Museveni Swears in New Ministers

The Constitutional Court has heard and concluded the case in which West Budama North MP Fox Odoi is challenging the actions of his party [NRM]’s Electoral Commission for reviewing its own decision in which it declared Richard Othieno Okoth who was the run up in the party primary elections as the winner as opposed to Odoi who was initially declared winner.

The panel of three justices led Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma said they will give their ruling on notice. Justice Kavuma added that he has considered the urgency of the matter and that a ruling will be given any time since nominations are slated for Wednesday and Thursday.

During the hearing, order Herbert Byenkya, troche a lawyer who represented NRM, buy more about asked the court to dismiss Fox Odoi’s application for temporary injunction, arguing that the party just volunteers to sponsor a candidate and for this case its sponsoring Okoth and not Fox Odoi.

Mr Byenkya went on to argue that Fox Odoi can go ahead and contest as an independent if he wants to exercise his right to participate in the coming parliamentary elections whose nominations start on Wednesday.

The NRM lawyer went on to explain that Fox Odoi was first declared winner by the returning officer when some of the results had not yet arrived.

He added that upon conducting a vote recount which was an administrative decision, it happened that his run up Okoth was the right winner.

On the contrary, Dr James Akampumuza who represented Fox Odoi, asked court to issue an interim injunction against the NRM Electoral Commission from denying his client the right to represent the party as its flag bearer for West Budama North constituency.

Dr Akampumza argued that if his client stood as an independent as suggested by the NRM lawyer, he would automatically lose his NRM membership as per the NRM new rules and regulations.


Further, Dr Akampumuza submitted that the chairperson of the NRM electoral commission Dr Tanga Odoi is witch-hunting his client because he had also shown interest in contesting for the same position but pulled out later.

The former presidential legal advisor also in his petition before court, argues that once a candidate is declared successful under regulation 20 (20) by the respective registrar or returning officer who are delegated by the NRM electoral commission to perform their duty on its behalf, the commission becomes functus officio (hands being tied) and that subsequent actions by it is void and contravenes article 28 (1) and 44 c of the constitution.

The Tanga Odoi-led electoral commission shortly after the messy party primaries for flag bearers of directly elected MPs, district women MPs and local council V that took place on October 27, the commission under regulation 20 (21) started receiving many petitions from those who felt cheated.
Pius Bigirimana, dosage the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has commended the OPCW, for its efforts in eliminating chemical weapons among member states.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) is the implementing agency for the chemical weapons convention(CWC), aimed at eliminating weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production and acquisition of chemical weapons by its 192 member states.

The Permanent Secretary was Monday speaking at the twentieth session of the Conference of States Parties at the Hague in Netherlands.

Bigirimana, who is also the chairperson of the National Authority charged with the implementation of the CWC noted that Uganda does not possess, produce or have stockpiles of chemical weapons.

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The twentieth session of the Conference of States Parties took place at the Hague in Netherlands

“However the support from the Technical Secretariat in the implementation of the programme for Africa has continued to infuse the necessary skills and capacity building within the implementation of the Convention which will assist my country in its economic development,” he said.

Bigirimana commended the OPCW especially the Assistance and Protection Branch, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and the USA among other partners for their continued cooperation and support in making this essential mechanism a reality.

He called for the full implementation of Article XI through substantial assistance to non-possessor States in order to enable them to develop chemical capacity and industry.

The Permanent Secretary welcomed the development of concrete measures to ensure the promotion of international cooperation in the field of chemical activities through the exchange of scientific and technical information.

“This will facilitate the developing countries to view the Convention as a relevant tool and as a catalyst for economic development through the unlimited use of chemicals for peaceful purposes not prohibited in the Convention,” he explained.

The Permanent Secretary welcomed the development of concrete measures to ensure the promotion of international cooperation in the field of chemical activities through the exchange of scientific and technical information.

He recognized the new initiative code named “Influential Visitors’ Programme’’ for which Uganda was the first beneficiary this year.

“Under the programme, a delegation headed by Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Speaker of Parliament, visited the OPCW headquarters and were sensitized on the need to have the national implementing legislation of the CWC,” he said.

He divulged that a team of Technical Secretariat staff also came to Uganda and sensitized the Members of Parliament on Member States’ obligation to domesticate the CWC.

“The workshop which took place in August 2015 clarified so many outstanding controversies which existed among the Parliamentarians,” he said adding that,”The two events were very instrumental in the process of having the “Toxic Chemicals Prohibition and Control Bill” passed.”

Bigirimana said Uganda continues to effectively demonstrate its commitment to the work of this Organisation and has cleared the annual contribution for the year 2015 to the OPCW budget.
The newly appointed Cabinet Ministers were on Monday sworn in by President Yoweri Museveni  at a ceremony held at State House, online Entebbe.

Museveni and the 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, page Mr. Ali Kirunda Kivejinja

The President congratulated 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Mr. Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ms. Rose Akol Okullu and State Minister for Industry, Mr. Michael Werikhe upon their new appointments.

State Minister for Industry, Mr. Michael Werikhe shakes hands with President Museveni

Museveni, told the Minister of Internal Affairs to fight the rampant corruption, especially in the Department of Immigration and the Police.

He called for the conclusion of the National Identity Card Project that had been started by late Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.

He also referred to corruption in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives that he said has led to sabotage and killing of many developmental projects in the country.

Museveni castigated some departments that are famous for killing development projects, especially those established by investors in Uganda to enhance the national economic growth.

He cited the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) as one of the departments that have killed investments.

He also mentioned the Palm Oil Project that is based in Kalangala district, as one of the programmes that are being sabotaged and killed leading investors to relocate to other countries.

The President also noted that the Namanve area in Mukono district that is supposed to be an Industrial estate by now, but has been killed because the money that was given by the World Bank was misused and the allocation of land done in a corrupt manner.

He further disclosed that some of the sites given to investors in the Namanve area were in swampy water logged areas. He, therefore, wondered why such land is given to investors when it is prone to floods.

Turning to the Minister for East African Community Affairs, the President urged him to follow up on the regional treaties especially the one on the issue of the East African integration.

He noted that whereas other treaties are progressing well, the one on regional integration was not moving accordingly.

The Swearing-in Ceremony was held at State house, Entebbe

Also present at the swearing in Ceremony was, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service, Mr. Henry Kajura, Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Bart Katureebe, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura and the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.

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