UK Lord to Invest in Fertilizer Dev’t in Uganda

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) has expressed concern over the Biometric Verification Machines launched today by the Electoral Commission, viagra 100mg terming these as another of NRM’s vote rigging scheme.

According to the Electoral Commission (EC), online the machines will be used to verify a registered voter through corroboration of a person’s thumb print with the National Identity card.

“We are always interested in using such advanced technology during elections but we find it hard as a party that when these machines are misused, they may lead to voting rigging,” remarked the party spokesperson, Kenneth Paul Kakande during the party’s weekly press briefing at City House.

“Our worry is that these machines have been brought into the country very late when we are just left with one month to the general elections; I don’t know why EC is always late,” Kakande noted.

Kakande said, “Since 2011, EC knew that there will be elections in 2016 but waited until when we are left with only one month to elections; this explains why the machine operators will find it hard to operate these machines since they are given little time for training.”

Kakande warned that if Ugandans are not well informed on how the machines are to be used, many might be scared away for fear that the machines might be used for other purposes on them.

“To avoid this, EC must roll out an effective sensitization campaign on the use of the machines to the general public.”

Kakande also expressed worry that EC has procured insufficient machines to cover the entire election exercise. A total of 32334 machines have been procured by the Electoral Commission.
Uganda has once again been listed amongst the countries in the world whose human rights record continues to be a point of concern.


In a report publicized this morning by global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) in Nairobi, drugs Uganda was highlighted together with neighboring Burundi and Ethiopia, amongst the countries that have shown little progress in preserving their citizens’ rights.

The research pointed out a number of cases in the east African countries, of worsening repression of free speech, assembly rights among others.

“Patterns of repression, particularly intimidation and threats against journalists and activists, also increased before the February 2016 elections in Uganda,” highlighted the report.

“Journalists, particularly those based outside Kampala, face obstructions and have been suspended under government pressure and radio stations have been threatened for hosting opposition members or panelists who expressed views critical of the ruling party.”

HRW also highlighted “another worrying failure by government to respond to serious allegations of unlawful killings, torture, sexual assault, and other violations.”

Across the region, the report pointed out that governments have failed to investigate and prosecute serious human rights violations.

“Burundi’s descent into a political and human rights crisis was a shocking low point in 2015,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“But key regional powers like Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya also failed to make progress on core human rights issues, including torture and killings by their security forces.”

Burundi was also pointed out as having the most dramatic deterioration in its human rights situation, triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.

The other neighbors like Rwanda, was admonished for maintaining longstanding tight control on dissenting views and Kenya for failure to hold security forces to account for serious crimes, as well as  the fresh horrific abuses in South Sudan, including attacks on civilians, repression, and a deepening humanitarian crisis in its second year of conflict.


President Museveni held a meeting with Lord Hain of Neath, purchase a member of the United Kingdom House of Lords on Tuesday in Kiruhura District.

Lord Hain runs the African Potash, and a company listed on the London Stock Market.

Lord Hain expressed interest to invest in the fertilizer development in Uganda, information pills with the aim of making the country a hub for fertilizer manufacturing and distribution throughout the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region.

Lord Hain noted that given the available agricultural potential in Uganda in particular and the African continent as a whole, if farmers are availed with cheap fertilizers, the African continent will be guaranteed of food security and also a surplus for export to the rest of the world.

Mr. Hain said that with the increasing population in the world, especially in India and China, food scarcity was becoming a real world threat.

The President welcomed Lord Hain’s commitment to invest in Uganda and said that the country has enough reserves to make all the needed fertilizers that would take the entire African continent 100 years to exhaust.

He added that Uganda is already number the two producer of bananas without using fertilizers.

He observed that the country would be number one in the world in the production of bananas if farmers made use of fertilizers.

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