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Mbarara Mayoral Electoral Polls Hampered by Irregularities

Following their inability to constitutionally challenge last month’s election results in court, story cost http://cizgisactasarim.com/wp-includes/widgets.php the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have this morning tabled other steps they intend take to keep the fire on National Resistance Movement and their candidate Yoweri Museveni who won the elections amidst contestation.

The party made a list of demands they said government must fulfill in an unspecified time frame, try http://corepr.pl/wp-includes/class-wp-taxonomy.php among them establishment of an independent audit into the presidential election results.

The FDC believes that their candidate Col Kizza Besigye won the February 19th elections, whose results were manipulated by the regime in favor of the incumbent.

The party president Maj. Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu told press at the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Wednesday that the party was dismayed by the manner in which Museveni “has overthrow the political electoral  process by use of the naked force.”

He noted with concern that the regime broke into their party offices several times, laid siege on their premises, harassed their leaders, arrested over 300 party members, as well as their candidate Col Besigye who was arrested nine times in eleven days.

These and more Muntu said were the reasons for their failure to seek justice through a court petition with in the 10 restrictive days provided by law.

Muntu said however, that the party would not stand by and watch, noting that they would continue to work with the civic society, religious leaders and the diplomatic and international community to ensure that government acts on their demands.

“We demand the establishment of an independent audit of the 18th February 2016 elections,” he said, “There are clear and glaring contradictions between what was declared by the electoral commission and what we have gathered across the country. This can only be resolved by an independent audit.”

The party also demanded that police and army operatives are removed from their head offices and the home of their candidate Kizza Besigye.

They also want all their leaders and supporters and innocent Ugandans who have been detained in relation to the elections released.

Asked whether the FDC were willing to join in the election petition filed yesterday by candidate Amama Mbabazi at the Supreme Court, Muntu said this would have to be discussed first between the two sides.

He said, “When they approach us, we certainly will have a discussion because we want to see change in our country. It is therefore legitimate that we look at all the options, but as we speak we have not held this discussion yet.”

 
This Tuesday morning, sildenafil http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php Police Counter Terrorism Unit scrambled bomb experts to seal off the Constitutional Square in Kampala and Nakivubo in downtown where suspicious bags were abandoned by the so-called ‘Red Top Brigade’.

Inside the bags were stones and a letter to president Museveni warning him of terrible consequences should he not relinquish power.

The ‘Red Top Brigade’ claims opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, nurse http://coupon-ads.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/listo.php who is under what officials describe as ‘preventive house arrest’, won the February 18 presidential elections with 53 percent of the total vote count and that Yoweri Museveni followed with only 40 percent.

Police officials at the scenes said this was part of a wider plan aimed at destabilising Uganda which security has since busted.

ChimpReports has seen a document authored by Citizens Coalition for the Implementation of Democracy (CCIDU), a shadowy group, laying down out a programme for “ ’mass demonstrations ‘Paka Last’ to oust the dictatorship of President Museveni in order to free all Ugandans from bondage.’ ”

This meant an insurrection whose timeframe would be determined by the end of Museveni’s reign.   This led to massive deployment of security forces on the streets followed by restrictions on movements of top opposition leaders.

According to the CCIDU document circulated within the opposition and civil society groups, it was alleged that security forces including police and the military had hijacked the Electoral Commission to distort the electoral process, intimidate voters and announce fake results.

Contacted, SFC spokesperson, Maj Chris Magezi described the charges as “utter rubbish.”

He wondered “How could the security forces, even in remote terms, be involved in the conduct of the electoral process? That mandate lies squarely with the Independent Electoral Commission.”

Magezi explained that the, “The only substantive contribution of the security forces has been to contribute to peace and security for the citizens of Uganda before, during, and after the electoral process. This process is still ongoing.”

State ‘collapse’

The CCIDU document further stated that government structures had collapsed leading to poor public service delivery and the civil service was under strain due to dictatorship and corruption.

CCIDU appealed to disgruntled security forces to oust the “ideologically inconsistent and incompetent” NRM leadership.

The obscure movement appealed to civil society and opposition to mobilise massively from the grassroots through radio talk shows, social media and other platforms to remove Museveni.

They would as well use slogans such as Free Uganda Now, No retreat, NO Surrender, We Want Jobs and Power Belongs to the People, Museveni Must Go and others to rally support in the country.

“The aim of the blockade demonstrations is to force President Museveni to resign from office of the president of the Republic of Uganda after the most scandalous ever presidential and parliamentary elections in the history of the country in order to free citizens from the trauma and bondage by the regime,” reads part of the opposition masterplan in the CCIDU document.

It was also planned that Besigye would address the nation on clear transitional arrangements and way forward for the country.

The ‘Paka Last’ demos would take place countrywide at all major trading centres and road junctions.

Opposition would as well hold processions to celebrate Besigye’s alleged victory with “music, dance and vuvuzelas.”

The leaked document also stated that opposition had planned that “police and security forces” would join the protests to support protesters, fire teargas away and finish off Museveni.

Protesters were being mobilised to “have some money, food and water reserves at hand” in preparation for “storming with morale main road junctions in trading centres, towns and municipalities; drinking water reserves, block all traffic except ambulances and medical personnel reporting to hospitals and clinics.”

Museveni acts

ChimpReports understands that following the leakage of this document, Museveni met with security chiefs who decided to block social media to cut off communication platforms used to mobilise the uprising.

It was also decided that Besigye must be blocked from addressing the media after the elections as the event was calculated to give moral support and justification for the mass protests across the country.

Police raided FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi before putting Besigye under a blockade at his residence in Kasangati.

Despite calls from the international community to free Dr Kizza Besigye, Museveni is yet to relent.

According to police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, the law enforcement body’s actions regarding Rtd Besigye are “justifiable both in law and in fact.  We have a duty to protect the people and their property, and ensure there is law and order in this country.”

He said until Besigye retracts his statements of defiance and incitement to violence, “Police shall continue to regulate and closely monitor his movements so that he does not pose danger to public peace and national security.  Moreover, we have information that his planned procession is not just a procession, but rather beginning of a planned and generalized campaign of violence in the City and select municipalities across the country.”

The FDC have since called upon their supporters to maintain acts of defiance across the country, statements official say have threatened national security.

SFC’s Maj Magezi warned: “We are also aware that some elements within the political opposition class are attempting to foment politically inspired violence for their own selfish gain. This is a betrayal to the aspirations of the people of Uganda, who for a long time have supported the armed forces to achieve the sustainable peace and stability the entire country enjoys at the moment. These gains cannot be reversed.”
This Tuesday morning, clinic http://dcointl.com/wp-includes/script-loader.php Police Counter Terrorism Unit scrambled bomb experts to seal off the Constitutional Square in Kampala and Nakivubo in downtown where suspicious bags were abandoned by the so-called ‘Red Top Brigade’.

Inside the bags were stones and a letter to president Museveni warning him of terrible consequences should he not relinquish power.

The ‘Red Top Brigade’ claims opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, sick http://copiproperties.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-terms-list-table.php who is under what officials describe as ‘preventive house arrest’, medications won the February 18 presidential elections with 53 percent of the total vote count and that Yoweri Museveni followed with only 40 percent.

Police officials at the scenes said this was part of a wider plan aimed at destabilising Uganda which security has since busted.

ChimpReports has seen a document authored by Citizens Coalition for the Implementation of Democracy (CCIDU), a shadowy group, laying down out a programme for “ ’mass demonstrations ‘Paka Last’ to oust the dictatorship of President Museveni in order to free all Ugandans from bondage.’ ”

This meant an insurrection whose timeframe would be determined by the end of Museveni’s reign.   This led to massive deployment of security forces on the streets followed by restrictions on movements of top opposition leaders.

According to the CCIDU document circulated within the opposition and civil society groups, it was alleged that security forces including police and the military had hijacked the Electoral Commission to distort the electoral process, intimidate voters and announce fake results.

Contacted, SFC spokesperson, Maj Chris Magezi described the charges as “utter rubbish.”

He wondered “How could the security forces, even in remote terms, be involved in the conduct of the electoral process? That mandate lies squarely with the Independent Electoral Commission.”

Magezi explained that the, “The only substantive contribution of the security forces, in tandem with the other state security agencies, has been to contribute to peace and security for the citizens of Uganda before, during, and after the electoral process. This process is still ongoing.”

State ‘collapse’

The CCIDU document further stated that government structures had collapsed leading to poor public service delivery and the civil service was under strain due to dictatorship and corruption.

CCIDU appealed to disgruntled security forces to oust the “ideologically inconsistent and incompetent” NRM leadership.

The obscure movement appealed to civil society and opposition to mobilise massively from the grassroots through radio talk shows, social media and other platforms to remove Museveni.

They would as well use slogans such as Free Uganda Now, No retreat, NO Surrender, We Want Jobs and Power Belongs to the People, Museveni Must Go and others to rally support in the country.

“The aim of the blockade demonstrations is to force President Museveni to resign from office of the president of the Republic of Uganda after the most scandalous ever presidential and parliamentary elections in the history of the country in order to free citizens from the trauma and bondage by the regime,” reads part of the opposition masterplan in the CCIDU document.

It was also planned that Besigye would address the nation on clear transitional arrangements and way forward for the country.

The ‘Paka Last’ demos would take place countrywide at all major trading centres and road junctions.

Opposition would as well hold processions to celebrate Besigye’s alleged victory with “music, dance and vuvuzelas.”

The leaked document also stated that opposition had planned that “police and security forces” would join the protests to support protesters, fire teargas away and finish off Museveni.

Protesters were being mobilised to “have some money, food and water reserves at hand” in preparation for “storming with morale main road junctions in trading centres, towns and municipalities; drinking water reserves, block all traffic except ambulances and medical personnel reporting to hospitals and clinics.”

Museveni acts

ChimpReports understands that following the leakage of this document, Museveni met with security chiefs who decided to block social media to cut off communication platforms used to mobilise the uprising.

It was also decided that Besigye must be blocked from addressing the media after the elections as the event was calculated to give moral support and justification for the mass protests across the country.

Police raided FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi before putting Besigye under a blockade at his residence in Kasangati.

Despite calls from the international community to free Dr Kizza Besigye, Museveni is yet to relent.

According to police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, the law enforcement body’s actions regarding Rtd Besigye are “justifiable both in law and in fact.  We have a duty to protect the people and their property, and ensure there is law and order in this country.”

He said until Besigye retracts his statements of defiance and incitement to violence, “Police shall continue to regulate and closely monitor his movements so that he does not pose danger to public peace and national security.  Moreover, we have information that his planned procession is not just a procession, but rather beginning of a planned and generalized campaign of violence in the City and select municipalities across the country.”

The FDC have since called upon their supporters to maintain acts of defiance across the country, statements official say have threatened national security.

SFC’s Maj Magezi warned: “We are also aware that some elements within the political opposition class are attempting to foment politically inspired violence for their own selfish gain. This is a betrayal to the aspirations of the people of Uganda, who for a long time have supported the armed forces to achieve the sustainable peace and stability the entire country enjoys at the moment. These gains cannot be reversed.”
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What is the Red card Campaign about?

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We have recently re- kindled the Red card to drink driving campaign and our strategy this year is to appeal to people’s good sense by putting the choices into their own hands. We have dubbed the campaign “Your Night, Your Choices, Your Consequences. Don’t Drink and Drive”

What we are saying with this campaign is that we can give you all the tools and information regarding responsible drinking but at the end of the day, or night in this case, it is up to an individual to make the right choice.

Who is it targeted at?

This campaign is targeted at all alcohol consumers but with a special leaning towards the more youthful members of society ages 18-34.The reason is that according to the Traffic Report of 2014, most accidents are caused  by people ages 25-34. By targeting this message at 18 year olds, we are trying to ensure that we get to them young enough so that they do not become yet another statistic. Every year, we have about 310 road accidents caused by drunk drivers.

You have mentioned that the campaign is in its 4th year, this seems like something UBL is dedicated and passionate about. Why is it important to UBL?

First of all let me say that no company likes to see its product being misused. For that reason therefore, Uganda Breweries Limited has pledged to continue to drive the Alcohol in Society (AiS) agenda in Uganda to ensure that the use of alcohol does not cause harm to consumers.

Alcohol is a huge part of society. It is very much related to enjoyment and celebration, sharing, pleasure, unwinding, socializing etc. However, when consumed irresponsibly, it can have dire consequences on our lives and the society.

I am sure we all have been affected by it one way or another, maybe you lost a friend, sibling, brother, or you yourself have spent a night in jail and missed work etc. So as a company we knew the right thing to do is to address the responsible way people can interact with Alcohol while continuing to be productive members in the society, in their homes and at work. In Particular, preventing drink driving is at the cornerstone of UBL’s mission to promote responsible drinking to ensure the enjoyment of its respectable brands

So what should we expect to see from the campaign?

This is a multi-media campaign that is going to entail messaging across all media platforms as well actual engagements with the consumers. We have ambassadors that will engage with consumers in bars at point of consumption, in stores at point of purchase as well as other avenues like gas stations as well as responsible serve training with bar owners and bar men.

Do you face any challenges in pushing this campaign?

We have faced a number of challenges, yes. For example, research year on has shown that there is huge awareness of this campaign by the public. The hardest thing has been converting that awareness into actual behavioral change. So you have heard the message, what next? And so today I am appealing to all the listeners to take that final step from knowing the dangers of Drunk Driving to making the good decision not to jump behind the steering wheel after a night out of heavy drinking. Ask a sober friend to drive you home. Or drop the car at home before you begin your night of fun and take a cab home.

Do you have some success stories from when this campaign launched?

Like I mentioned before, we have raised awareness of Drunk Driving and Responsible Drinking with our campaign messages to about 87% according to an evaluation report by Millward Brown, a global research firm. We also have people reaching out to us on social media commending our efforts in promoting responsible drinking. We may not know how many of these practiced what they heard, but as they say, knowledge is power. The more informed people are, the better placed they are to make the right decisions.
The voting exercise to elect mayors and municipal council representatives kicked off with a slow pace in most parts of Mbarara district, viagra sale http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-admin/includes/ms-admin-filters.php majorly due to delays in delivery of electoral materials.

At most polling stations in the western municipality, more about the voter turn up was remarkably low.

There were also numerous complaints, for instance at the Kakyeka stadium polling stations, voters found that the ballot papers were wrongly printed.

The voter turn up was generally low

The voter turn up was generally low

In Rwebikona the voting was delayed after it was found that ballot papers were delivered to wrong polling stations.

Other polling stations that were found with abnormalities were Mandela, Kakoba quarters, Rwebikona, and Makenke barracks.

An elderly woman being helped to cast her vote

An elderly woman being helped to cast her vote

For Mbarara Municipality, the mayoral race is mainly between NRM’s Robert Kakyebezi and FDC’s Stanely Katembeya.

Mr Katembeya after casting his ballot after midday, complained of irregularities, citing intimidation of his agents by the army at polling stations around Makenke Barracks.

NRM's Robert Kakyebezi speaks to press after casting his vote

NRM’s Robert Kakyebezi speaks to press after casting his vote

He also claimed that at Kakyeka, there was ongoing campaigning on the voting day which is against the election laws.

FDC's Katembeya casting his vote at Nkokonjeru primary school polling station in Mbarara

FDC’s Katembeya casting his vote at Nkokonjeru primary school polling station in Mbarara

He blamed the low voter turn up on people’s “demisted trust in the Electoral Commission,” as well as the excessive force used by police on opposition supporters.

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