoon, Rwakakamba said, “I don’t know the questions Shaka will be asking. I will go with an open mind and comment on Uganda’s governance and other public affairs related to Uganda and the African Continent.”

The youthful intellectual added: “Not long ago, Ugandans were on such platforms to discuss wars and coups – now we are discussing elections and deepening of democracy.  This is in itself transformation. Ugandans should be proud.”

Uganda’s Electoral commission has since given a green light to 8 presidential candidates to commence campaigns ahead of next year’s election.

Some of the key contestants include Museveni’s former ally, turned rival, Amama Mbabazi and long-time opposition figure Kizza Besigye, who has been nominated by Uganda’s largest opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change.

Milton Allimadi is a publisher of Black Star News

Milton Allimadi is a publisher of Black Star News

This election is Besigye’s fourth attempt at the Ugandan presidency.

The VOA said in a brief note that although the 2016 presidential election is still a few months away, “the campaign is heating up with President Museveni possibly facing his toughest challenge since 1996.”

However, addressing press at State House Entebbe recently, Museveni expressed hope  of winning the election with a landslide, insisting he does not expect to face a ‘tight race’.
The [Independent] Electoral Commission has set up a committee that will keep closer tabs with the ongoing presidential election campaigns, dosage in which a number of violations have been reported.

The commission chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu announced Wednesday that the new committee comprising of EC members as well as official agents of the candidates, price is aimed at putting an end to the breach of the set electoral guidelines by the candidates and their campaign teams.

“The committee will be meeting time to time to discuss emerging issues in the conduct of campaigns to achieve peaceful elections, ask ” Kiggundu told press at the EC offices in Kampala.

The move comes amidst continued reports of violence and contravention of electoral laws by some of the campaigning candidates.

Kiggundu highlighted such scenes as in Mukono yesterday where NRM supporters were seen on streets during candidate Amama Mbabazi’s rally, noting that holding parallel events would not be allowed.

He also pointed out the incident in Ssembabule last weekend, where one of Mbabazi’s agents was assaulted by unknown people, and his car torched together with campaign materials.

“We strongly condemn such incidents and call upon police to immediately launch investigations into this particular matter,” he added.

Candidates using foul language and those carrying on with rallies beyond the set time [6PM] were also warned by the EC boss.

Meanwhile, following yesterday’s move by government to eliminate universal suffrage during the election of the Kampala Lord Mayor, The EC has also halted the nomination of candidates for the said position pending clarification from the executive.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, who is also the leader of Government business on Tuesday tabled before parliament the Kampala Capital City Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2015, seeking a change in the mode of electing the Lord Mayor. The bill proposes that the mayor should be elected by City Councilors instead.

“Please note that nomination for Kampala Capital City Authority’s Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor shall only take place after the Minister in charge of Kampala has availed to the Electoral Commission with the regulations for the entire electoral exercise under the KCCA Act,” revealed Kiggundu.



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