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Masindi Civil Servants Banned from Making Political Statements

Abdullah Musobya Kiganda, the Masindi district Chief Administrative Officer, has banned civil servants against making political statements or declaring their intentions to contest for various political offices in the 2016 general elections saying that it is against the law.
 

Abdullah Musobya Kiganda, the Masindi district Chief Administrative Officer, has banned civil servants against making political statements or declaring their intentions to contest for various political offices in the 2016 general elections saying that it is against the law.

 

\"I have noted that some public officers employed by Masindi district local government have on numerous occasions made political statements at public functions, others have declared their intentions to stand for political offices in the forthcoming general elections and some have gone to the extent of printing campaign posters and flyers,\" he said.

 

Kiganda said that government of Uganda standing orders require a public officer who wishes to contest for a position in a political party to retire. 

 

Kiganda says that in case a public officer fails to follow the law regarding elections, he has no any other options but to take disciplinary proceedings against them.

 

Moses Kirungi, the senior ophthalmic officer Masindi hospital who wants to challenge Bunyoro affairs minister Ernest Kiiza for the Masindi municipality parliamentary seat says that the CAO is right when it comes to the standing orders. He, however, disclosed that the law is silent about primary elections.

 

\"What I know is that I am supposed to retire or resign 90 days to the nomination,\" he said.

 

Abubakar Kayongo, the electoral commission legal officer, says that the electoral laws only look at people who have already been nominated as candidates.

 

\"Before nominations, we are not in the electoral process and the law cannot catch up with civil servants who are actively campaigning,\" he said.

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