Several businesses remained closed in the Central Business District as President Museveni prepared to take oath at the Kololo Independence Ceremonial grounds. Entrance into town through Wandegeya was limited for motor vehicles only, while Bodaboda cyclists could only access the city centre through Lumumba avenue.
The neighbourhood, which hosts two main opposition leaders; Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform and Dr Kiiza Besigye, of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC political party, was earmarked as a security hotspot, during preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni, currently taking place at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
The Presidents included Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Ethiopia’s Sahle Worke Zewde and Alpha Conde of Guinea. Others were Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi, and Hage Geingob of Namibia. The Presidents were received by ministers, officials from foreign affairs at Entebbe International Airport.
URN reporters in Masaka, Jinja, Mbale, Hoima, Luwero and Arua have observed unusual deployment of anti-riot police and Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers patrolling the towns in anticipation of possible protests by opposition supporters.
This comes after URA revalued the car at USD 166,700 ( 601 million Shillings) and revised the tax payable on it to more than 300 million. The Toyota Land Cruiser was imported into the country in November last year from Kenya and cleared in January, according to URA.
Coordinators stressed this during the Kigezi region delegates review meeting held at Heras Country Resort in Kabale district on Monday. The meeting was aimed at sharing challenges faced during the election cycle and generating ideas for the next five-year strategic plan.
“The people of Uganda value their relationship with the global community and appreciate the concern shown by the United States on the deteriorating situation regarding human rights and civil liberties. It is our hope that other nations of the world will follow suit and support our quest for freedom and democracy,” reads the statement in part.
The newly elevated Gulu City was among the areas with the lowest voter turn up in the country with only 34,916 people participating in the exercise, out of the 101,401 registered voters from 188 polling stations. This is a drastic decline from the 101,588 voters who participated in the process from the same area in 2016.
The Committee Vice-Chairperson, Agnes Taaka Wejuli told the delegation that they had received several complaints against the army including excessive use of force, disruption of rallies, arbitrary arrests and detention in military facilities.
Last month, James Onguu Tar who contested on the National Resistance Movement-NRM party ticket petitioned the court seeking annulment of Okae’s victory. He claims that the elections were characterised by irregularities.
Nakisekka, the incumbent Masaka district Vice-Chairperson who however unsuccessfully for Masaka City female councilor representing Nyendo-Mukungwe Division, argues that the tendency of assigning staff permanent stations of work throughout the election process abets malpractice.
John Kikonyogo, the deputy party spokesperson said that although there are two people who have expressed interest in contesting for the office of speaker and deputy speaker respectively, the party is yet to agree on a candidate they will be supporting. Kikonyogo said the role of choosing the party flagbearers is solely vested in the hands of the party Electoral Commission led by Toterebuka Bamwenda.
Muntu made the comment during the ANT post-election review in Soroti on Saturday while meeting candidates who participated in the 2021 general elections from Teso sub region. He noted that whereas elections are supposed to open gates for the fresh breed of leaders with development ideas, some of the politicians only join the arena to make ends meet.
Byabakama told the Human Rights Commitee of Parliament that although the election was a success on their part, the entire process was conducted amidst limitations, which could not allow them to reach Ugandans across the country. During the time, which was planned for voter education, gatherings were limited to only 70 people and later adjusted to accommodate 200 people.