Court Maintains Sh3M Nomination Fees for MPS

As a move to collectively fight for a conducive working environment in the country, pills Human Rights Defenders under their umbrella body the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRDU) have launched a three year strategic plan for 2015 to 2018.

This was during their annual general meeting at Fairway Hotel in Kampala under the theme; “Strengthening the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda for Sustainable protection program for HRDs in Uganda”.

The meeting which was attended by over 50 HRDs members was presided over by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) Component Manager for Rights, medicine Justice and Peace Sophie Rancine.

During her closing remarks, patient   Rancine appreciated the coalition upon its great achievement of coming up with its ever first strategic plan revealing that this will further strengthen the bond and partnership of HRDs across the country as they work to contribute to the achievement of the plan’s objectives and to address the challenges that exist.

“It is our hope that the strategic plan will provide practical guidance and direction to the coalition with a chief objective of creating an operating environment conducive for human rights defenders in the country,”Rancie noted.

The strategic plan provides useful analysis of the situation of human rights defenders in the country, the critical issues to address so as to improve the situation and proposes the necessary interventions to achieve the set objectives in the plan.

Some of the challenges faced by human rights defenders according to the Human Rights Centre Survey, 2014, include; harassment and defamation of human rights defenders is at 35 percent, death threats at 32 percent.

Rancie called upon government to create an enabling environment for the HRDs which will facilitate them carry out their duties.


“As we know, human rights such as freedom of assembly, freedom of opinion and expression are paramount to the operations of HRDs to hold duty bearers accountable to bring human rights violations to the fore and enable victims attain redress for the violation.”

NCHRDU Board Chairman, Mohammed Ndifuna observed that the challenges faced by HRDs can only be solved or mitigated by working together to reduce substantial threats and negative effects that would possibly be faced by an individual HRD.

“The need for collective advocacy as proposed in the strategic plan is indeed the best way forward in the prevailing circumstances; without doubt, if human rights defenders are to create impact with their advocacy role there is need to speak in a unified voice instead of lone and/or isolated and divided voices.”

Ndifuna added that HRDs champion the fight for the rights of other citizens in the country but had for so long had no one to defend their rights revealing that through the coalitions, their rights will too be protected and fought for with a unified voice.
The Constitutional Court in Kampala has today maintained the Shs3Million nomination fees required to be paid by people seeking to run as Members of Parliament (MP) as provided for in the Parliamentary Amendment Act of 2015.

In his ruling, drugs Justice Remmy Kasule stated that staying operationalization of the Presidential Amendment Act of 2015 and Parliamentary Amendment Act of 2015 would cause injustice by stopping the democratic exercise of all Ugandans to elect leaders of their choice.

Justice Kasule noted that the interim order sought would put a stop to the whole elections program of the whole presidential and parliamentary elections which denies Ugandans their right to choose leaders.

“Both respondents to the case; the Electoral Commission and government have been involved in the exercise since 2014: the presidential candidates have already paid the increased fees and each one is conducting campaigns, approved ” Kasule said.

He advised that since nomination of Members of Parliament begins tomorrow and that the petitioners are not under serious threat of execution, they can continue to pursue the main application which they can even handle in the course or after elections.

This didn’t go on well with the petitioners led by the Conservative Party (CP) Secretary General, Mathias Ssemusu Mugobansonga, Paul Ssembajjwe and Idi Ouma who immediately ordered their lawyers led by Counsel, Isaac Ssemakadde and Fredrick Ssemwanga to file an appeal before the Supreme Court.

“We shall continue to fight for the poor Ugandans and their rights against such court ruling; even if it means staying nominations on the last day, we shall do so,” Ssemwanga said.

Ssemwanga observed that the court ruling was contrary to what they sought for in their applications and signed affidavits.

“We never called for an overhaul of the Parliamentary Act; our concern was for the stay of the payment of Shs3M and not staying nominations of candidates as court has ruled today.”


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