Ochola, early this year told a joint security press briefing that the police would continue beating journalists for their own safety. At the time, several journalists had sustained injuries from the campaign trail where they were hit with batons, rubber bullets and teargas canisters, in what appeared to be a direct attack against media practitioners.
Amuriat was today appearing before the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee which is investigating cases of electoral violence that were witnessed and experienced in the recent general elections. Amuriat, also the president of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party told the committee that he experienced untold humiliation and brutality, all through the campaign.
According to Wejuli, of the three presidential candidates, only Amuriat communicated, saying that he had lost someone and was heading for burial and asked the committee to reschedule the meeting after Easter week.
The Human Rights Committee will not be able to cover the several parts of the country like they had planned but will only go to 8 districts of Ntungamo, Masaka, Mbale, Mayuge, Lira, Gulu, Kampala and Wakiso due to funding.
The Human Rights Committee Chairperson Janepher Egunyu Nantume told URN that they are facing some administrative challenges, which have hindered the start of the work. According to a source within the committee, Parliament didn’t budget for standing committees in the third quarter and they are only waiting for the next course of action.
However, Uganda Radio Network (URN)'s fact check shows that Eastern Uganda which comprised of sub-regions categorized as Elgon, Kiira, and Eastern (Teso), has a total of 144 Members of Parliament. These represent a total of 101 constituencies, 40 districts and three special interest group representatives; one for the youth, the elderly and the other representing persons with disabilities.
According to Bunyole West Member of Parliament James Waluswaka Oulanyah is very strict on time and challenges the MPs so much, while Kadaga is accommodative, even for those who are less informed, comical, spontaneous and somewhat ill-prepared for debates.
With a cumulative total of 60,564 votes, Nyanzi came third in the race won by Shamim Malende, the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate. Malende who polled 312,104 votes was followed by the National Resistance Movement candidate Faridah Nambi with 93,867 votes.
The final icing on the fuel cake comes in May when they MPs are expected to get paid a "refund" for the rises in pump fuel prices over the five years. In 2016, each member of the 9th Parliament pocketed over a hundred million shillings in the "refund".
Henry Muguzi from the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) says that over the past years, a lot of things have happened on the political arena. H says politics is more paying compared to other sectors in the country, making it the most attractive for anyone who wants to make money.
According to the data, Jinja Division North has the highest number of independents with 12 candidates followed by Samia Bugwe County North with 11 independents and Kigulu County South with 10 Independents. Others are Bbale County, Nakawa West, Kigulu North with 9 independent candidates each.
The Kampala woman's parliamentary seat has seven candidates, and so is Nakawa East, and Makindye East, Lubaga North has four candidates, Kawempe North and Makindye West have six candidates each, while Kampala Central has five candidates.