Former Prime Minister Hon Amama Mbabazi last evening kick-started an attempt to become the first Ugandan ever to challenge and cause the nullification of a presidential election by means of court.
Mbabazi, try http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php who lost in last month’s election together with six others to incumbent President Museveni, web through his lawyers filed an election petition at the Supreme Court, online a few minutes after the set deadline.
Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye, who claims to have won the election, could have made his third attempt at this protracted undertaking, if he was well prepared by the deadline.
But owing to his confinement at his home for more than one week by police, his party says, they were unable to get all the necessities to file their petition against the February 18th election results.
Mbabazi in his petition submits that the election was not won by President Yoweri Museveni. He believes that what was declared by the Independent Electoral Commission was not the reflection of will of the voters.
The petition is hinged on two broad complaints of none compliance on the side of the Electoral Commission and the offenses Mbabazi says were committed by the incumbent and eventual winner Yoweri Museveni.
According to Counsel Severino Twinobusingye, the EC chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu is expected to make an appearance or swear affidavit explaining himself on the a number of wrongdoings pertaining organization and conduct of the election process, which they say fell short of the national and international standards.
“For example there was the late delivery of polling materials and voting didn’t start on time at many polling stations. At some stations voting started as late as 8pm and went on up to 2am,” he said.
President Museveni on the other hand is faulted for committing election offenses such as voter bribery which is a strong ground for nullification of an election.
“How do you wake up in the middle of the election and start giving out 18million hoes to farmers?” queried Twinobusingye.
Counsel Twinobusingye is positive the Supreme Court will be ruling in their favor.
“We have a strong case,” he stressed, “stronger than Col Dr Kizza Besigye’s which he filed against the 2006 elections.”
He added, “In the coming days we are going to have a real, real battle in this court house as you will see.”
In the April 2006 ruling, the Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki narrowly rejected the request by Kizza Besigye to have the election results overturned for a vote recount or a fresh election.
In a 4 to 3 ruling, the justices deduced that while there multiple election irregularities, there was no evidence that these substantially affected the final result.
Besigye in his petition claimed widespread voter disenfranchisement, (where voters were struck off the register), counting and tallying irregularities, bribery and multiple voting.
The Supreme Court in 2001 ruled against his petition on the same grounds.
Later in 2009, one of the court justices George Wilson Kanyeihamba owned up that panel of judges erred in their judgment.
He said that the case was mishandled and that his colleagues voted unconstitutionally when they summarized their findings without giving the reasons that informed their decisions.
Not this time
However, the Supreme Court has promised Ugandans that Mbabazi’s petition will be handled more expeditiously with utmost transparency.
The court registrar Tom Chemtai told reporters after the petition was filed that, hearing of the petition will be a marathon and will be conducted even during the weekends when need arises.
The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe is expected to constitute a quorum of Supreme Court justices who will review this petition over the next 30 days.
The members of the public were encouraged to come to the Kololo court and follow the proceedings.
“A big screen and tents will be put in the compound to cater for those who won’t be accommodated in the court hall,” said Chemtai.
National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has commissioned a new booster pumping station at Centenary Park.
The booster station, medicine http://clockdodgers.com/wp-admin/includes/media.php which is part of concerted efforts by NWSC to stabilise water supply in Kampala will add 6 million litres of water per day to the Naguru Reservoir and boost supply to Ntinda, diagnosis http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/interface.jetpack-sync-codec.php Bukoto, Kisaasi, Kyebando, Najjera, Kyanja, Kungu, Buwate, Komamboga and parts of Kiira.
The project which was funded using internally generated resources included an interconnection with the low level system in Gunhill Nakasero, laying a new 5km transmission line of DN250 capacity from Centenary Park to Naguru Reservoir and installation of a booster station at Centenary Park.
NWSC is particularly proud of the project because all the work was done by NWSC engineers.
Ongoing interventions to boost Kampala Water Supply
Officials say whereas daily demand for water in Kampala is about 240 million litres per day, daily production currently stands at 200 million liters.
NWSC pointed out that it was undertaking practical interventions to meet the shortfall using a mixture of donor and internally generated funds.
“These interventions in Kampala will add 50 million litres per day of water to the existing 200 million litres/day installed capacity for Kampala City. This will total to 250million litres/day supply capacity sufficient to meet the current demand,” said NWSC publicist Samuel Apedel.
The Short term measures to meet demand include the 50 million litres additional supply through rehabilitation/expansion works at Gaba and construction of 8 million litre-tank at Namasuba hill – which will be substantially completed in April 2016.
The utility body is also constructing Namasuba – Lubowa/ Lweza and Namasuba – Mutundwe Nalumunye – Kyengera sub mains ahead of the commissioning in February 2016.
Construction of a one million litre tank at Kanyanya to stabilise supply along Gayaza -Kasangati area is substantially completed while a reservoir at Lugoba Hill will be ready by April.
Localised network rationalisation activities as need arises to ensure some water for all and installation of pump boosting facilities where technically feasible are other short term means of boosting supply.
Water for all
In the next 3-4years, NWSC intends to add more 120million litres/day of water through construction of new treatment plant at Katosi on Lake Victoria plus associated water transmission and distribution systems using a combination of government and donor funds.
A combined capacity of 370million litres per day will cater for Kampala City needs for at least next 15 years.
In another development NWSC has launched a new program aimed at reducing water loss through exposed pipes.
The programme codenamed Service Lines Water Loss Prevention (SWALOP) will involve finding exposed pipes and re-burying them at the recommended depth.
The Corporation suffers water losses from vandalism, water theft and destruction of water pipes by road construction and civil works.