The Committee was tasked by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to take stock of violations that marred the electoral process. It is expected to report back within a month. As part of the investigation, the committee is planning to interact with Presidential candidates, securities agencies, among the police and the army, as well as victims of the said violations.
The 48 hours’ ultimatum given by Maj Gen Paul Lokech, who is the deputy Inspector General of Police comes in the wake of ongoing public outcry about operatives driving 'Drone' vehicles abducting people from various parts of the country.
Ugandans went to polls on 14th January to elect their next president and on 16th January, the Electoral Commission- EC Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the election with 5,851,037 votes representing 58.64 percent against Kyagulanyi’s 3,475,298 votes representing 34.85 percent.
Kyagulanyi accuses the Attorney General of having refused to amend the relevant laws which would ensure a free and fair elections as directed by the Supreme Court in their orders arising from the previous presidential election petitions.
Sylvia Namubiru the Chief Executive Officer of LASPNET says although there are laws in place protecting human rights, their implementation has been constrained by the impunity of security agencies and Political Interference. For instance, the right to life was violated by security personnel who killed majority of the 54 people who died during the November protests and no officer has been brought to book.
Everest Kayondo, the Chairman of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) says that the current set up within the central business district does not allow a smooth flow of business, and asked the city authorities to “drop the politics, and restore sanity in the city.
Salima Namusobya, the Executive Director Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, says the prolonged closure of schools without an open and transparent plan shared by the government leaves the population in a dilemma about the future of the learners. She adds that as the government tries to find a working solution, it should not leave other stakeholders uninformed, saying that the outcomes might be hard to mitigate.
Uganda's coffee exports for the calendar year January 2020 to December 2020 totaled to 5,492,525 bags worth US515.94 million approximately (Shs1.902Trn) compared to 4,519,563 bags worth US$436.54 million equivalent to (Shs1.610Trn) the previous year.
These are very vital in tackling emerging and re-emerging diseases, yet very costly to train, according to Dr Ario Alex Riolexus, the Director of Uganda National Institute of Public Health. He told URN in an interview that the unit cost of training one professional is USD 100,000.
The FUFA Youth Football Development Manager, Bashir Mutyaba told URN that they had decided to participate in the mini-tournament to produce a strong team. “In order to produce very results, we have decided to take part in the mini tournament in Tanzania that will run from 2nd February to 9th February,” Mutyaba told URN.
Nasiwu, who served as the federation president for two terms from 2008 -2016, was re-elected on Sunday at the Hockey pitch in Lugogo. He defeated the incumbent president, Hadjia Namanda after polling 229 votes. Eddie Okila came second with 27 votes while the incumbent trailed with 20 votes.