The Prime Minister of Uganda, this web http://coastalsignsinc.com/components/com_k2/views/item/view.raw.php Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has hailed the EAC Secretariat and various partners for creating a platform for young people to discuss their role in the future of their respective countries and most importantly the East African region.
This was on Friday during the official opening the 4th EAC University Students’ Debate on Regional Integration at the International University of East Africa campus in Kasanga, http://clinicalresearchsociety.org/wp-admin/includes/file.php Kampala.
Rugunda said as young people, http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-upload-media-v1-1-endpoint.php the youth should continue to explore the opportunities being availed by the East African Community and to use such platforms to hasten their knowledge and network among themselves.
The Prime Minister, who was represented by Prof. Dr. Sandy Stevens Tickodri Tagaboa, the State Minister in charge of Higher Education, Science and Technology, said there was need to encourage dialogues among the youths to promote the ethos of ethical and accountable leadership aimed at developing positive attitudes among the young people in the region.
He said since the 4th EAC University Students’ Debate was focusing on values, ethics and leadership, the three form the moral fibre of society and were critical to moulding the choices that youth make by imparting in them the desired principles such as integrity and accountability which are key in advancing the broad aims of the EAC integration, with youth as key stakeholders.
The Prime Minister disclosed that a National Youth Policy in Uganda was formulated in 2002 with the aim of enhancing youth participation in overall development processes and improving their quality of life.
Dr. Rugunda noted that corruption remains a key challenge in the region and it was worrying that only about 53% of East Africans think they can make a difference in the fight against the vice. “This is an alarming statistic and as young people, you should ensure that you fight this trend”
He said the young people today had embraced the power of the internet and social media to interact, express themselves and to make their voice heard in a way that was not possible before.
He therefore called upon the youth in the region to make linkages between democratic processes and these new ways of expression and communication and to use them to reinforce rather than threaten democracy.
While welcoming the students and invited guests to the event, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Mr. Charles Njoroge said the Debate was one among other initiatives aimed at bringing young people on board to dialogue on core issues pertinent to the EAC integration agenda.
The Deputy Secretary General reaffirmed that the theme for the debate; the importance of upholding democratic principles, ethics and accountability among youth in advancing EAC integration, was very timely as ethics, integrity and upholding principles of democratic governance were among the fundamental principles and core values of the EAC.
Over 200 young men and women from different Universities in Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are participating in the 2-day event.
Majority Rwandans have voted in favour of the revised constitution that will among other things allow President Paul Kagame to contest for a third term in 2017, viagra http://ccrail.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php Chimp Corps report.
The adjusted Constitution also allows Kagame to seek two more five-year terms should he win another 7-year term at end of 2017.
Wild jubilations were recorded across the country as soon as the National Electoral Commission chairperson, information pills http://clearlakefestival.ca/wp-includes/date.php Prof. Kalisa Mbanda announced the provisional results showing popular support for the amended Constitution.
“The general provisional results indicate that the turnout is 98.28 percent, story http://cheesejaguar.com/wp-content/plugins/lightbox-2/options.php ” said Kalisa.
“98.13 percent voted ‘yes’ while 1.71 percent voted ‘no’ in this election,” added the NEC chief.
Provisional results in Kirehe District showed that 98.59 percent voted in favour of the new Constitution while a paltry 1.41 percent voted ‘no.’
0.57 percent of the votes in Kirehe were invalid.
In Rwamagana, 99.78 percent voted ‘yes’ yet 0.2 percent were opposed to the Constitutional amendments. 0.44 percent of the total vote count was declared invalid.
In Bugesera District, 99.07 percent were supportive of the new law book while just 0.93 percent maintained their opposition to the changes in the Constitution. The rest of the votes were invalid.
Observers say the referendum is a big test of the popularity of President Kagame and his party, RPF ahead of the 2017 general elections.
Kagame, who commanded the RPF guerrilla force that stopped the genocide in 1994 before embarking on the rigorous journey of rebuilding of the nation, is seen by many as a hero.
The young generation born after the genocide sees in Kagame, a revolutionary leader determined to push the country to greater heights.
However, Kagame has also been equally criticised for suppressing dissent and harassing political opponents – charges he vehemently denies.
Speaking after casting his vote on Friday, Kagame was asked on what new thing he would offer to Rwanda.
He responded: “Let them first look at the record – maybe we can build from that.”
He further said Rwandans have the “future in their own hands.”
On the ‘big announcement,’ the ruling RPF chairman said it would come “any time.”
Diaspora Voting pattern
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97.64% – Yes
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Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has spent an entire week without campaigning as his colleagues continue to dig deep in upcountry areas for votes ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.
With the Christmas season setting in, treatment http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/styles-with-shortcodes/includes/class.sws_visual_columns.php Mbabazi might return to the campaign trail after next week.
On December 14 (Monday), Mbabazi posted on his Facebook page: “Dear Friends. We will be taking a break today to finalize the National campaign task force.”
Since then, Mbabazi has not returned to the campaign trail.
Highly placed sources told ChimpReports that Mbabazi spends the better part of his time handling administrative issues at his office in Nakasero, Kampala.
Mbabazi’s last campaign in Ntungamo was marred by violence with his security guards clobbering Museveni’s supporters in the township.
Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura has since then ordered the arrest of Mbabazi’s ‘Kiboko Squad’ members.
The commander of Mbabazi’s guard, Christopher Aine, was this week arrested by police commandos and detained for interrogation.
On the other hand, Dr Besigye is in Western Uganda canvassing for support.
On Friday, Besigye rallied the Mitooma, maintaining his message of defiance, liberation of citizen power and rebuilding the state.
He promised to fight graft and make considerable investments in mechanized agriculture and healthcare.