Members who attended the meeting that ended close to 8;30 pm, told URN that although there were proposals that the members spend the night at State House, Entebbe to finalize the matter, many suggested that the meeting be moved to 8 am on Sunday so that both the candidates for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker can be agreed upon.
Using Botometer, a social media observatory tool created at Indiana University which can detect suspected bot accounts, URN reporters found out that five of the top ten accounts tweeting about NRM manifesto messages and events are suspected bot accounts. Botometer places the likelihood of the accounts in question to be bots above 72 percent.
Dr Lochap has also picked NRM nomination forms to compete for the Jie County Parliamentary seat, the same constituency he has previously wanted to represent on the FDC ticket. He will compete with Peter Abrahams Lokii, the NRM District Chairperson and Another contender Ambrose Lotukei, for the endorsement.
The objective of the Bill is to amend the Administration of Parliament Act to allow for the election of Leader of Opposition following the nomination of at least three contenders by the leading opposition party. It also seeks to amend the method of choosing the party whips, choosing the deputy Leader of Opposition and whips.
At the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, the Acting Administrator Officer of the Party, Pauline Namyazi said that most of the party leaders had pitched camp in Bugiri where their Candidate Eunice Namatende is tussling with NRMs Francis Oketcho and JEEMAs Asuman Basalirwa.
The Electoral Commissioner Lawyer, Hamid Lugoloobi arrived after Justice Sekana had adjourned court. Achola ran to court on June 19th 2018 after Electoral Commission nullified her nomination, saying the names on her nomination papers dont correspond to those on her academic papers.
Jude Mbabaali, lawyer who also doubles as the Masaka District Chairpersons says due to the fact that the right of Public Officers to contest in LC1 and LC2 elections without resigning their offices was removed by Section 1 of the Local Government Amendments Act No.2 2006, which deleted Section 1166 b Mutebi could not be elected.
In his letter to Achola, the Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, said the candidate did not provide the Electoral Commission with any evidence indicating that there was compliance with the law when she adopted the said names during the national identity card enrollment exercise in 2015.
Mujasis victory had been nullified by High Court Judge Margaret Oumo Oguli following an application filed by his political rival, Vincent Magombe, claiming that the polls were marred with vote rigging, voter intimidation and bribery.
It is reported that after the loan application was rejected by Parliament on January 7, 2016, the Ministry of Finance amended the objective of the loan to indicate that money was urgently needed to procure medical supplies for the country. It was subsequently approved three months later.
Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju county MP, says MPs who supported the amendments have worked against the country. He argues that the approved amendments are not for peace, development and transformation of the country.
Government ministers took over the moment of laying wreaths on behalf of the opposition, whose absence was not explained. Ruth Nankabirwa, the Government chief whip laid the wreath on behalf of the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, while Chris Baryomunsi the State for Housing laid the wreath on behalf of Secretary-General Forum for Democratic Change Nandala Mafabi.
Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament is the latest opposition legislator to return the money. Mpuuga returned the money to the finance office in parliament on Thursday afternoon.
Both opposition and the ruling party legislators are engaged in closed-door meetings ahead of a possible showdown this afternoon over a motion seeking to lift the presidential age limits from the constitution.