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The newly appointed Director of Communications at Parliament Chris Obore has described journalists accredited by the institution as militant and non-cooperative.

The impasse between the Parliamentary administration and the journalists who report from the House intensified on Monday when Mr. Obore ordered for the ejecting and consequent closure of the single office room that the reporters have been working from.

Most journalists reporting from Parliament file their stories from the office at Parliament fitted with furniture, remedy http://demo.des.net.id/wp-includes/simplepie/core.php computers fully connected with internet, salve http://cottages-with-a-view.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/plugin-install.php TV screen that receives live house proceedings when there is a plenary sitting and wireless internet for those using laptops.

The office is usually utilized by Print and Radio reporters while those working for TV mostly have to get back to their respective stations.

Last year the Parliamentary Commission, more about the decision-making organ of the arm of government came out with a directive that journalists who have spent more than five years at Parliament should be replaced with new ones.

This marked the beginning of the bad blood between the reporters under their umbrella body the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA).

Parliament later rescinded the decision when the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah declared it null and void.

On January 11th 2016, the Parliament`s Deputy Clerk, Okello G. Obabaru wrote to the editors of all media houses asking them send fresh names of journalists to cover the 10th Parliament.

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The names of journalists he said should be accompanied by their verified academic documents with at least a degree in a related field.

The deadline was set for 25th January 2016 but according to Obore whose department is responsible for receiving the names for fresh accreditation, no single media house has so far responded.

UPPA took the matter to the High Court Kampala that issued an interim order on 15th January 2016 blocking implementation of the directive.

The main hearing is set for February 15th before Justice Yasiin Nyanzi.

The defiance of the media houses and the bitter exchange on social media resulted in the closing of their office on Monday afternoon.

When contacted, Obore said his actions were guided by the “insolent behaviors of some journalists at Parliament.”

“Some journalists at Parliament are militant and have developed strong feelings that they deserve everything here without questioning,” He said on phone.

“They don’t want to listen to anyone and want us to play by their rules and that is funny. There should be a mutual understanding between them (journalists) and Parliament,” Obore stressed.

He also observed that going to court was not the best of UPPA’s options, adding that they could have approached the administration first.

“Going to court is direct defiance and taking the matter to the next level. They should have sat down with us first and exhausted it.”

While the parliamentary reporters stand a better chance with their court case, they cannot challenge any such decisions as closure of their office because the institution reserves all the rights to allocate offices.

It now remains to be seen if the reporters will succumb to duress and withdraw their case to allow dialogue.

 
The East African Community Deputy Secretary General, approved http://cremeriavienna.it/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-site-icon.php in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Director of Productive, Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimana on Monday echoed the critical role of the Agriculture and food security in the EAC region.

He expressed EAC Secretariat commitment to collaborating with Partner States to spur efforts towards enhancing food and nutrition security and facilitating trade within the region and beyond.

Mr Havugimana was addressing the official opening of the Senior Officials at the 9th meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council on Agriculture  and Food Security.

The meeting which is ongoing at the EAC Headquarters is aimed at reviewing the progress made in the implementation of Council decisions and consideration of other issues of regional importance in the areas of Agriculture and Food Security including crops, livestock and fisheries and related issues.

The Meeting is being conducted through the sessions of the Senior Officials  from 18th – 20th January, Permanent/Principal Secretaries session on January 21, and the Ministerial/Cabinet Secretaries’ session on January 22, 2016.
Former Kenyan Vice President, this http://cdaink.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy.php Moody Awori has commended the collaboration between the EAC and other stakeholders saying it led to sustainable peace in the country.

The Ex Vice President was presenting Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, visit this http://decisionpro.biz/templates/yoo_revista/warp/layouts/modules/templates/default-3.php EAC Secretary General, unhealthy with the final observation report from the recently concluded Presidential and Parliamentary Elections held in Tanzania last year.

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The ceremony took place at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania on Monday.

While receiving the Report, the Secretary General thanked the Former Vice President for his leadership and commitment to the EAC Elections Observers Mission.

In October 2015, a 55-member team was deployed to Dar es Salaam to observe the country’s General Elections in both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

The Mission was drawn from different complementary disciplines that included members of the East African Legislative Assembly, as well as members of the National Assemblies Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, National Electoral Commissions, National Human Rights Commissions, Civil society organizations, and youth representatives from the EAC Youth Ambassadors Forum.

“I was very happy to observe the steadfastness, determination, patience and orderliness with which Tanzania conducted her General Elections,” said Awori.

“These and many other positives that have also been highlighted in the report, can be used as benchmarks for which other countries can borrow good practices from,” he added.

The report consists of recommendations to streamline and improve the electoral process for future elections in Tanzania.

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