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Uganda Election

General Mugisha Muntu Outlines Plan To Remove Museveni

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(Rtd) Maj. Gen. Mugish Muntu who was once a close ally of his master President Yoweri Museveni believes that Thursday will bring change to Uganda as the country heads to polls to choose the next President.

Through his political party – the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), General Mugisha Muntu is seeking to replace Museveni as the next Ugandan President.

The General has been combing through the country soliciting for votes from Ugandans, but the elections on Thursday will determine the next leader among more than a dozen Presidential candidates including Muntu.

“As we conclude the campaigning season, ANT party is working to ensure that we have polling agents at every station. The financial implications of this are enormous and we are requesting all that can support us to do so via the following campaign,” General Muntu said on Wednesday.

Supporters of the General have not been spared by government security agents who throughout the campaign process subjected them to overdoses of tear gas, beating, arrests and other forms of mistreatment.

Incumbent President Museveni that has ruled Uganda since 1986 says the opposition political parties are being financed by foreign elements that are according to him “unhappy with Uganda’s Progress”.

However, Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, with 78% under the age of 30. Uganda’s national unemployment rate is 9.2%, while the unemployment rate for youth aged 18-30 is 13.3%.

The youth are seemingly hungry for change and have demonstrated this urge through rallying behind the new opposition parties- critics believe this will deeply divide the vote for the ruling party and could result in a re-run.

“Committing to peaceful transition on the part of all change seeking forces is critical. We have done so, which is why we are on the ballot. Equally important, is for the regime to do the same. No Ugandan should die because they disagree with the government,” Muntu said.

Muntu says the regime has tried to disrupt our activities and limit the election narrative to non-issues. We are focused on ensuring the people hear the issues

Although Ugandan youth are commonly regarded as highly entrepreneurial – and it’s true that Uganda hosts the greatest number of young entrepreneurs on the continent – in reality, most youth-run businesses are small-scale and informal, with little employment-generating effect and a very high discontinuation rate.

The country is facing crucial systemic barriers that limit economic growth and job creation. Chief among these is an unfavourable business climate, characterised by an often-prohibitive cost of doing business, and limited access to start-up or scale-up capital.

The poor quality of basic education also inadequately prepares youth for work, and limited infrastructure to support business operations and logistics means businesses struggle to engage with markets.

With these challenges, the youth are making a statement in demand for a shift from the ordinary that they have enveloped in for three decades of Museveni’s rule.

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Ugandan Court Lifts Opposition Leader Bobi Wine’s House Arrest

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A Ugandan court has ordered security forces to cease surrounding the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine, whose house arrest since a mid-month presidential election has drawn international pressure, his lawyer said on Monday.

Troops have blocked the 38-year-old pop star-turned-politician from leaving his house in a suburb of the capital Kampala since he voted in the Jan. 14 election where he ran against long-serving incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

“The judge ordered that the state and its agencies should immediately vacate his property and his right to personal liberty should immediately be reinstated,” lawyer George Musisi told Reuters.

Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986, was declared winner of the poll with 59% of votes versus 35% for Wine, who had for years denounced corruption and nepotism in his songs.

He rejected the result, alleging fraud which the government denies.

Musisi said the judge also ruled that if there were any serious allegations against Wine, he should be brought before a court or police.

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said he had no immediate comment as the ruling had not been received.

There was no immediate reaction from the government or confirmation from the court.

U.S. ambassador Natalie E. Brown had tried to visit Wine at his home, drawing an accusation of meddling and subversion from the Ugandan government.

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Uganda To Restore Social-media Sites On ‘Case-by-Case Basis’

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The Uganda government insisted, it will maintain a tight grip on social-media sites as it attempts to deal with the post election security situation.

Kampala authorities said they were still analyzing the situation and sites will be restored on “a case-by-case basis,” according to Information, Communication and Technology and National Guidance Minister of State Peter Ogwang.

The Internet cables in Uganda were plugged out just hours before the election day. Uganda closed social-media sites and blocked access to the internet on the eve of presidential elections on January 14.

Access to the internet was restored on January 18.

The government said it will maintain its shutdown of Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms until the government deems they’re safe from being used to inflame tensions, reported state owned New Vision newspaper.

Meanwhile, the opposition which lost to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, have also swept the parliamentary seats for constituencies within the central region including the Mayor of the Capital Kampala.

However, for former presidential candidate in the just concluded presidential elections, Gen Henry Tumukunde, says the option of going to court to challenge the victory of NRM presidential candidate Museveni is still on the table.

Across opposition strongholds in Kampala, the reaction to President Museveni’s contested re-election has been muted, with his rival’s supporters too fearful — or dispirited — to take to the streets.

Analysts say, this could be the reason why government will maintain a grip on the internet until the anger in the opposition camp is over. The military is largely present and in-charge of security within the capital city which is also the main opposition stronghold.

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Singer Jose Chameleon Competing For Kampala Mayor Seat

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Uganda’s dancehall artiste Jose Chameleon aka Mayanja Joseph has this morning cast his vote in a tight race for the Kampala city Mayor seat. He is running as an Independent candidate without any affiliation to a political party.

“I have a big chance of winning this. At first, they disrespected artistes who joined politics but our music has done a good job. Get my songs and remove the beats and read the message you will realise we write with a purpose. We see different things happening to people. Unless they rig these elections, but people are ready and willing to vote for Mayanja because they have studied me and found out that I’m the right person. I can’t sing all these songs and still have a coconut head,” said Chameleone.

At around 9AM, the singer finished casting his vote at Mutungo Biina, Kaduuka polling station. He said he was confident that he will emerge successful at the end of the day.

Uganda is currently holding elections for the Lord Mayor, directly elected councillors and women councillors for Kampala Capital City Authority and the ten cities across the country.

Reports indicate that at all the polling stations, the turn out is still so low and some people place the blame on the dissatisfaction that came from the Presidential and parliamentary elections.

Incumbent Kampala city Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has attributed the low voter turnout in the district elections to what he believes were irregularities in the Presidential election that led to NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi being locked up in his own home.

Another artist Daniel Kazibwe populary known by his stage name Ragga Dee is contending for the Mayoral seat on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket. He cast his vote at Kizungu meeting point polling station in Makindye 1.

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