EC asks public to point out anomalies in voters’ register update exercise

By Benjamin Jumbe The Electoral Commission has called for co-operation and support from members of the public ad all stakeholders if it is to ensure a credible and acceptable electoral process. The call is made by the commission chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama as a number of stakeholders raise concerns over the ongoing update of the voters’ register. Justice Byabakama says that while to err is human, once issues are raised, they will be quickly fixed. He encourages all those with complaints about the ongoing exercises to report anomalies to the commission for appropriate action.

Landslide survivors demand quick relocation to safer areas

By Viniknet  Manana & Fred Wambedde The survivors of Tuesday’s landslide in Sironko and Bududa District have asked government to speed up the relocation exercise in order to prevent more deaths as the heavy rains continue to pound Bugisu Sub-region. The landslides, which ravaged several villages in both districts left about 300 families displaced. So far, seven bodies have been recovered, three in Sironko district and four in Bududa district. Dozens of others are feared dead and are still missing. Moris Wasukira, one of the survivors says the government should come to their rescue before they are also killed by landslides. He says they are living in fear because the signs of heavy rains are still evident in the mountains. …

Museveni directs agencies to recruit basing on integrity not just qualifications

By Benjamin Jumbe President Yoweri Museveni has directed anti-graft agencies and the Uganda Revenue Authority to stop recruiting new employees based on qualifications but rather integrity. He was speaking at the anti-corruption walk which he led from the Constitution Square to Kololo Independence Grounds on Wednesday morning. The president argued that offices like the Inspectorate of Government and the Statehouse Anti-corruption unit need to have honest people with integrity if the corruption vice is to be defeated. The president admitted that the country has adequate laws against corruption but implementation has remained the challenged. He further challenged local leaders to strengthen monitoring and do more to deal with corruption. The Anti-corruption walk was held under the theme: “A corruption-free Uganda; …

EC to disqualify politicians who organise fundraising events after nomination

By Damali Mukhaye. The electoral commission chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, has revealed that no candidate will be allowed to conduct any fundraising after being nominated. He adds that when the campaigns start, no candidate shall be allowed to give out any donation or receive donations. He says such donations shall be treated as a form of bribery and corruption on the side of the candidate and will attract penalties. Justice Byabakama meanwhile says there are currently no approved candidates for the 2021 presidential race. The presidential aspirants can only be officially named after being nominated by the electoral commission.