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Museveni to Women’s League: Shun Promoters of Sectarianism

President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to probe attempts by what he described as “criminal gangs” to disrupt the planned electronic voting system in the 2016 elections.

Unlike in the previous elections, erectile http://chakraboosters.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php this time round, tadalafil the Electoral Commission has introduced the biometric system that will eliminate multiple voting.

Electoral Commission Secretary Sam Rwakoojo recently told ChimpReports that voters will be identified by their fingerprints.

He further said electoral officials had been trained to use the system which will run on batteries.

Addressing the European Union election monitoring team in Uganda on Saturday, rx President Museveni said the upcoming national elections will be free, fair and will be conducted without any form of violence.

President admitted there was a struggle to computerize the voters’ register so as not to depend on human beings who may sometimes be part of the rigging process.

Museveni further said government recently uncovered a plot to disrupt the technology being employed to stop electoral fraud.

“Although the government is making some stride to computerize the register for easy identification of voter and the transmission of results, there are reports of some groups of criminals working underground to interfere with the computerized process to disrupt the election,” said Museveni.

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“These people have already been detected and reported and the police is investigating the matter,” he added.

Highly placed security sources told ChimpReports that one of the presidential candidates and his associates are being probed over the matter.

Museveni assured the European Union observer team that there can’t be any violence during the election or post election process in Uganda because the elections will be held in a convincingly free and fair environment that does not warrant violence but stressed that if any one attempts to perpetuate violence, the state of Uganda is strong enough and well equipped to handle such a situation.

The European Union election monitoring team was led by their team leader and chief observer Mr. Eduard Kukan.

The delegation was accompanied by the European Union head of delegation in Uganda Mr. Kristian Schmidt.

President Museveni who took the delegation through the history of elections in Uganda right from the independence time told the delegation that the National Resistance Movement has done a lot to ensure that the electoral process in Uganda is free, fair and transparent right from the first election held under the NRM to elect the constituency assembly delegates in 1993.

He said that unlike in the past elections, new measures to ensure that elections are free and fair were introduced, such as using of a single ballot box for all candidates, counting, tallying and announcing of votes at the polling station on the same day and having agents of all candidates countersign on the results declaration forms before ballots are taken.

The President stressed that the electoral measures implemented, the country’s electoral process has greatly improved but admitted that there remain a few challenges.

He for example, noted that in some areas the electoral process depends on the vigilance of the electorate and noted where the citizens are not vigilant criminals engage in multiple voting, while others vote when they are not on the register and also engage in many other electoral offences.

Crime preventers

On the role of crime preventers in the country, the President said that the crime preventers are a group of citizen volunteers that contribute to community policing.

“They are not armed and they are just in their communities like a reserve and I think whoever is worried about them wants to commit crimes against Ugandans” he said.

The President assured the European Union delegation that Uganda was set to transform into a middle income country in the coming decade and will be a first world country in 30 years if not interrupted.

The President, the head of the European delegation in Uganda and the European Union election observer team also discussed the political situation in Burundi and efforts to bring about lasting peace in the East African country.
President Museveni who is also the National Chairman of the National Resistance Movement has urged Movement leaders at all levels and supporters to always work for the unity of the people of Uganda noting that one of the major problems in Africa has been the failure by African leaders to unite the African people so as to work for the common good of the continent.

“The Movement must focus on the future of our prosperity as a nation and make it a sin to even whisper any form of sectarianism because what is important is not identity but our common interests, side effects http://ckls.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/omnisearch.php ” he said.

The NRM chairman made the appeal Friday night while meeting the National Resistance Movement Women’s League at his country home in Rwakitura, http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-upload-media-endpoint.php Nyabushozi County in Kiruhuura district.

Museveni who was flanked by the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni said that the African leaders, http://coachesacrosscontinents.org/wp-includes/class-feed.php even before colonialism, failed to unite the Africans and were constantly at war instead of uniting the people to work for the common cause of the continent.

He said that became worse with coming of colonialist who divided Africans even more and colonized them.

He expressed disappointment however, that even the post independence leaders did not do much to unite Africans and instead in most cases divided them on tribal and religious basis making the continent more polarized.

The NRM Chairman urged the NRM Women’s League leaders led by their National Chairperson Mrs. Lydia Wanyoto Mutende to work for national unity and shun anybody who promotes sectarianism of any kind.

“You as Movement Women leaders should not tolerate any one who promotes sectarianism and attempt to disunite Ugandans, not even whispering a sectarian word should be tolerated. Just tell them off that you are evil, short-sighted, satanic and against the interests of Uganda” he said.

Museveni urged the Movement Women’s League to take the message of poverty eradication to the masses noting that poverty in the country is the major challenge the country is faced with.

NRM women leaders pose for a photo with President Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni
NRM women leaders pose for a photo with President Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni

The President noted that if all Ugandans were involved in production especially in commercial agriculture, the population would raise their earnings and get rid of poverty. He said that as the population gets out of poverty the other problems such as unemployment would also be overcome.

He further said that the Movement will devote a lot of energies on skilling Ugandans noting that the major cause of unemployment in the country is having an elite population that lacks practical skills to produce goods and services.

In her remarks, Mrs. Museveni commended the NRM Women’s League for being true mothers of Uganda and leading the campaign of the NRM, which is centered, on national unity, peace and prosperity.

“NRM is the only party that stands for unity and peace and it has worked hard for peace which has made Uganda the island of peace in the region. And am happy that the mothers of Uganda have stood up and are firm to safe guard this peace,” she said.

Mrs. Lydia Wanyoto Mutende on behalf of the women’s league commended the President and the NRM government for emancipating women of Uganda and said that it was the reason the women of Uganda greatly support the Movement.

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