Besigye Makes U-Turn on Presidential Debate

Makerere University political science don, cialis 40mg http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/after-the-deadline.php Prof. Sabitti Makara has said that absence of President Museveni’s and Dr. Kizza Besigye from the much anticipated Presidential debate is ‘unfortunate’ and will ‘hit the event on the head’.

Prof. Makara told Chimpreports that such a debate would have been opportunity for the aspirants to point out their ideas to the electorate adding that shunning it is a bad gesture and undermines democracy.

“All candidates have a moral obligation to participate in the debate. It’s unfortunate that the leader of the country who should show the way to better governance won’t be there, http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/functions/feed.php ” said Prof. Makara.

In Makara’s opinion; “Politics is like a market place, http://charadas.org/wp-admin/includes/translation-install.php and every individual must exploit every chance to sell their product. The debate is like free advertisement in this case.”

Last week, Mike Sebalu, President Museveni’s campaign taskforce spokesperson told one of the media outlets that the NRM Presidential candidate will not have time for the debate.

Consequently, the FDC candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye came out to announce that he had no interest in a debate without President Museveni’s participation. Reports however, have since emerged that Dr Besigye on Thursday made a U turn and agreed to participate in the debate after holding talks with the organizers.

Makerere's Prof Makara
Makerere’s Prof Makara

Prof Makara observed; “The seat of the President which Museveni is running for isn’t like any other seat and you can’t delegate such a function.”

“He (Museveni) could have asked for another day if he was occupied but not dismissing it as a mere cup of tea. It’s not that the rest of the candidates have nothing to do with their time.”


The academic trashed the narrative that a debate is elitist with no appeal to the low class citizens.

He noted that; “Ugandans have a democratic right to hear what the candidates are saying. And if anything, the elites to a greater extent influence what the common Ugandan finally decides.”

Most Ugandans have expressed varying reactions towards the debate slated for January 15, organised by the Inter Religious Council of Uganda. Said to run for 3 hours (not including breaks), the debate will be held at Serena Hotel Kampala and hosted by BBC ‘Newsday’ presenter, Alan Kasujja and former NTV Uganda news anchor, Nancy Kacungira.
Pepsi, there http://challengeidee.fr/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/searchengine.php the flagship brand of soft drinks giant, viagra order http://cultnews.com/wp-admin/includes/meta-boxes.php Crown Beverages Limited (CBL), has Thursday announced Shs 100 million sponsorship of the second round of the National Beach Soccer League for the third year running.

The sponsorship will cater for players’ refreshments, publicity, team transport, prize money, among other logistics.

The Pepsi National Beach Soccer league, organized by the Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA), will kick off on January 31, 2016 at Lido Beach and will conclude on May 29, 2016 with a ceremony to recognize the overall winners.

“We value our partnership with the Uganda Beach Soccer Association and we believe beach soccer will continue to provide the Brand Pepsi a unique opportunity to engage with our target consumers. Beach soccer has become one of the most competitive sports in Uganda to-date and as Pepsi we will continue to support the development of the sport because we see it has a great potential of turning into the one most loved sports in this country,” Berna Kizza the Pepsi Brand Manager said.

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Berna Kizza, the Pepsi Brand Manager and Deo Mutabazi the president of UBSA during a press conference

Mr. Deo Mutabazi the president of UBSA welcomed the sponsorship citing the timeliness of Pepsi’s involvement and the association’s appreciation of the brand’s continued commitment to the sport.

“We are grateful for the longstanding partnership that we have enjoyed with Pepsi and we pray that it continues. It is due to the continued commitment from Pepsi that we hope to see beach soccer turn into a professional sport,” Mutabazi said.

He further urged all teams to source for individual partnerships in order for them to be more competitive in the games.

Over 17 clubs participated in last year’s competition and more clubs have already shown interest in being part of this year’s league.

MUBS were the winners of the 2014/2015 round 1 Pepsi National Beach Soccer League. Other teams that participated in the league include Zaba, Stormers, YMCA, Sand Pirates, Real Galacticos, Talented SC, Buwanika Bulls, and Nkumba Select, among others.

UBSA was admitted to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) over a year ago and it is now part of the worldwide beach soccer associations recognized and supported by FIFA.
As Uganda draws closer to February 18 general elections, drugs http://clearskinconcierge.com/acne/wp-includes/id3/module.audio.ogg.php the Citizen Election Observers Network in Uganda (CEON-U) has warned against violation of the constitution by certain political parties whose campaigning is likely to culminate into violence.

The group of civil society bodies expressed concern over Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential candidate, cialis 40mg http://centthor.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-gmappity-easy-google-maps/wpgmappity-posts.php Dr. Kizza Besigye whose campaign is anchored on defiance calling on the Electoral Commission and Uganda Police to execute their election role.

While speaking to the press at Human Rights House, sildenafil http://cccnt.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/importer/file_importer_organizers.php Nsambya on Wednesday, CEON-U Coordinator Dr. Martin Mwondha said; “We are concerned about the message of defiance being driven by the FDC candidate Kizza Besigye. This contravenes Article 3 of the constitution that gives citizens a right to reject any unconstitutional means of acquiring power.”

Among other issues raised, the group criticized the trend of militia groups that are on the rise especially among several political parties which they say poses a security threat.

“The public order management Act has grossly been violated during these campaigns. In addition to clashes between parties, cases of para military groups have also been evidenced,” said Muhammed Ndifuna, the Executive Director, Human Rights Network (HURINET).

Many decried the ‘unlawful’ training of crime preventers by the Uganda Police citing cases of partiality in the behavior of this group as well as the timing. The civil society organs made a collective call on government to suspend the training of these crime preventers in order to ensure that the elections are calm.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has come out often to condemn FDC’s ‘defiance campaign’ saying it incites violence and goes against the principle of tolerance.

Eng. Dr. Badru Kigundu, the EC Chairman while addressing the press in November 2015 said; “The commission has noted with concern the consistent calls by candidate Kizza Besigye for defiance as a campaign strategy. He is warned and he must be cognizant of the consequences.”

However Besigye has since persistently rallied his supporters to defy what he says is ‘a skewed and biased electoral process’.
Presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye has reverted his earlier stance of missing tomorrow’s Presidential Debate.

Col Besigye’s party Forum for Democratic Change confirmed this afternoon that he will take part in the debate with or without the presence of the incumbent Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye last week announced that he would not attend the debate organized by the Interreligious Council of Uganda, drugs http://clinicapetterson.com.br/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php after learning that Museveni had cancelled his participation over “a tight campaign schedule”

Dr Besigye argued that the rest of the candidates are virtually united to topple the 30 year regime of President Museveni and that his absence would render the debate one-sided and pointless.

However, http://certoclear.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skin.php according to reports, http://debiontheweb.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/file.php following a meeting last evening with the Debate’s organizing committee chairman Justice James Ogola, Besigye has rescinded his decision and will be partaking in the debate on Friday at the Kampala Serena.

His earlier decision was largely met with negative responses from several observers including his wife Mrs Winnie Byanyima, who said this would set a bad precedent for the country.

“Museveni and Besigye came and will go. We must build our democracy brick by brick. The Presidential Debate helps a bit to level the ground,” she said.

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