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Police have commenced an investigation into circumstances under which hundreds of posters calling for civil disobedience were circulated in Kampala on Sunday night.

People going to work woke up to the posters with the inscription “National Warning: Elections after Reforms” on pavements and many buildings in the city.

The leaflets with a photo of a soldier in a red beret had another catchy phrase: “You are ordered to adhere to the Citizens’ Compact.”

An unknown “Red Top” of the “National Youth Activists” claimed responsibility for circulating the leaflets.

Under the soldier’s photo is the caption, search “change begins with me, with you, with us.”

The posters were pinned near Electoral Commission headquarters, Independence Monument and KCCA gardens.

These are some of the most-guarded areas with the streets being patrolled by heavily-armed police, intelligence units and military forces.

Interestingly, all these security organs fell short of arresting a single individual in the act.



It should as well be remembered that security has CCTV cameras in most parts of the city with the central command at police headquarters.

The posters were brought down in a police operation led by the Central Police Station DPC Aaron Baguma.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told ChimpReports in Kampala on Monday that, “we have tasked our ICT team to review the CCTV footage at the points where the posters were pinned to try to identify the people behind the move.”

He added: “These are propaganda tactics by political activists intended to cause fear within the people but the threats are passive and shouldn’t worry the country.”

Enanga said such tactics have been adopted by opposition politicians to sow seeds of anarchy but warned perpetrators will be dealt with.

Opposition maintains political reforms which include disbanding of the Electoral Commission (EC) should be adopted but this would mean a constitutional amendment.

The Presidential election nomination exercise is set for early November, less than a fortnight from today.

The EC maintains is has developed the much-needed capacity to hold free and fair elections.
With just a little more than two years at the helm of Oxfam International, approved Former Mbarara Municipality MP Winnie Byanyima has influenced the global NGO’s urge to get rooted deeper into developing countries, price that it is now shifting base to Nairobi.

Mrs Byanyima announced last week in London that the Oxfam International Headquarters, story having been situated in Oxford all the 73 years of its existence, would soon be relocating to the Kenyan capital.

“We are moving on from the thinking that all the thinking, fundraising and leadership must start from developed countries in the north and get implemented in the south,” she said to applause.

Byanyima, who is also wife to Uganda’s Opposition kingpin Col Kizza Besigye, was in 2013 appointed Executive Director Oxfam International.

She had previously served as a top director at both the African Union and the United Nation, having quit Ugandan politics in 2004.

Speaking to students at the London School of Economics’ sold out Old Theatre, She said she knew no other job that would help realize her dream of fighting inequality and ‘challenging the elite capture of power,’ than heading the global organization.

“I have graduated as aeronautics engineer, worked with the African Union and the United Nations and served for 10 years in the Ugandan parliament; but it is with Oxfam that I feel I can do the most to challenge the elite capture of power, that lies at the root of so much poverty and inequality,” she said.

“I love this job because I can talk truth to power. It has got me into some trouble, but not a lot.”

Oxfam, a confederation of organizations working to fight poverty and social economic injustices across the globe and formed in the 1942, has been working with a wide range of civil society organizations in Africa to address these bottlenecks to development.

At the event, Winnie Byanyima expressed concern that while Africa has been described by its leaders as “open to business,” almost 1 out of every 2 Africans still lives in extreme poverty today – more than 4 times greater than the world’s average.

Africa, she lamented, is a region with the world’s highest number of people going hungry and in contrast with trends, the total number of people living in hunger is just increasing.

“Africa may be rising, but rising for whom? This is the question of inequality that Oxfam has spoken about for a long time. South Africa is the world’s most unequal country in the world; and the world’s top ten are all from Africa. The World Bank has revealed that 10 people in Africa have the wealth of half of her poorest population which is over half a billion.”

She also spoke strongly about the need for the global leaders to address the challenge of unfair tax policies favoring majorly multinationals, whose investment in the continent is often deemed as an act of kindness to the suffering economies.

“For all this foreign direct investments flowing in Africa, far more flow out to the rest of the world. A recent report found that in 2010 alone, multinational companies were responsible for around $40 billion dollars leaving the continent as a result of trade mispricing – where companies avoid paying their taxes quite legally. Add to this the issue of generous tax breaks, incentives, and tax holidays negotiated by multinationals.”

The forth Presidential aspirant that was set to be nominated today has been rejected by the National Electoral Commission.

Mr Charles Lwanga of the Ecological Party arrived at Nambole stadium at lunch time, approved after incumbent President Museveni, troche Hon Amama Mbabazi and Prof Venansius Baryamureeba.

He was however sent away by the Electoral Commission Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu to return tomorrow Wednesday after his papers were found wanting.

The returning officer, Badru Kiggundu said that Lwanga failed to present authenticated declaration forms from Commissioner of Oaths.

Secondly Lwanga didn’t have required post card size photographs and was also unable to present an original receipt of shs 20M non refundable fee.

He was given up to tomorrow to have cleared these issues or he would miss out on nomination.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has disclosed that it will work with partners to leverage $3 billion in financing for women farmers, unhealthy agribusinesses and other women-owned enterprises.

“This will be achieved through the establishment of a US $300-million facility to de-risk financing to women owned-businesses by commercial banks and microfinance institutions, more about ” the AfDB President said.

This was said during a three-day high-level conference on Africa’s agricultural transformation, which ended in Dakar, Senegal, on Friday.

The adoption of an action plan and wide-ranging partnerships to transform African agriculture into viable agri-business were the main outcomes of the conference.

Among the decisions taken by the Finance and Agriculture Ministers, and Central Bank Governors who attended the conference, is to scale up nutrition programs across Africa to end malnutrition and hunger.

The program, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank said, will involve establishing a strategic partnership with President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, Grow Africa of the World Economic Forum, the Big Win Philanthropy, the FAO, Scaling Up Nutrition, the World Food Program, as well as the private sector, to deploy innovative approaches to addressing malnutrition.

The conference also approved a list of organizations to lead initiatives aimed at raising agricultural productivity across the continent, in close partnership with the African Development Bank, the World Bank and development partners.

These include; the Forum for African Agricultural Research, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, as well as national agricultural research systems.

The Bank will also triple its climate financing to US $5 billion annually by 2020 by working closely with the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, the United Nations Environmental Program and the G7 for the establishment of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative.

In addition, the Bank will support African countries to have access to the Africa Risk Capacity to manage climate-related catastrophic challenges.

Under the plan, Central Banks in Africa will set aside special funds to allow farmers to access credit at reduced interest rates and as well for long-term agricultural loans with longer-term maturity.

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