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Police have commenced investigations into circumstances under which an unidentified man jumped to his death at Mabirizi complex in Kampala on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident occurred at around 12:30pm, erectile http://daniellebinks.com/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php shocking city dwellers.

Wearing a cream colour shirt, what is ed the man was trapped by sharp metallic objects which tore through his body before crushing on the ground.

Such cases of suicide are becoming common in Kampala.

In October 25, a 26-year-old woman jumped to her death at Workers’ House in Kampala.

Crowds to take a look of the man who is suspected of committing suicide
Crowds to take a look of the man who is suspected of committing suicide

NSSF management explained then that Annet Ashaba from Ssembabule walked into the building in the morning, proceeded to the 14th floor where was spotted by one of the cleaners trying to jump through the windows next to the lifts and alerted one of the guards.

The Pinnacle security guard stationed at the 14th floor responded to the alert but it was too late to save her life.

Police have since urged frustrated people to seek counselling instead of taking their lives in a brutal manner.
Police have commenced investigations into circumstances under which an unidentified man jumped to his death at Mabirizi complex in Kampala on Tuesday afternoon.

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The incident occurred at around 12:30pm, for sale http://celltrials.info/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-edit.php shocking city dwellers.

Wearing a cream colour shirt, the man was trapped by sharp metallic objects which tore through his body before crushing on the ground.

Such cases of suicide are becoming common in Kampala.

In October 25, a 26-year-old woman jumped to her death at Workers’ House in Kampala.

Crowds to take a look of the man who is suspected of committing suicide
Crowds to take a look of the man who is suspected of committing suicide

NSSF management explained then that Annet Ashaba from Ssembabule walked into the building in the morning, proceeded to the 14th floor where was spotted by one of the cleaners trying to jump through the windows next to the lifts and alerted one of the guards.

The Pinnacle security guard stationed at the 14th floor responded to the alert but it was too late to save her life.

Police have since urged frustrated people to seek counselling instead of taking their lives in a brutal manner.
For the past few weeks, story http://codesiconsulting.com/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/inc/lang-data.php debate has been raging on about the forthcoming NRM Delegates Conference. Item number four on the agenda of the conference signed by the Party Chairman, store http://ccimiowa.com/wp-includes/._plugin.php President Museveni on 25th October, approved 2014 says debate and adoption of the proposed amendments to the NRM Constitution.

Key among these amendments is having an appointed Secretary General instead of an elected one as has been the practice.

The proponents of this move argue that it will strengthen the party cohesion, ensure a fully functioning party secretariat et al whereas the opponents disagree that it will kill internal party democracy by denying the delegates a chance to elect their leaders.

We need to put this into context. Article 16 (2) (a) of the NRM constitution establishes the office of the Secretary General and article 16(7) outlines the functions of the Secretary General. Article 18(1) establishes the office of the Administrative Secretary as a full time employ of the party at the district. Article 18(5) outlines the functions of the Administrative Secretary.

Both the Secretary General and the Administrative Secretary have similar roles including; providing administrative and secretarial services, coordination of activities of all NRM organs, maintenance of the register of members among others.

The only difference is one is national and the other is at the district level. Therefore, we need to ask why two offices with similar functions would operate differently; one being full time and the other being not.

If anyone is to talk about internal democracy, an elected Secretary General is a threat to internal democracy. Being the Chief organizer of the delegates’ conference where he/she is elected gives them an edge over their opponents. This contravenes the principles of free and fair elections.

Article 10(b) of the NRM constitution is very clear. The National Secretariat is the biggest administrative organ of the party, therefore, it is contradictory to have a political Secretary General yet the organ is administrative and ought to be superintended over by an administrator.

The 2010 NRM primaries should have been an eye opener to this debate, and actually this debate should have taken shape during the 2010 delegates’ conference. The elections were poorly organized, gravely mismanaged and marred by the greatest malpractices by all standards and measure at the supervision and guidance of an elected Secretary General. This left very many members who had participated very bruised and angered.

We may also need to borrow a leaf from CCM in Tanzania. CCM is among the greatest political parties in Africa. Of course alongside ANC in South Africa, FRELIMO in Mozambique, MPLA in Angola, Zanu PF in Zimbabwe, SWAPO in Namibia and NRM in Uganda. CCM abolished election of their Secretary General and have been having an appointed one.

This had been a result of threatened party unity and cohesion due to a power wrangle between Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and his powerful Finance Minister and CCM Secretary General, Oscar Kambona. This had threatened to tear apart the liberation movement of Tanzania but the party has since smoothly grown with an appointed Secretary General.

Like President Museveni always says, our difference should be on principles and not on power. I therefore implore all NRM delegates to adopt this proposal in affirmative for the continued growth, cohesion and prosperity of NRM.

Duncan Abigaba

The author is a member of the NRM Youth League.

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