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CCEDU on disenfranchising Kampalans from electing their mayor.

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Here’s  the full statement from Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda – CCEDU on the KCCA amendment bill 2015 allegedly aimed at disenfranchising Kampalans from electing the city mayor:

On Tuesday, November 10th 2015, government presented a Bill seeking to amend the Kampala Capital City Authority Act 2010. A key proposal in the Bill is the change of the mode of electing a Lord Mayor for Kampala.

In its long title, the object of the Bill is stated as “to amend the Kampala Capital City Act, 2010, to streamline and strengthen the governance of the Capital City in accordance with Article 5 (4) of the Constitution; to provide for the Lord Mayor to be elected by the Council from among the Councilors; to clarify the roles of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor; to rationalize the provisions relating to the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority with the structure and provisions relating to the Capital City Authority and for related matter.”

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The proposed changes are fundamental and go to the core, not only of facilitating better administrative Management of Kampala, but also its political leadership.

Prima facie, the Bill seeks to disenfranchise Kampalans from electing the most important political head of the City by seeking to end adult suffrage and resorting to an Electoral College system.

The pros and cons of this are hopefully captured in the detail of the Bill. However, as an institution whose core existence is premised on promoting Electoral Democracy in Uganda, the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) would like to highlight a number of concerns; The Act that the new Bill seeks to amend was itself passed under controversial circumstances hardly five years ago, it was rushed through Parliament at a time when MPs were busy campaigning for re-election and the effect of this has been reaped in a highly defective law.

It is surprising therefore that government has chosen almost the same timing to table another law which makes the motive suspect. It is not possible to create a proper law under these circumstances.

Like other critical Electoral Law reforms that government sought to defer on account of time, CCEDU would like to advise that the Kampala Capital City (Amendment) Bill 2015 equally be deferred to next Parliament which can soberly and comprehensively scrutinize it with a view of making a fair, meaningful law to anchor the development of Kampala Capital City.

In December 2013 CCEDU realesed a number of model Bills developed after a careful study of the weaknesses that existed in some of our Electoral laws, later through the Citizens Manifesto initiative and the Free and Fair Elections more proposals were reduced into a Citizen’s Compact, all these were apparently ignored by government. One is then left to wonder at the unique interest and the timing of the Kampala Capital City Authority (Amendment) Act 2015.

It is important to note that the Electoral Road map is already midway, candidates have come up and some parties, notably the National Resistance Movement (NRM), have gone through an expensive, rigorous and painstaking exercise to select flag bearers, it is sad therefore that the Electoral Commission is again bending its rules to postpone the nomination of candidates for Lord Mayor. It’s a travesty of the perceived independence of the Electoral Commission for the institution to work in anticipation of changes in the law when it already has an existing legal framework.

Lastly, CCEDU would like to urge the people of Kampala and all Ugandans, to embrace the message of Topowa, don’t give up, Honour Your Vote, your choice makes the difference. Meaningfully participate in these election processes, don’t sale your vote and remember to go out and vote when the time comes.

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Pointed Nipple Trend Back in Ugandan Fashion

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We had the cleavage era, we had the pantyless era, we are glad to announce that the Pointed Nipple era is back and trending.

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Speaking to people, it is time for ladies to give their nipples some space. It is time to let go of the bra and empower the boob.

So just in case you see ladies walk by with pointed nipples, don’t over stare, the trend is back. And it is fully endorsed by the Uganda Boyfriends Association

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Meet Nabongo, the Ugandan Girl Who Has Been to Every Country In The World

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She is not a slay queen, that is why you may not know her. But she will be the first person in the world to have visited every country in every continent.

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Jessica Nabongo is an American born Ugandan travel influencer who has been to 170 countries out of the 193 recognized by United Nations. She is left with 25 countries to go and all these she hopes to visit by end of 2019.

In North Korea for example, she could not travel on an American passport and had to use her Ugandan passport to gain entry. She is daring but above all, she is proof that the world is your oyster.

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Richest Pastors in Uganda and Their Businesses Revealed

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It pays to be a man of God in Uganda. We bring you the richest pastors aka men of God in the country as of 2019 and their main businesses.

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Prophet Samuel Kakande (Mining and Agriculture)

Prophet Kakande of Synagogue Church of All Nations is probably the richest pastor in Uganda at the moment. None comes an inch close. He is the only man of God in Uganda who can buy a private jet. But above all, he is very humble in his dealings. You may never suspect he tops all. From driving the latest version of Jeeps and all other car brands, Prophet Kakande is into mining. He holds the highest number of individual mining licenses. From sand to gold to diamond, he mines it all.

He is also Uganda’s most successful commercial farmer owning acres and acres of rice and maize. He owns herds and herds of cattle. Of late, he’s also bought off most of his neighbours in Mulago as he prepares to construct the largest and most modern church in Africa. The church will have accomodation facilities for over 1000 people and will have a seating capacity of over 50,000.

Estimated Networth: $900 million

Pastor Joseph Sserwadda (Real Estate, Imports)

Pastor Joseph Sserwadda of Victory Church Ndeeba is a name worth mentioning in second position. His main focus currently is real estate. He is also heavily into trade.

Estimated Network: $800 million

Pastor Robert Kayanja (Real Estate, Imports)

Coming in closely is Pastor Robert Kayanja of Miracle Centre Cathedral. He literally owns chunks and chunks of land around lake victoria. He is also a large importer of different products in the country. He owns a number of arcades in the country.

Estimated Networth: $700 million

Pastor Aloysious Bujingo (Media)

He is the first Ugandan pastor to run a very successful media enterprise. Salt TV and Salt FM are the only profit making religious stations in the country. Although he is new money, these two enterprises put him in fourth position.

Estimated Networth: $200 million

Prophet Elvis Mbonye (Real Estate)

Prophet Elvis Mbonye is the latest entrant on this list. He has specialized in land acquisition. According to close associates, every two days, there is an acre of land being registered in his name. He owns the most expensive fleet on range rovers.

Estimated Networth: $50 million

To be Continued….

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