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Preventing Electoral Violence; A Civic Responsibility for All

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The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) applauds the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda for adding his voice on the campaign for a peaceful, free and fair 2016 general election through his Press Statement dated 5th January 2016 (titled, “Maintaining peace, unity and security during and after elections”).

CCEDU has noted with concern that electoral violence remains a serious threat to the February 18th 2016 elections as evidenced by some of the incidents that have so far happened during the on-going political campaigns (recent clashes between candidates’ supporters in Ntungamo and Gulu). These cases of election-related violence continue to create a sense of terror and uncertainty among voters. And should such incidents of violence increase, questions on whether Uganda is capable of holding free, fair, peaceful and representative elections will inevitably emerge.

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There is also worry that millions of nervous Ugandan voters could stay away from voting due to fear of violent attacks, threats or politically motivated intimidation.

CCEDU therefore calls upon parties and candidates to desist from acts that could orchestrate unnecessary anxiety and violence during the campaigning and voting period.

Election stakeholders including the Uganda Police Force must demonstrate professionalism and impartiality in maintaining electoral security during this period. The Electoral Commission must dispense its mandate in a balanced and professional manner, calling each of the candidates and stakeholders to fully account for their actions/inactions.

CCEDU urges all political parties and candidates to desist from mobilising youth groups and militias to fuel fears or actualities of electoral violence. In the same breath, CCEDU calls upon government to seriously rethink its decision to utilise informal outfits including: ‘crime preventers’, ‘polling detectives’ for the purpose of providing election related security as this could further raise anxiety and possibly invite conflict, violence and chaos in the country.

Ugandans have the right to vote in peace and all stakeholders are duty bound to take all necessary measures as provided in our laws to defend and protect that right.

Electoral violence and partisanship of institutions that should otherwise be guarantors of a free electoral environment are an obvious disincentive to participation in elections for both voters and those who wish to offer leadership. Ultimately, this undermines every effort at building a truly democratic country based on the supremacy of the people choosing their leaders. It also weakens state and non-state institutions that scrutinize elections, and hurt the legitimacy of the government of the day.

It is therefore, important that as the Prime Minister rightly points to opposition players in the election, government should equally urge its institutions to ensure utmost impartiality by working strictly within the ambits of the law.

Local, regional and international institutions should therefore intensify working towards (timely) prevention of electoral violence ahead of the February 2016 general election in Uganda.

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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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