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ANALYSIS: New EC, old problems

Museveni’s new team at Electoral Commission in trouble even before it starts work When outgoing Electoral Commission Chairman Baddru Kigundu announced the Presidential election results on Feb. 20, there was a sizable backlash from a cross-section of Ugandans. Many of them did not believe the results were a true reflection …

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Danger from Museveni’s new permanent secretaries

President Yoweri Museveni’s recent reshuffle of Permanent Secretaries is the latest sign of his ad hoc way of appointing government officials which experts warn is detrimental to public service.Museveni on Nov. 04 reshuffled permanent secretaries, dismissing some of the longest serving permanent secretaries and transferring others. Prominent among those removed …

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Bogus elections, costly by-elections

Electoral Commission criticized as cost of elections to be repeated nears Shs30bn About 25% of the outcomes of the 488 parliamentary elections conducted in February are being challenged in courts of law. That is not to mention the main one; the presidential election, which was also challenged in court. If …

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What next for Besigye?

By Agather Atuhaire Besieged opposition leader launches defiance campaign, FDC members react Former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye appears cornered. He has been under virtual house arrest since the election ended and his party’s demands for his release have fallen on deaf ears. He even failed to file a petition in …

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200 MPs kicked out

By Agather Atuhaire Voters punish incumbents but experts fear what that means for Parliament Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga, Justice Minister Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Lands Daudi Migereko, Minister of Information Jim Muhwezi, Shadow Finance Minister Geofrey Ekanya, and ranking member Emmanuel Dombo had all been in parliament for at …

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Did Ugandans really not vote?

By Agather Atuhaire EC announced 63% turnout but long queues send different message As Ugandans voted in presidential and parliamentary election on Feb.18, one of them, Jackie, posted on her Facebook page that she was overwhelmed by Ugandans determination to vote. She was voting for the first time and said …

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Useless audits

By Agather Atuhaire Cases show how Auditor General’s reports are treated no better than garbage The Office of the Auditor General (AG) needs to be mandated to issue reports that are conclusive on their own and compelling enough for the police and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to act …

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MPs free at last

By Agather Atuhaire Supreme Court ruling on rebel MPs removes burden of toeing party line On Oct.30, in a 6:1 majority, the Supreme Court in Kampala ruled that an MP cannot lose their seat in the House upon expulsion from their party.  The ruling overturned an earlier Constitutional Court decision …

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