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Daily Monitor | National Consultation on Free and Fair Elections conference Begins at Hotel Africana President Museveni Absent

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Posted November 25, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Inside Politics ~ 1,690 views

     

Participants wave Uganda flags during the National Consultation on Free and Fair Elections conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA

Participants wave Uganda flags during the National Consultation on Free and Fair Elections conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA

Daily Monitor — Kampala- President Museveni yesterday skipped the opening of the National Consultation on Free and Fair Elections where he had been invited to officiate. There was also no official government representation at the start of the three-day conference which was convened by a select group of senior citizens to debate issues that must be in place to ensure that the 2016 elections are free and fair.

“We invited the President and we have been following up with his office, we haven’t seen him but as organisers, we still expect him to turn up,” Mr Job Kiija, a member of the organising committee, said.

Mr Kiija said while government had not sent an official delegation, a section of ruling party MPs, district chairpersons, and speakers, the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), and the UPDF had been represented.

In a telephone interview with Daily Monitor yesterday, Mr Tamale Mirundi, President Museveni’s press secretary, said his boss has a lot of work to do and has already made proposals on elections.

“The President has a lot of work to do. I am not even sure if they invited him, besides he has already made his proposals to the NRM party,” Mr Mirundi said.

He said Ugandans don’t understand that it is not the President’s call to change the electoral system but the parameters are spelt out in the Constitution.

“We have been holding elections so if there is any challenge, then it is in the electoral law and the organs mandated to make amendments to the Constitution are clear,” Mr Mirundi said, adding that the President can only help to sell the idea to the majority ruling NRM MPs.

NRM faulted
However, former Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye, who attended the conference, said the reason Mr Museveni was not attending such a meeting was because the NRM government has been stealing votes in the past elections.

“It is a shame that we have to go through this after 30 years of NRM when the very reason we went to the bush was because an election had been stolen,” Dr Besigye said.

He has thrice contested the presidency (2001, 2006 and 2011) against President Museveni.

ATTENDED MEETING

Some of the notable Opposition members who attended the meeting include FDC leader Mugisha Muntu, Uganda Federal Alliance president Beti Kamya, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, leader of the Conservative Party John Ken Lukyamuzi, Dr Abed Bwanika, the People’s Development Party president and former Katikkiiro of Buganda Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemogerere, among others.

The executive director NGO Forum, Mr Richard Ssewakiryanga, said the meeting will discuss proposals and recommendations generated through the 14 regional meetings held countrywide since the beginning of this year.

sdkafeero@ug.nationmedia.com


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