Kaheru lists three broad areas of achievements under his tenure including developing human capital in which the organization’s professional staff number attached to the secretariat grew from two in 2009 to 15 full time staff in 2019. He also says he is leaving behind a team of 9,645 trained, domestic election observers spread across the country.
The National Coordinator of the Citizens Coalition for Electoral
Democracy (CCEDU) Crispin Kaheru has resigned.
Kaheru in a three paged resignation letter dated September 11th, 2019 addressed
to the chairperson CCEDU Board Dr Miria R.K Matembe says that his resignation
takes effect on October 11th this year.
Kaheru states in the letter that he is quitting the coalition after exactly
nine years having fulfilled his personal goals which he pledged while joining
the electoral advocacy group.
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Kaheru lists three broad areas of achievements under his tenure including
developing human capital in which the organization’s professional staff number
attached to the secretariat grew from two in 2009 to 15 full-time staff in
2019. He also says he is leaving behind a team of 9,645 trained, domestic
election observers spread across the country.
“CCEDU has built a robust human resource pool in every district of Uganda which
has kept CCEDU on top of political and electoral developments in the country every
day” he states in the letter.
The board is yet to respond to Kaheru's resignation.
The third achievement he cites in the letter is programmes and
partnership for effective advocacy for electoral reforms, conducting voter
mobilization campaigns and monitoring electoral processes.
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“During my tenure, I have had the honour of coordinating critical nationwide
citizen-centred electoral advocacy efforts as well as superintending over
non-conventional voter mobilization campaigns such as Honour Your vote,
Votability and Topowa” he says adding that these campaigns positively
influenced millions of Ugandans to participate in the 2016 General elections.
According to Kaheru, he led election monitoring missions for domestic and
international elections on behalf of CCEDU, represented CCEDU in the Uganda National
Dialogue process since 2016 and worked with a civic group that leverages the
voluntary spirit of hundreds of thousands of its members across the
Last year, the Electoral Commission suspended CCEDU from observing elections in
Uganda citing partisan practices in its work halting dissemination of electoral
messages at a critical time for bye-elections and elections in new
constituencies across the country.
Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugyenyi, said in
July CCEDU shunned the women council election calling it a sham despite the big
turn up. He also accused CCEDU officials of going to the media and discrediting
the electoral processes.
The suspension was later lifted after series of discussions and negotiations.