By Dickens Honeywell Okello and Kenneth Kazibwe
Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is today Monday expected to announce his 2016 Presidential bid, sildenafil http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-download-monitor/includes/sdm-latest-downloads.php with police warning his supporters of serious consequences should they hold city demonstrations.
It is hoped Mbabazi will make his declaration at Kampala Serena Hotel in the afternoon.
This will mark months of speculation about his next political move after being sacked as premier and toppled from powerful position of NRM Secretary General last year.
NRM Poor Youth Group which has previously held demonstrations in support of Mbabazi’s alleged presidential bid, thumb have since announced plans to celebrate his much-anticipated declaration.
However, healing police have warned they didn’t receive any notification of any planned political activity and that Mbabazi’s supporters will not be allowed on Kampala streets.
Below is the Police statement in full:
Uganda Police Force
The Police has received information that a group linked to former Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, intends to stage demonstrations in Kampala, Municipalities, and other major towns in Uganda, tomorrow, Monday, 15th June, 2015.
As we verify this information, this is to alert the general public that the Police has not been notified of such demonstrations as is required by the Public Order Management Act, and should, therefore, not be deceived into participating into them.
The demonstrations, if indeed, they are planned, are illegal. Therefore, whoever is involved in organizing the demonstrations, or intends to participate in them will be in violation of the law, and will face criminal sanctions in accordance with the law.
To avoid confusion, however, we must reiterate that the Police is not against anybody expressing their views/opinions/grievances publicly.
But this must be done peacefully and unarmed, and the requirements under, particularly, the Public Order Management Act, (especially the 3 days’ notice) must be adhered to.
In this case, Police has no notification of such meetings, and will take all measures to protect public order and public peace.
Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga
Press and Public Relations Officer Uganda Police
After keeping the nation guessing and security on tenterhooks for over six months, tadalafil http://ca-uqam.info/wp-admin/includes/comment.php former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has finally declared his intention to contest for the highest political seat in the land come 2016.
In a 5-minute video released on YouTube at 4:30am, Mbabazi did not mince his words, saying, “I will be seeking your vote, first within my party the NRM as its flag bearer; and later on in the whole country for President in the 2016 Presidential elections.”
After being sacked as Premier and later toppled as NRM Secretary General, Mbabazi chose to take a low profile as he laid down a plan to challenge his once best friend and ally, President Museveni in the 2016 election.
Mbabazi held high profile positions in government after NRM seized power in 1986 including Attorney General, Director General, External Security Organisation, Minister of Security, Minister of Defence and Prime Minister.
He once was thought to have been Museveni’s preferred successor until last year when he was humiliated with a sacking as premier.
The declaration caught majority of Ugandans by surprise as the presidential hopeful departed from the traditional methods of using press conferences to make key announcements.
The pronouncement came just a few hours after Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga warned that “Police have received information that a group linked to former Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, intends to stage demonstrations in Kampala, Municipalities, and other major towns in Uganda, tomorrow, Monday, 15th June, 2015.”
He added: “As we verify this information, this is to alert the general public that the Police has not been notified of such demonstrations as is required by the Public Order Management Act, and should, therefore, not be deceived into participating into them.”
Enanga said, “The demonstrations, if indeed, they are planned, are illegal. Therefore, whoever is involved in organizing the demonstrations, or intends to participate in them will be in violation of the law, and will face criminal sanctions in accordance with the law.”
Below is Mbabazi’s declaration in full:
My Declaration to the People of Uganda
My fellow Ugandans,
I greet you wherever you are. It is a great privilege for me to address you.
I come before you today, to tell you that I will be seeking your vote, first within my party the NRM as its flag bearer; and later on in the whole country for President in the 2016 Presidential elections.
The coming election is about the future, about making Uganda work for everyone.
It is about reinvigorating our country and making it fit for the 21st century and beyond.
And it is about breathing new life into our system of government – a system that has become weak and inefficient.
We need to revive our mission to improve education, health and public services and ensure that they are delivered fairly and to high standards.
We need to restore our party, the NRM, and return to its roots – a genuine, accountable and democratic movement.
And we, as a country, need to rediscover our democratic principles.
52 years ago we gained our independence and Uganda has since achieved many things.
We have united the country and increased prosperity…
Attained a greater level of peace and security…
Greatly improved the provision of education and won the respect of the international community…
These are all achievements of which I am sure the men and women – who even before Independence envisioned what Uganda would look like as a self-sufficient nation – would be proud of.
We have too much to be proud of to allow anyone to belittle those gains.
Yet we still face many challenges. It is abundantly clear that what Ugandans want now, what you want, is not simply a change in leadership but a change of systems, a change in order: The kind of change that will not only strengthen the gains of the last 52 years, but will enable the nation to rise above where it is today.
To bring about this change I believe we must focus on eight critical things:
Reviving Uganda’s democracy and institutions.
Transforming the economy and attracting heavy local and foreign investment.
Promoting equitable development where all communities and all regions of the country equally benefit from decisions made by the government.
Providing jobs that are fit for the 21st century.
Ensuring a greater level of accountability on the part of your leaders and making a stronger effort at fighting corruption at all levels…
Reinforcing observance of and respect for the rule of law while ensuring security for all.
Providing good quality healthcare.
Enhancing the quality of education and addressing the skills gap.
43 years ago as a youth and, later on, as a young idealistic lawyer with a hunger for justice I joined the struggle against the destructive forces that were threatening to derail the self-governing hopes and dreams of our new democracy.
That hunger still remains.
As most of you know, I have dedicated many years of my life to serving the people of Uganda. My loyalty is absolute.
It is to the people and Constitution of Uganda. It is to the founding principles of the National Resistance Movement and the values for which I fought as a young man and for which many lost their property, liberty and even their lives.
This is the most important election in a generation.
As a people we must choose between achieving success and true prosperity in the new global economy or nursing a tired nation – yesterday’s story.
You will be making a choice for your families, for your children and the generations to come.
In the coming days you will hear and read, in greater detail, more about my plans for Uganda’s future.
The future is not secured by what we do tomorrow; it is entirely determined by the decisions we make today.
You hold Uganda’s future in your hands.
So I want to urge you to take the first step – by choosing a fairer society and a democratic future.
A new age is upon us and upon this our focus must rest
Yesterday is gone and today’s challenges must have newer, better answers.
Uganda can work. Together, let’s make it work.