For more than ten years, drivers been operating on a four-months renewable contract which they say makes then uncertain of the future. Their current contracts expire on 31st October 2020 and they say they have not received any information of renewal. Usually, the renewal process starts in the third month of the contract.
On Wednesday, Bushenyi NRM registrar, Archangel Barekye, says the voting was suspended because the youth who petitioned the party's electoral commission were demanding for the findings from the tribunal which were not yet ready.
In the weeks leading to today's nomination exercise, Mayanja was involved in a number of controversies in pursuit of the NUP flag, which he eventually failed to get and chose to contest as an independent candidate.
The FDC candidate Anthony Muhwezi who was defeated by NRM’s Ronald Bagamuhunda for the Committee Chairperson seat claims that the Resident District Commissioner Kabale Darius Nandinda bribed each youth with 30,000 shillings to vote only NRM candidates.
The matters resurfaced this morning when Kanvaly Bamba, the SGS Country Manager appeared before the Physical Infrastructure committee of parliament to discuss the relationship between the company and government agencies, as well as its newly negotiated contract with the Ministry of Works.
Lukwago arrived at at the nomination centre at 1 p.m, amidst tight security. But the situation turned rowdy after police blocked the road with metallic barricades to stop the huge numbers of people he had come with. Many had been at the nomination centre earlier, to wait for his arrival.
The 46 CSO’s include National NGO Forum, Africa Freedom of Information Centre, Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), Coalition Centre for Electoral Democracy (CCEDU), Centre for Basic Research, Action for Development (ACFODE) and Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE).
A police patrol vehicle, filled with police officers is packed in front of the entrance blocking access of non-authorised personnel. Entrance is, at the moment limited to aspirants and journalists, who are first scrutinised, while all the rest are advised to keep a safe distance, away from the nomination centre.
Medical personnel need to be equipped with N95 masks, surgical masks, and face shields, gowns and gloves among others, before caring for COVID-19 suspects and confirmed cases. But many of them have reported a shortage of both personal effects and protective equipment amidst the dire need.
While announcing the re-opening of Entebbe International airport, President Yoweri Museveni announced said that all returning passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before travelling to Uganda.
Across Jonglei and Unity State, homes and clinics have been submerged, communities have been stranded and animals “lie dead in the fields”, WFP said in a statement. Schools that were due to open next week “are filled with the homeless”.
The Executive Director of Food Rights Alliance, Agnes Kirabo says if a farmer in Uganda who produces 10 kilograms of maize is likely to lose 1.2 Kilograms of the yield on the farm. At the global level, FAO estimates that 14 per cent of the food produced is lost between the harvest and post harvest leading to 40 million dollars loss by smallholder farmers.
Several local organizations that partner with international donors to support the poor children access education have been registering regrets from their partners who attribute their inability to continue supporting the learners to Covid-19 pandemic disruptions on their economic status.