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, pharmacy prescription http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-includes/shortcodes.php the EC Deputy Spokesman, http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-includes/wp-db.php Mr. Paul Bukenya confirmed the development.
“Yes it is true we have postponed the election for the army MPs to tomorrow, 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.
Hearing of the case where former spy chief Gen David Sejusa is accused of insubordination and absence without official leave, salve http://completehealthacupuncture.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php before the Makindye General Court martial kicked off today with the first witness testifying.
The hearing of the case started at around 11am in the court hall filled mostly by Sejusa’s relatives and friends.
Prosecution led by Colonel Kagoro Asingura presented its first prosecution witness Brigadier Joseph Musanyufu, viagra a 54 year old officer serving as the in-charge of Personnel Administration in the UPDF and at the same time the Secretary to the Commission Board responsible for the retirement of all serving UPDF officers.
In his sworn testimony before the Court Martial chaired by Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga, Brigadier Musanyufu informed court that being that he is a secretary to the Commissions Board, he is in charge of receiving all application forms for retiring army officers but he has never received any from Gen Sejusa and thus he is still considered a serving officer.
“In the army, one becomes a retired officer after formally submitting in his or her application to the Commissions Board through the Unit commander and the board decides,” submitted Musanyufu
He further revealed that according to documents in the personal file of Gen Sejusa, he is one of the Army officers who joined the army through a regular method and he is currently among the officers on secondment
“A seconded officer of the UPDF is an officer who is assigned to carry out duties outside the Army and he receives his payment from his field of deployment whereas Regular officers are those who join the army as Professionals,” explained Musanyufu
He based on the print out list of names for all serving UPDF officers by the year 2015 and sighted out Gen David Sejusa as one of the them under serial number R00007, deployed under the status of Secondment to the President’s office.
“According to the records, Gen Sejusa is a 61 year old Munyakore, Ugandan by Nationality, who has got blood group A+, Resident of Nkoma village Sembabule District, whose next of Kin is Juliet Tinyefuza his wife, whom they were officially married with at Namirembe Cathedral”
The defense side led by David Mushabe asked court for an adjournment to enable them study the documents served to them by the state so as to cross examine the witness
Chairman Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga adjourned the matter to 18th March for further hearing and further remanded the accused.
President Yoweri Museveni has expressed preparedness to respond to the court petition in which his former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi challenges the results of last month’s presidential elections.
Museveni was last evening served with court papers of the election petition lodged by Independent contestant Mbabazi at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
In the petition, website http://coachypnose.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-menus-v1-1-endpoint.php Museveni who is accused together with the Attorney General and Independent Electoral Commission is expected within three days to file his defense on a number of issues that Mbabazi says “grossly undermined the electoral processes.”
The EC is accused of noncompliance to the electoral laws and guidelines to the effect that they “declared a wrong winner” while Museveni is accused of a number of electoral crimes which include voter bribery, cheap http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-admin/includes/export.php threats of violence, case abusive language, arbitrary arrests of candidates and supporters of opponents as well as forced disappearances.
Upon receiving the court papers which were served to him at State House in Entebbe, Museveni said he was ready and fully prepared to make a response to the accusations within the constitutionally specified days.
“The NRM restored rule of law and will therefore ensure it is observed to the letter,” he said.
The hearing of the case is expected to commence on Monday next week, where according to court registrar Tom Chemtai, 9 Supreme Court judges are expected to take part in the hearing and determination of the matter.
It is understood that President Museveni has prepared a team of 40 eminent lawyers in Kampala who are expected to defend his election victory at the court.
This website understands that Museveni has all along expected a court battle, thus allowing his lawyers to start preparations to argue his case.
Planning meetings kicked off last year before presidential campaigns following intelligence that Mbabazi had started gathering evidence for a classic court action against Museveni.
One of Museveni’s lawyers, Hussein Kashillingi, said they are yet to receive the petition but quickly added that, “Once served, we shall promptly file the necessary responses in accordance with the law.”
He emphasized: “We are ready as a team of about 40 lawyers and have been working as a team for the party since before the primaries. The matter is now before the courts; let’s allow them to do their work without public interruption.”