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EC Dismisses Alleged Museveni Involvement in Umar Kiyimba’s Recruitment

The Electoral Commission (EC) has dismissed reports that have been spreading on social media that President Yoweri Museveni had cleared the appointment of Mr Umar Kuyimba, as the new Head of the Department of Elections Management, in the fourth coming 2021 polls.

The Commission says Mr Kiyimba rose by himself through the ranks at the EC and that his elevation was merited.

Social media went abuzz over the weekend with claims that was a son of former EC Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu and that his appointment was directed by President himself.

“Mr. Kiyimba has served the Commission diligently and risen through the ranks in line with the EC’s Human Resource policies and procedures. First as an elections officer serving in various Districts as District Registrar, later promoted to a senior Elections Officer and now to Head of Department of election management where a vacancy has been existing as a result of the former Head of the Department serving his contract to the end and retiring in 2019,” Mr Jotham K Taremwa, the Commission Spokesperson said in a statement on Monday this week.

“The filling of the vacancy was done in accordance with EC’s HR guidelines and was competitive because it attracted a number of applicants,” added Mr Taremwa.

Taremwa also dismissed claims that Kiyimba is the son of the head of the commission.

“Mr. Kiyimba has no blood relationship with former Chairperson of Electoral Commission Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu as its alleged,” he stressed.

All this comes amid the raging debate on whether or not the 2021 elections should be postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Last week, a group of EC members led by their Boss, Justice Simon Byabakama went to State House and presented a lengthy proposal of how the polls can be conducted in a scientific way. The President in response told EC to go on with their preparations as long as it favors and protects the lives of Ugandans.

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