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The incumbent Member of Parliament Buyaga West County in Kibaale District and also NRM flag bearer Hon. Barnabas Tinkasimire has been nominated unopposed for the 2016 general elections.

The District EC Registrar Kibaale Eric Gimei yesterday ended the nomination exercise successfully, order http://curesoffersandproducts.com/top/erectile/blackcore1.php declaring only Tinkasimire as the only candidate in the race for the constituency.

Tinkasimire who recently returned to the ruling NRM party won the October primaries with overwhelming support, http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-session-handler.php beating his rival Denis Namara the NRM national youth chairperson and senior presidential advisor.

The reformed former rebel MP garnered in the party primaries 30,181 votes followed by Denis Namara who scored 15632 Ponsiano Tumwesigye with 989 and Bernard Mumbere who trailed with 362.

“I attribute my success to hard work and good services rendered to the electorate and also thank God for using me to do this work,” MP Tinkasiimire said after nomination.

He said is determined to serve the people of Buyaga west and asked them to support President Yoweri Museveni the NRM party candidate in the 2016 elections.
The Federal Republic of Germany has hailed the commitment of the five East African Community (EAC) Partner States to the EAC integration process.

The Deputy Director General for Sub-Saharan Africa at the German Foreign Office, approved http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-includes/class-wp-matchesmapregex.php Mr George Schmidt, visit this site http://cnet-training.com/wp-admin/includes/comment.php at the same time said that Germany would continue to promote trade and development cooperation with the EAC.

Mr Schmidt disclosed that Germany’s support for regional integration was based on her post-World War II reconstruction efforts especially the benefits occasioned by closer cooperation with Europe.

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“For us, http://communityvet.net/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/acceptance.php regional integration was not a loss of sovereignty but the regaining of sovereignty. That is why Germans have an ease when dealing with regional integration,” said Mr Schmidt, adding, “For the African continent, regional integration was a good way of mitigating the artificial boundaries drawn by the European colonial powers.

Mr Schmidt observed that the EAC Partner States had a long history of integration noting that it was encouraging that the Community was actively engaging the private sector, civil society and ordinary East Africans in the integration process.

Mr Schmidt was addressing the annual meeting of political advisers for Economic Cooperation and Development at the East African Legislative Assembly plenary hall in Arusha, Tanzania.

The focus of this year’s meeting was on the aspect of regional economic and political integration, especially the role of Regional Economic Communities in Africa.

Mr Schmidt led a 60-person delegation who engaged staff of the EAC on pertinent issues on regional integration in East Africa and by extension the African continent.

The Director of Infrastructure at the EAC Secretariat, Mr Philip Wambugu, who represented the Secretary General praised Germany for its assistance to the EAC dating back many years.

“The German Federal Government was the first development partner in 1997 to commit technical and financial assistance to the re-established Community and renewed integration efforts. Since then, the partnership has been growing and deepening and to date, German support in the EAC at the regional level exceeds 200 million euros in support of our integration efforts and programmes,” Mr Wambugu said.

Mr Wambugu further said that the East African Monetary Union Protocol was currently under implementation with the development of supportive legislation to anchor its institutions and processes.

“We look up to German support in the implementation of the protocol given the centrality of Germany in the Euro economic zone and currency stability,” he added.

He described as extremely high the potential for economic transformation in the EAC through trade and industrialisation.
The East African Legislative Assembly has granted leave to two Members to introduce Private Members’ Bills pursuant to article 59(1) of the Treaty and Rule 64 of the Rules of Procedure.

Uganda’s representative, stomach http://chancellorinsja.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-sites-list-table.php Hon. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa will move the EAC Whistleblowers Protection Bill, visit http://colosseo.com.br/wp-admin/includes/comment.php 2015 while Hon. Frederic Ngenzebuhoro has been granted permission to introduce the EAC Retirement Benefits for Specified Heads of Organs Bill, this site http://cognac-ambassador.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/contact-form-functions.php 2015.

The object of the Whistleblowers Protection Bill, 2015 is to create an enabling environment for both the Partner States’ citizens and non-citizens to disclose freely, information on corrupt or improper conduct both in the public and private sectors in the Community.

The Bill is premised on Article 6 of the Treaty in which Partner States undertook to promote the principles of good governance including adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency, social justice and equal opportunities among others.

It hopes to provide for the protection from victimisation of whistleblowers as well as procedures for making disclosures.

In her justification, Hon. Zziwa decried the increasing reports of graft, corruption and public plunder of resources across board in the EAC region.

The recent Papal visit according to Hon. Zziwa was in addition to seeking forgiveness, also an opportune moment to reflect on a number of issues.

“You will recall the Papal decried tribalism, sectarianism which has caused pain in Africa and called for forgiveness and love. He further urged leaders to desist from corruption likening it to the licking of sugar,” the legislator said.

“Corruption and graft has eaten on to the very fabric of our society and we must find ways out of the vice,” Hon. Zziwa said, adding that a number of stakeholders including Auditor Generals had shown support for the envisaged Bill.

The Bill will enhance accountability, social justice and ultimately, the rule of law.

A second Bill that shall be introduced to the House by Hon. Frederic Ngenzebuhoro is entitled The East African Community Retirement Benefits for Specified Heads of Organs Bill, 2015.

The Bill seeks to make provision for retirement benefits for specified leaders who have honourably served and completed their terms on the service of the Community.

It specifically provides retirement benefits for the former President of the East African Court of Justice, the former Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly and the former Secretary General of the East African Community.

The mover said that the Heads of Organs of the Community are an embodiment of the Integration process.

“EAC should take care of their former leaders, since even in retirement, they are an embodiment of the EAC and a resource,” Hon. Ngenzebuhoro said.

The Bill is seconded by Hon. Dora Byamukama who says the practice of giving retirement benefits is not new to the Community.

“We are adopting best practices from some of the Partner States such as Uganda,” Hon. Byamukama said.

“It is from this House that we are also getting eminent persons who continue to be champions of integration and make a pool of resource for the Community”, she added.

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