Uganda Steps up Preps for Pope Francis Visit

Government plans to ensure a free and fair electoral process in the run up to the 2016 general elections, medications http://celebrationhopecenter.org/wp-content/themes/showcase-pro/page_landing.php the Prime Minister, sales http://ccalliance.org/blog/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/wpcc.php Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has told Parliament.

“It is the intention of government to ensure that elections are free and fair, http://citadelgroup.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-api.php and that all candidates are given appropriate consideration in relation to the law,” said Dr. Rugunda during the Prime Minister’s Time this week.

Dr. Rugunda was responding to concerns raised by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu, who said that government, through the Police, was applying double standards in regard to presidential aspirant and former Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi.

Hon. Wafula Oguttu said that Police actions were “brewing violence in the country.”

Hon. Rugunda explained that, “There is no intention to discriminate anybody. I am glad that his lawyers are interacting with government to ensure that this hurdle is smoothly sorted out.”

On the issue of electoral reforms, the Prime Minister said that government was waiting for the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to present its report and expected that it would provide a good basis for Parliament to agree on electoral reforms for the country.

Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye were Thursday arrested for reportedly disobeying police orders on holding what authorities describe as illegal assemblies.
Arrangements for the November Papal visit are underway, http://celesteanddanielle.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php the Prime Minister, more about http://cinemalogue.com/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/structure/layout.php Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has assured Parliament.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Uganda on November 27th – 29th, http://communityvet.net/wp-includes/class-wp-term.php 2015, as the Catholic Church marks 50 years of the canonization of the Uganda martyrs.


The Premier, who was this week responding to a question from the Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo district) said that government preferred that the programme for the Pope’s visit be announced by Rome.

“We have not made any statements because we would like his programme to be announced by Rome and not Kampala,” said Dr. Rugunda, adding that “Government and the Papal Nuncio are in close contact and Parliament will be informed.”

Hon. Ogwal wondered whether the Pope was visiting the President or Uganda, considering that government had not issued any statement to Parliament.

She said it was necessary to inform Parliament and the country about the visit such that Ugandans prepare and give the Pope a “befitting welcome.”

Hon. Dr. Rugunda explained that the Pope was visiting Uganda and would interact with Ugandans and people from the neighbouring countries

ChimpReports understands that a comprehensive plan of refurbishing and expanding facilities at the Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo is underway.

The narrow and often congested road network to and around the Shrine is also being graded and expanded.

The buildings and sanitation facilities at the shrine are being refurbished, while security systems have been enhanced.

Due to the growing significance of tourism to Uganda’s economy, the infrastructural improvements at Namugongo Shrine are undertaken under an inter-agency arrangement with close over-sight by Cabinet.

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