2016 ELECTIONS LIVE
About 15,277,196 registered voters are expected to file at 28,010 polling stations across the country, beginning 7am this morning to choose a president and Member of Parliament for their respective constituencies.
By 7 am, most polling stations had received polling materials. At some polling stations, the materials had not been delivered by 7 am.
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President Yoweri Museveni has been nominated as a presidential candidate for next years elections on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket.
The deployment in the city ahead of nominations and candidates rallies.
"I am happy I came in after President Museveni. This is how things will be," Mbabazi says after nomination.
Former Makerere University VC, prof Baryamureeba arrives for nomination flanked by his two daughters.
Addressing the press, tears through Amama Mbabazi and Yoweri Kaguta - "It's time for the two of them to leave after 30 years."
Events heading to Nakivubo where the Go Forward team is expected to have their rally.
Back to Kololo Airstrip: Pastor Kakande prays that God keeps President Museveni strong to lead Uganda and to maintain security.
Former Kampala Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebagala is expected at 3pm for nominations. The same Ssebagala was at the NRM conference yesterday where he was welcomed back from "spying on other parties" according to President Museveni.
we do not have any official document to show that Ssebagala crossed over. We are waiting for him here," Kiggundu
At Kololo Airstrip Kampala, the rain is intensifying, drowning out the voice from public address, but the crowds soldier on as they listen to Museveni speaking.
Charles Bbale Lwanga from the Ecological party of Uganda has arrived at Namboole Stadium for his nomination.
Nasser Ssebagala out. He confirms he won't appear for nomination. EC had booked him at 3pm.
A helicopter gifted to NRM presidential flagbearer Yoweri Museveni by NRM vice chairperson eastern region capt Mike Mukula hovers over Kololo Independence grounds. Photo by PPU.
Prof Baryamureeba has arrived at MUBS play ground. He will deliver his speech in a few minutes.
Nasser Ntege Ssebagala withdraws from Presidential race, writes to EC saying he has chosen to join NRM's Yoweri Museveni.
"Today, is when we begin a serious journey of bringing back our country Uganda to the right track," Barya.
One prominent leader from Busoga once said that I would never step in Busoga...I did! Amama Mbabazi.
Now is the right time to make more investment in people, more than building and weapons.
In life We have two choices, we can choose to be governed with confusion, intimidation and bribery, or move to better things
PICTURE: President Museveni delivers his speech in rain at Kololo Airstrip. He promised to further support the youth fund that is already operational with funds at low interest for income generating activities.
"With better infrastructure, industrialization, commercialization of agriculture, the development of ICT, modernization of the services’ sector, skilling of the youth, will result in many, many jobs for the youth thereby addressing the issue of job-creation," he said. Photo by PPU
Dr Kizza Besigye makes his way to Mandela National Stadium where he is expected to be nominated as a presidential candidate for 2016 elections.
The Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer is driving in an open Toyota Land Cruiser followed by multitudes of supporters riding on motorcyles.
The convoy has made its way to Jinja Road.
Dr Besigye who is supposed to be nominated at 11:00 am has reached Nakawa. Police have stopped his supporters at the Nakawa-Spear Motors Junction.
Besigye supporters drive through Kampala on their way to Namboole Stadium
Besigye's convoy finally reaches Namboole. The candidate is yet to make his way to the gate of the stadium.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi, Lubaga North MP Moses Kasibante are some of the politicians who have been allowed inside the stadium to witness the nomination of Dr Besigye. Hundreds of Dr Besigye's supporters have been blocked by police at the main gate
Supporters of Dr Besigye head to Namboole through Kampala City.
Dr Besigye and and other FDC officials arrive at Namboole Stadium for the nomination
The Independent Electoral Commission Chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu and his team are attending a closed-door meeting at the nomination venue. Dr Besigye and his team are waiting to be nominated. Its not clear to know what has caused the delay. The nomination that was scheduled for 11:00 prompt has been delayed for 30 minutes.
Dr Besigye and FDC officials take their seats before IEC commissioners. The nomination process starts
The technical team of the IEC is verifying nomination documents that have been submitted by Dr Besigye's team
Dr Besigye is finally nominated. He heads to a press room to address journalists.
Flanked by FDC President Mugisha Muntu and other FDC officials, Dr Besigye says its a "unique moment" for him to be nominated by an electoral body he protests.
He says he still has a problem with the IEC. He argues that Uganda needs an independent electoral body not just in name.
Dr Besigye says the changing of the new electoral law by the government was unfair. He says the IEC still serves as a walking stick of Mr Museveni and NRM.
The institutions in Uganda serves the wishes of those in power not the people, he says.
He says this is going to be a campaign of defiance not compliance.
He says after liberating the country, he will restructure the state and then transform the country.
He says the transformation will enable the citizens of this country live in a country where they are proud to be. Where they walk with their heads high. Where they have equal opportunities. Where they share fairly in the wealth and whatever opportunities are available
Dr Besigye (M) flanked by FDC president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu moments after being nominated
He says Uganda needs transformation that focuses on the people not a few people that control power.
"So that we have broad-based development not development by a few people as it is today," he said.
" You hear the regime talking of growth by 6 per cent but growth by who? Is it growth by all these people who are begging? It is growth by a handful of people. We must have equal growth that benefits everyone. We must banish the humiliating poverty in our country. We must banish the universal unemployment that we have today of our young ones who wake up and wander along the roads hopeless", Dr Besigye said.
Dr Besigye sits on a couch that was given to him by a supporter at Kireka Trading Centre. He is on the way to Nakivubo Stadium to address a rally.
President Yoweri Museveni launches his campaign manifesto at State House Entebbe where he says his former ally and now presidential candidate is wrong to campaign on a "Go Forward" platform because Uganda, under his leadership moved forward a long time ago.
President Museveni launches his campaign manifesto at State House Entebbe
Dr Besigye's convoy snakes through Nakawa to Nakivubo Stadium. Dr Besigye who was nominated two hours ago at Namboole Stadium is scheduled to address a rally at Nakivubo Stadium
Mr Joseph Mabiriizi and his team at Namboole Stadium where he is expected to be nominated.
Mr Museveni tells journalists at State House Entebbe that he has instructed police hunt down politicians who bribe voters.
He says its not possible for crime preventers to cause insecurity Uganda because Uganda's leadership is structured at the grass roots.
Mr Museveni says we must ensure that the NRM primaries were clean so that we harshly deal with those who want to contest as independents
Mr Mabiriizi who is contesting on The Independents Coalition ticket has been nominated
Mr Museveni says when leaders bribe and cheat their way into power, they stop caring about people. He says that cheating disenfranchises people. It removes power from the people. He says it's very dangerous. He says Uganda needs an electronic fingerprint leader to weed out ghost voters.
He says there will be no tight race between him and Mr Amama Mbabazi or Besigye because they have nothing to tell Ugandans.
Mr Museveni says he dismissed him (Amama Mbabazi) as Prime Minister and Secretary General because he was wasting "our time". That he was promoting intrigue and telling lies that Mr Museveni was grooming his son [Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba] to replace him as president
Meanwhile, at Nsambya Sharing Hall, Presidential candidate Dr. Abed Bwanika of the People's Development Party holds his rally
Maj Gen Benon Biraro makes his way to the registration hall at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole just five minutes to closure of presidential nominations
Four hours after his nomination as a presidential candidate at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole this morning, Dr Besigye is yet to reach Nakivubo Memorial Stadium where he's expected to address a rally .
Maj Gen Benon Biraro declared duly nominated by the Electoral Commission (EC). He becomes the 8th and last candidate to be nominated for next year's presidential elections.
Maj Gen Benon Biraro: I don't want foreigners telling us how to be peaceful.
According to him, expired (other presidential candidates) drugs should be put to where they belong by not voting for them.
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye stuck at the main entrance of Nakivubo Memorial Stadium where his supporters are giving him money to facilitate his campaign. Dr Besigye is expected to address a rally at Nakivubo
Meanwhile, the High Court in Kampala has dismissed with costs the case in which a concerned citizen had sued four top official of the Independent Electoral Commission in their personal capacity for having illegally blocked rallies that were being held by Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi in the Eastern part of the Country.
The four top officials who had been sued are; the chairperson Eng Badru Kiggundu, Mr Jotham Taremwa (spokesperson), Sam Rwakoojo (secretary) and Paul Bukenya (deputy spokesperson)
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has set 18th Febuary as the 2016 polling day.
Dr Kizza Besigye finally makes his way into Nakivubo Memorial Stadium where a group of his supporters have been waiting for him. Dr Besigye is expected to address a rally and launch his manifesto.
Gen Sejusa attends Dr Besigye's maiden rally at Nakivubo Stadium.
He tell thousands of voters that Dr Besigye has consistently fought for the cause of Ugandans.
He says being nominated does not imply that you follow IEC's regulations.
Gen Sejusa says a UPE pupil will find it hard to go school. That such children will dig pit latrines for those in power who send their children to good schools where tuition is over $4,000
Gen Sejusa says he's in prison and he is willing to fight for change with the population that has been reduced to paupers in their country
Kampala Lord Mayor says he has not witnessed Dr Besigye's nomination because he's a member of FDC or he's his friend but because he's a strong freedom fighter
Mr Lukwago says the struggle through the campaign period is not for cowards but those who are ready for change
FDC leader Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu says the worker of Ugandans is to remove the NRM regime in February. He however says, the party has to ensure that it creates all leadership structures at all levels.
Dr Besigye takes to the podium. He says his political enemies have for a long time wished him trouble, imprisoned him and pronounced him dead but all in vain
Dr Besigye says Uganda is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of resources but her people are the poorest because it was hijacked by a few people.
He says the country is in the hands of 'sorcerers' who don't care about the plight of Ugandans
He says once the country is transformed, all government agencies that were hijacked by the few people in power have to be liberated from the those that control them
Dr Besigye says the high taxation and rent charged in dollars has forced many local Ugandans out of business
He promises to have a lean cabinet of 20 ministers from the current 80 and a Parliament of atleast 100 MPs from the current 400 to save expenditure on salaries.
Besigye's supporters at Nakivubo Stadium
He said policemen who have been reduced to paupers because they earn peanuts have to be liberated. He said teachers would also regain their lost glory after the liberation.
He said the agricultural sector has to be supported and transformed by guaranteeing prices of agricultural produce and by setting up a farmers' bank
He says Ugandans cannot liberate their country by seeking favours from corrupt leaders
Dr Besigye's maiden rally at Nakivubo Stadium ends
Normal operations in the city were Wednesday interrupted for the better part of the day as the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer, Dr Kizza Besigye, led a long procession of supporters. Dr Besigye had just been nominated as presidential candidate in the 2016 general election. READ MORE
The High Court in Kampala on Wednesday threw out with costs a case in which a concerned citizen had sued four top officials of the Independent Electoral Commission in their personal capacity for having illegally blocked rallies that were being held by Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi in the Eastern part of the Country. READ MORE
Independent Presidential aspirant and former Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Venanius Baryamureeba has hit back at President Yoweri Museveni saying that the incumbent’s advanced age makes him incapacitated to keep tabs on what is happening in Uganda.
National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential flag bearer Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged party supporters to desist from bribing voters in the upcoming elections as a strategy to secure genuine victory. READ STORY
Crowds of FDC supporters clad in party colours are lining the streets. Business is booming for traders who are selling party and Dr Besigye paraphernalia ranging from FDC T-shirts, caps and bandanas.
Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi's youth leader in Sembabule District, Mr Meddie Kikomeko has survived death after unknown people attacked him on Saturday night and burnt his car.
Supporters of President Museveni in Luweero wait for their candidate ahead of a rally later today.
Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s supporters in Masaka riding bicycles pinned with his posters.
Addressing supporters in Bamunanika, Luwero distyrict, NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said apart from uniting Ugandans, NRM party turned Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) into a strong & disciplined army that managed to repel rebels LRA's Joseph Kony.
"We have reigned on the army, made it a disciplined and strong one able to repel bad elements like Kony,” he said.
Dr Kizza Besigye makes gestures to his supporters at Shell Ankole petrol
station in Mbarara town where he made a stopover to fuel his vehicle.
Efforts by the police led by Rwizi Regional Police Commander Hillary
Kulaige to stop Besigye's procession in Mbarara town were futile as the
crowd engulfed his convoy across Mbarara High street. They pushed him
up to Ruti ward about 2km from Mbarara town center. PHOTO BY COLLEB
Presidential candidate Prof Venansius Baryamureeba who is currently in Kayunga for his campaign rallies has asked the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to take over his security.
Speaking to Daily Monitor a head of his rallies, Prof Barya as he is commonly known said, it is insecure for the IEC to ask presidential candidates like him to provide themselves private security guards during the campaigns.
“Am ready to pay for security if the electoral commission is willing to provide them (security personnel),” he said.
After nominations, the IEC allocated each of the eight presidential candidates 10 VIP security personnel.
FDC presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye has finally arrived at Rukungiri Municipal Stadium where he is to address his first rally. Dr Besigye arrived at the venue at around 3:27pm, about one and half hours late after coiling through a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. He was expected to address his first rally at 2pm.
Dr Besigye is also expected to address two other rallies in Nyakishenyi in Rubabo Constituency and Bugangari in Rujumbura constituency.
Photo credit: Byamugyisha Moses
Meanwhile, the incumbent and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni says due to high demand for seedlings "at least more Shs1trillion will be injected into the NAAds.
"Prioritization has helped us solve problems which have defeated so many people,” he said.
Museveni made the remarks while addressing NRM supporters at his second rally at Kasana grounds in Luweero district.
He has also promised to work out payments for veterans, explaining that "due to prioritization, we could not do all things at the same time”.
"Now you hear some politicians talking of change. That they want change; change from what to what?" asked Mr Museveni.
Addressing the crowd earlier, First Lady Janet Museveni urged voters to “make sure you vote and vote our candidate (Mr Museveni)”
Photo Credit: Faiswal Kasirye
Mr Museveni says FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye can now freely campaign everywhere in the country because he (Museveni) brought peace in Uganda.
"Besigye left (NRM) in 2001, and we still had a lot of problems like Kony, ADF. He is now enjoying peace. Now Amama Mbabazi has joined the same group (Besigye). Let him go, we will continue, as usual, "he said,
Mr Museveni has pledged to fight unemployment by attracting investors to set up factories in Uganda.
While Uganda has one of the highest proportions of young people in the world, there is little agreement on the scope of youth unemployment there.
A joint study done by the International Labor Organization and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics puts the youth unemployment rate at 5 percent, with the number rising to more than 13 percent when taking into account “youth who are without work and available to work but not actively seeking work.” But independent studies put the number much, much higher. ActionAid surveyed more than 1,000 people and pegged youth unemployment at more than 60 percent while the African Development Bank has a study finding that unemployment for people 15-24 in Uganda is 83 percent.
Presidential candidate Prof Venansius Baryamureeba is addressing his first rally at Busaana, Kitimbwa trading Centres, Kayunga district.
Unlike his counter parts (FDC’s Kizza Besigye, NRM’s Yoweri Museveni and Amama Mbabazi) who attracted hundreds of supporters at their respective rally venues, there is barely excitement in Kayunga town where Prof Barya as he is commonly known is addressing his first rally.
Photo credit: FRED MUZAALE
President Museveni, the NRM flag bearer campaigns at Kiwoko in Nakaseke District
FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye is addressing his first rally on the second day of his campaigns in Rwashameire town in Kajara constituency, Ntungamo district. Dr Besigye set off from his home in Rukungiri at 10:30 am. He was welcomed at Kahengye; Rukungiri- Ntungamo border by FDC party president Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu. They drove through Bwongyera and Kibatsi Sub counties and made five stopovers in several trading centres including Rwamabondo where he addressed over 300 supporters at 12.40 pm.
After Rwashamaire, Dr Besigye is expected to address other rallies in Rubaare town on Ntungamo-Kabale High way, Kitwe town in Ruhaama constituency and finally in Ntungamo municipality at later in the evening.
Reported by Alfred Tushabe
Meanwhile, NRM is doing a procession in Mukono as enthusiasts wait for the GoForward presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi who is now in Bweyogere
GoFoward presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi finally at Saza Grounds in Mukono Municipality where he is to address his first rally on the second day of his presidential campaign. He was welcomed by local artiste, Mathias Walukaga’s “Abantu bakowu” “(People are tired)” song.
Mr Mbabazi was warmly welcomed by a mammoth crowd of his supporters waiting to be addressed.
DAY 3 of presidential campaigns Dr Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change candidate is on his way to Kisoro IDistrict.
He has made stopovers and addressed people at Karengye and Rubanda trading centres in Rubanda West about 40 kilometers on Kabale-Kisoro road. He is accompanied by the party president Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Mr Wasswa Birigwa, the party chairman and Ms Ingrid Turinawe. The FDC presidential candidate is expected to address at least three main rallies; the first one will be held at Rubuguri in Bufumbira North while the last one will be in Kisoro Town Council.
Dr Besigye (wearing a black jacket) is cheered by supporters at one of the trading centres on his way to Kisoro District. Courtesy photo
NRM supporters gathered at Iguli Primary School, Dokolo North Constituency, Dokolo District. The NRM flag bearer, President Miseveni expected to address a rally at the venue.
FDC presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye and his campaign team have arrived at Rubuguri Trading centre in Bufumbira North Kisoro district. He is addressing his first rally on the third day of presidential campaigns. Kisoro which lies on the Uganda- Dr Congo border is a stronghold for NRM.
In 2001 elections, NRM presidential flag bearer Yoweri Museveni polled 77,177 votes (96.1 per cent) in Kisoro while Dr Kiiza Besigye 2659 votes (3.3 per cent) becoming the second. There were 96250 voters, and six candidates were in the race.
In 2006 elections there were 99,391 registered voters in Kisoro, and Dr Besigye polled 5175 votes (6.5 per cent) becoming the second while Mr Museveni got 72,896 votes (92 per cent). There were five presidential candidates. Dr Abed Bwanika polled 326 votes (0.4 per
cent) and was the fourth.
In 2011 presidential where there were eight candidates Dr Besigye polled 4286 votes (4.6 per cent) in Kisoro and became the second. Mr Museveni got 86233 votes (94.4 per cent). There were 121, 634 registered voters in the district. Abed Bwanika was the fourth with 187 votes. (0.2 per cent).
Iguli Primary school pupils sing a local song to welcome President Yoweri Museveni who is expected to address a campaign rally as an NRM presidential flag bearer.
Photo credit: Bill Oketch
Supporters of Mr Amama Mbabazi jubilate in the streets of Mityana town ahead of their candidate's rally in the area. Courtesy photo
Peoples Development Party presidential candidate Abed Bwanika campaigns in Namayingo town eastern Uganda. Mr Bwanika says once voted into power, he would make Uganda free of homosexuality and corruption. Courtesy photo
Mr Bwanika campaigns in rural Busoga. Courtesy photo
Supporters of Mr Amama Mbabazi in Mityana town ahead of his rally
Dr Besigye campaigns in Rubuguri Sub-county, Kisoro district
Dr Besigye's convoy got stuck in rural Kisoro where he is campaigning. Courtesy photo
Dr Besigye resorted to walking after his vehicle got stuck in rural Kisoro. Courtesy photo
Dr Kizza Besigye is travelling to Kanungu from Kabale where he spent the night. Kanungu is the home district of former Prime Minister and presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi. Dr Besigye’s first rally will be held in Mpungu Sub County (Kinkizi West) near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest at around 11 am. He will go to Butogota Town Council, Kihiihi Town Council, Kambuga Town Council and end with a rally at Kanungu district headquarters. He is expected to feature on Kanungu Broadcasting Services (KBS) radio at 8.30 pm.
Kanungu largely relies on tea, rice and coffee farming as well as tourism. It however has very poor roads and broken bridges, inadequate power supply and poor telephone and internet services.
How Kanungu has been voting in previous elections
2011 presidential election (eight candidates, 110981 voters) Abed Bwanika 239 votes (0.3 per cent) Kizza Besigye 16056 votes (21.6 per cent) Yoweri Museveni 57122 votes (77 per cent)
2006 presidential election (five candidates, 96091 voters) Abed Bwanika 344 votes (0.5 per cent) Besigye Kizza 16109 votes (22.9 per cent) Museveni Kaguta 53600 votes (76.1 per cent)
Updates by Alfred Tumushabe & Perez Rumanzi
Meanwhile, Yendo traditional dancers are traveling from Lira Town to go and entertain President Yoweri Museveni at a rally in Moroto County, Alebtong District. The incumbent and NRM presidential candidate is scheduled to address three rallies today. The first one in Alebtong, followed by Lira and he's expected to crown with Otuke where he owns a state lodge.
Updates and photo credit: Bill Oketch
Amama sets off to Luweero where he is expected to address his fifth rally in Buganda sub-region since his nomination address in Nakivubo Stadium in Kampala last week. His main message throughout the region so far is the same: peaceful transition and embracing change.
FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye's car helps tow a truck stuck in the muddy Kabale-Kanungu road to clear the passage.
Dr Besigye is traveling to Kanungu district- the home of Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi. He is expected to address his first rally on this fourth day of campaigns at Mpungu Sub County (Kinkizi West) near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
NRM supporters welcome NRM flag bearer and incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni at a campaign rally at Alira Primary School in Alebtong on Thursday.
In one of his campaign addresses yesterday Mr Museveni said he will relieve parents the 'burden' of buying textbooks and lunch if voted in power.
"NRM invest in scholastic materials - textbooks, computers and mathematical sets, among others," Mr Museveni said.
Photo credit: Bill Oketch
Meanwhile, FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye (in white shirt and cap) was compelled to put on his gumboots to push vehicles stuck on the muddy Kabale-Kanungu road as he struggled to reach his campaign venue (Kanungu) on time.
Meanwhile, GoFoward presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi's supporters fumigate the road ahead of his scheduled campaign rally in Luweero. The incumbent and NRM's Yoweri Museveni was the last presidential candidate to address a rally in Luweero where he launched his campaign on November 9, 2015.
Photo credit: Rachel Mabala
A fire engine heads to Abura Primary School, Nambieso Sub-county in Apac District where President Museveni is scheduled to have his first campaign rally today
President Museveni campaigns in Lango sub region, Mr Mbabazi is free. Mr Mabiriizi and Ms Kyaya will campaign in Luuka and Namutumba, Mr Baryamureeba will mobilise support in Mpigi while Mr Bwanika is in Jinja. FDC's Besigye goes to Lwengo and Lyantonde and Gen Biraaro will comb Sironko, Bulambuli and Mbale
Residents wait for President Museveni at a campaign venue in Lango sub region
In kapchorwa, elections for the NRM are yet to start. Ballot papers are still at police for sorting. Reports Allan Chekwetch from Kapchorwa.
Contestants for the Kapchorwa Municipality Member of Parliament. L-R: Mr Sam Cheptoris, Maj Leonard Chemonges and Mr Andrew Timothy Mangusho.
Officials verifying ballots at Kapchorwa police station. Reports indicate that some polling stations have more ballots than voters.
Amama quotes in Hoima:
It's illegal to take your land without first compensating you. My government will correct this. There only two regions in Uganda without Universities, Bunyoro and Karamoja. My government will build universities in all regions. 83% of the youth are unemployed. This is the highest in the world.
President Museveni arriving at the rally at Arua Municipal Council on foot.
Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has criticised his former ally, President Museveni, for what he termed as “clinging to power”. While launching his presidential campaigns in Bunyoro sub-region yesterday, Mr Mbabazi said even if a leader is good, it is not sensible for him to cling on.
Photo by Francis Mugerwa
He is one of the main challengers of President Museveni in the run up to the 2016 elections. But the FDC candidate, Col (rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye, has said he has no personal vendetta against his former close confidant and the ruling NRM.
Photo by Denis Edema
President Museveni has promised to tarmac the Nebbi-Goli road to link Uganda to DR Congo. Addressing supporters at Bar Okoro in Paidha Town on Sunday, Mr Museveni said: “We shall start with Nebbi-Goli custom road then come and construct the Paidha Road.” He also reminded them of the electricity government extended to them via Nyagak Power Station.
Gen Benon Biraaro, the Farmers Party of Uganda [FPU] presidential candidate, has assured Ugandans he will increase the budget for agriculture by Shs3 trillion once elected president. While addressing a rally at Malaba Taxi Park yesterday, Gen Biraaro said the increment will enable government procure agricultural inputs for distribution to farmers.
PHOTO BY JOSEPH OMOLLO
A chopper belonging to the NRM flag bearer Yoweri Museveni lands in Fort portal (kabarole) Boma grounds- the exact venue for Amama Mbabazi's rally. Out of the chopper emerges Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde.
Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde enters a waiting car after alighting from the NRM flag bearer's chopper at Boma grounds Fort portal- the same venue from which independent candidate Amama Mbabazi is to hold his campaign rally.
Meanwhile in Maracha district, its fun filled day as they wait on NRM flag bearer Yoweri Museveni.
Photo by Maurice Ochol
Meanwhile FDC's Kizza Besigye is in Luuka canvassing for support.
Photo by Denis Edema
NRM flag bearer Yoweri Museveni is combing areas of Koboko and Yumbe. FDC's Kizza Besigye is in Kibuku and Pallisa. Amama Mbabazi in Kasese, run mates Mabirizi and Kyalya are in Kampala and Wakiso, Prof Baryamureeba is in Oyam and Alebtong, Gen Benon Biraaro is in Kaliro and Luuka. Abed Bwanika heads to Amolatar and Dokolo.
Kasese residents listen to Mr Mbabazi (not in picture) in Kasese town
He told the people of Kasese since they accept that their economic and social situation is poor, the only weapon they have is to change the leadership that has failed to meet their expectations for 30 years
He said they should never complain if they elect a government that has failed to deliver for a long time
He said his government would revive Kilembe mines that has been in shambles to ensure that locals get jobs. He also promised to construct an airport in the town.
He said his government would fight corruption to ensure that money for service provision is not pocketed by a few people near the seat of power
Mr Mbabazi said he would find a lasting solution to the Nyamwamba River that has perennially caused havoc in Kasese town.
He says Ugandans have to vote for a government that works for everyone without discrimination
Mr Mbabazi holds a wooden sign of his GoForward campaign platform that was donanted to him by a supporter at a rally in Kasese town. Courtesy photo
A man stands besides Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi's portrait at Kanungu recreation ground in Kanungu town council where he is expected to hold a rally later .
PHOTO BY COLLEB MUGUME
Mr Amama Mbabazi campaigns in his home district Kanungu. President Museveni is in Yumbe, Moyo and Adjumani district while Mr Abed Bwanika is in Kaberamaido. Prof. Baryamureeba is northern Uganda and Mr Mabirizi and Ms Kyalya campaign in Wakiso. Mr Besigye is in Butaleja District.
FDC's kizza Besigye makes his first stopover in Butaleja. He will be seeking for support from the Easterners today.
Meanwhile, embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is on his way for nominations at the office of the Kampala district returning officer in Ntinda.
Photo by Stephen Kafeero
A local artiste entertains the crowd at Amama Mbabazi's rally in Kanungu.
Prof Venansius Baryamureeba (standing on Generator) address a rally at Chagware market in Dokolo district.
Photo by Bill Oketch
Residents of Adjumani district wait for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer Yoweri Museveni to address them on his final rally in the district.
Independent presidential candidate Venansius Baryamureeba is today canvassing areas of Gulu and Agago districts for votes in the 2016 election.
NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni is in districts of Amuru, Adjumani and Nwoya while FDC’s candidate Dr Kizza Besigye is in Busia.
Meanwhile, Dr Abed Bwanika of the PDP is in Alebtong and Otuke districts.
In Busia district this morning, FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye announced his arrival by daring the incumbent and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni to a TV debate. Dr Besigye becomes the second 2016 presidential candidate after Independent candiate prof Venansius Baryamureeba to dare President Museveni to a TV debate.
Besigye has also promised to revive institutions like courts of law and anti-corruption agencies.
Meanwhile, Farmers party of Uganda presidential flag bearer Benon Biraaro, has accused the media of biased coverage.
"They do not show my crowd," he said.
BREAKING: The Chairperson, Electoral Commission, Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu, will address the press on the images which are circulating through various media especially social media platforms, featuring a truck (rig) bearing voter education messages and what appears to be ‘Electoral Commission’ logo, decorated with posters of one of the Presidential candidates, and carrying likely supporters of that candidate.
The briefing will start at 1:30pm at the Electoral Commission Headquarters, Plot 55 Jinja Road, Kampala.
Amama Mbabazi to start in Ishaka, president Museveni excites pabbo while Dr Kizza Besigye fans turn blue
Meanwhile, singer Phina Mugerwa in hospital after her driver lost control on her way to Adjumani for NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni's campaign rally
In Mbarara, Boda-boda cyclists join a procession in Mbarara Town where GoForward presidential candidate Mr Amama Mbabazi is scheduled to hold a rally at at Booma Grounds. One of the boda cyclists told Daily Monitor that they have been invited through their coordinators by alleged Mr Museveni mobilisers to go for fuel worth Shs20, 000 each.
Mr Jolly Mugisha a Mbabazi coordinator in Mbarara town said several points have been established by their detractors to sabotage Mbabazi’s rally.
The detractors, according to Mr Mugisha are moving around telling Boda-boda cyclists to shun Mbabazi's campaign rally. Some cyclists have been given posters of candidate Museveni which they have pinned on their motorbikes.
Mr Mugisha wonders why the Electoral Commission and police are not stopping Museveni's supporters from provoking them
Some of the boda boda riders who have been allegedly mobilised to disrupt Mr Mbabazi's rally in Mbarara
Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi is today expected to launch his manifesto.
Some of the issues in Mr Mbabazi’s manifesto include creating 444,160 new public sector jobs at the Sub-county level (Public Sector), creating 3.5 million private sector jobs over five years (700, 000 jobs per year). A significant pay raise and improved teachers’ welfare, Safer child-birth and pre- and ante-natal care. He will also talk about improved healthcare for children, return of cooperative societies, and irrigation for farmers and reducing VAT from 18 per cent to 16 per cent, among others.
Mbabazi's supporters fill Victoria Ballroom, Kampala Serena waiting to listen to him as he launches his manifesto today
Meanwhile, FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye ' has been delayed to reach the venue for his rally in Bulambuli due to the slippery roads following the heavy downpour.
Besigye’s entourage help pull a truck stuck in the mad to clear the road for him.
Photo credit: Suhail Mugabi
Mr Museveni tells a press conference in Gulu that he's the only person who has been solving Uganda's problems like wars. He says others who are in NRM are mere passengers in the bus.
Mr Mbabazi campaigns in Arua. He repeats his message of ensuring peaceful transition of power.
He tells the people of Arua that since they agree that they are living in poor conditions with no efficient service delivery, they need to change a government that has failed.
Mr Mbabazi says the problem of land grabbing in Uganda will come to an end once he's elected president
Mr Amama Mbabazi says he believes in free trade and once in State House, he would remove all hostile taxes that curtail trade
I am ready any time for the debate. I heard them say my ideas are the same as theirs. Well, ok- Amama Mbabazi said at his presser in Arua on Tuesday morning
Boda -boda riders in Gulu district have filled most streets of Gulu town, with poster of Presidential Candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi of the Go Forward, pressure group. The boda-boda riders, who are chanting Go-Forward, got on the streets by 11:00am
By 2;00pm, NRM truck with its supporters were also seen in town praising President Museveni’s roles in bringing peace in the region
Photo by Cissy Makumbi
NRM supporters in Gulu take to the streets demanding PRDP ( The Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda) money that was allegedly mishandled by Amama Mbabazi when he was in the office of the prime minister.
PHOTO BY JOHN OKOT
BREAKING: Amama Mbabazi's Go Forward has fired two employees of its secretariat for alleged spying and leaking confidential information to rival candidates.
NRM's Museveni has promised the people of Abim tapped water, roads. To the school going children, he has promised free exercise books, pens, pencils and the girls free sanitary pads.
Besigye in Kayunga thanks the residents for turning up in big numbers, he says they have shown that they are tired (Bakoowu). Meanwhile his voice has turned more husky than usual due to two weeks of continuous talking.
Amama Mbabazi in Gulu aplogised to residents for all the bad things that happened during his tenure as Prime Minister, tells them that his government will bring the north to same level with the rest of country in development.
Vote and stay at the polling stations until the votes are counted, leave the votes in Kampala to me- Mbabazi in Gulu
NRM supporters in Kotido town jubilate as they wait for the incumbent and NRM presidential candidadte Yoweri Museveni.
President Museveni is expected in Kotido this afternoon. The crowd started arriving as early as 4am
Meanwhile, Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi holds a press conference in Gulu town ahead of his journey to Lira district where he's expected to hold a rally.
"The campaigns are about selling our ideas to the people and everyone must have a chance to do that freely,” says Mr Mbabazi
According to Mr Mbabazi, democracy is the competition of ideas, not muscle power.
“We shall announce on Friday the new measures we intend to take on some of the activities against us. Because the intimidation has been widespread I'm starting to think that it is a policy of the party,” he says.
Mbabazi says investing in agriculture should make Uganda the food basket for the region and beyond.
"When I was still the Prime Minister, I lobbied for local investment in our infrastructure."
"Our economy has been growing by about 6% of GDP for the last 25 years. Our economy has expanded exponentially. However what I want to see is equitable share of the resources," says Mr Mbabazi
"We now have oil, but how shall we handle that process? Hopw much of that will go to the local persons? I would like to see a policy that promotes equitable share of resources. The campaigns are about selling our ideas to the people and everyone must have a chance to do that freely," adds Mr Mbabazi.
As prime minister, I was not responsible for funds. Even a minister for that matter does not handle funds. All state funding are handled at bureaucratic level.A minister can intervene for the usage of funds for unplanned activity and they have to put it in writing.
There is this nonsense that has been kept in the media by Odonga Otto (MP Aru County) that I used Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) for Northern Uganda. I never had an armored vehicle. That Mercedes Benz was not armoured and it did not cost 600 million as people like Otto insinuate.
My predecessor (Prof Apollo Nsibambi) had requested me to retain one of the vehicles he was using. A prime minister is entitled to two vehicles. I allowed him to retain one vehicle and for one year. I used one vehicle that was used by my predecessor for one year before a new vehicle was bought for me. The old car had been used for 10 years. In the PAC hearings and the Auditor General’s report, there was nothing pinning me to have used 600 million to buy the new car.
We want to turn every sub country into a basic planning and production unit. People are poor because of poor planning and poor leadership.
We are coming up with an idea that gives you the individual and the family the possibility of being production.
Amama at his last rally in Arua
GoForward supporters in Lira district set Anti-Amama Mbabazi T-shirts ablaze. Mr Mbabazi is expected to address a rally in Lira
A section of youth in Lira town handover anti-Amama Mbabazi T-shirt issued in June by Aruu County Member of Parliament Odonga Otto. The T-shirts were then burnt to ashes.
Go Forward’s campaign leader held hostage over T-shirts
Updates by Bill Oketch
Amama Mbabazi’s campaign venue today turned chaotic after supporters held the chairperson organising committee, Mr Charles Dickens Elem hostage over Go Forward’s T-shirts.
More than 2,000 supporters comprising of boda boda and business persons were mobilised to welcome the independent presidential candidate near Apii village on Lira- Kampala highway, about seven kilometres from the heart of Lira Town.
Mr Mbabazi, who was traveling from Gulu Town, where he held his rally on Tuesday was expected to hold another rally at Akii-Bua Stadium, Lira Town, on Wednesday at around 2pm.
Photo credit: Bill Oketch
Mr Mbabazi arrives in Lira for his main rally
Forum for Democratic Chance (FDC) party presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye says he will continue with his “defiance campaign” despite warning by the Electoral Commission (EC) drop it or face the wrath of the law.
However, Besigye says that a commission which is not independent and competent to conduct free and fair election stands no right to make such utterances.
Supporters of Mr Kassiano Wadri who turned up for his nomination in Arua. Photo by Felix Warom
Micheal Mabike nominated for MP Makindye East, he now has set a date with Dr Ian Clarke Busulwa who was nominated yesterday.
Nabisere Asia Kinaabi duly nominated for woman MP Kampala on the NRM ticket, this could set her up for a clash with Nabila Nagayi Ssempala. Mpindi Bumaali duly nominated for MP Kawempe South:
Courtesy Photo of Nabisere Aisa
Hajati Minsa Kabanda nominated on the NRM ticket for MP Kampala Central, this could land her in the path of Muhammad Nsereko who will most likely be nominated as independent candidate.
Moses Kasibante nominated for MP Rubaga North.
Makindye Division councillor Allan Ssewanyana nominated for MP Makindye West constituency in Kampala District.
Former minister for Agriculture, Ms Hope Mwesigye celebrates with her supporters after she was nominated for the Kabale Woman Parliamentary seat as an independent candidate under the Go Forward pressure group. She told the press shortly after her nominations that it is time now to change the leadership of NRM party for the development of all Ugandans.
Photo by Robert Muhereza
Businesss came to a standstill as thousands escorted Kayunga's Ida Nantaba for nominations. One unidentified male supporter died after falling off a tractor on which he was travelling to the nomination venue.
Jinja East Constituency MP incumbent FDC Mr Paul Mwiru waiting to be nominated at the district on Thursday. Mwiru will yet again face NRM's Nathan Igeme Nabeta.
Photo by Denis Edema
FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye is expected to address five rallies today; the first one at Agwatta Primary School, followed by Batta Sub-county. The FDC candidate is also scheduled to hold another rally at Angwecibangi Primary School, Dokolo Town Council after which he will head to Kangai Primary School, where he's scheduled to address the main rally. While in Kangai Sub-county, Dr Besigye is expected to visit a site where kabaka Mwanga and Kabalega were captured, and will head to Kaberamaido where he's expected to address a rally at Ochero Sub-county. He will the continue to pay a visit to the home of late Opolot who was killed while fishing on Lake Kyoga in recent months before.
Updates by Bill Oketch
Supporters wait for Dr Kizza Besigye at Agwatta Town Board, Dokolo District, where FDC presidential candidate is scheduled to address his first rally today. Picture and updates by Bill Oketch
Meanwhile, the incumbent and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni is addressing the press at Soroti State lodge.
“What I want to tell you is that there’s now total peace and that’s why some of these land issues are coming up,” said Mr Museveni in response to a question from a journalist on land conflicts in Teso sub-region.
“Africans like to fight for nothing. Me I fight but for a good reason,” he added.
People along the road at Muhanga waiting for Mbabazi as he goes to Kabale.
Photo by Lubowa Abubaker
Mr Amama Mbabazi speaks with his elder brother Mr Paulo Bakebwa at Ahakacuro where he was welcomed officially in Kigezi sub region on Thursday.
PHOTO BY ROBERT MUHEREZA.
The head of clergy Kabale diocese and also the parish priest of Kitanga Fr Geatano Batanyenda praying and giving blessing to presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi at Ahakacuro border point of Ntungamo and Kigezi.
Mr Amama Mbabazi started his campaigns in Kigezi sub region at Nyeikunama play ground in Muhanga Town Council Rukiga County. Fr Batanyenda said that this the time Uganda should have a new president.
PHOTO BY ROBERT MUHEREZA
Besigye has arrived at Soroti sports grounds in Soroti Municipality to a warm welcome. This will be holding his final rally in the district.
Photo by Stephen Kafeero
When Police heard that Mr Mbabazi was coming to Kabale regional referral hospital, they drove to there, put a padlock at the main entrance, drove off and kept sentry at a nearby shrub to watch Mr Mbabazi’s next move.
In what comes off as picking the cue from FDC’s Kizza Besigye, Mr Mbabazi had planned to visit and assess the state of the hospital as he traverses Kigezi region for votes.
However, with the political backlash that the Abim medical officer faced after Besigye’s visit, Kabale authorities would not entertain Mr Mbabazi’s visit. It was even made worse when what was supposed to be an unannounced visit was instead announced on Voice of Kigezi, a local radio.
Reports Isaac Imaka
Amama Mbabazi taking photos of Kanaaba gap and mountain Muhavura.
Photo by Lubowa Abubaker
Ms Roy Kakayi says she saw Idi Amin, Milton Obote and then Museveni, she adds that parents died when she was still young and she's not in position to tell her years. Well she was waiting for NRM's Yoweri Museveni at Bungoho where he will address a rally.
Photo by Michael Kakumirizi
Mbabazi makes first stop over at Kisoro.
At Biguli trading centre in Kamwenge district where Besigye was to hold a rally in the afternoon, NRM and FDC supporters were moving on the streets holding posters. Others saying we don't want FDC here while others said we want Besigye as their next president.
Later part of the group besieged journalists and told them issues in Kamwenge district which include poor roads, lack of electricity, elephantiasis in Busiriba.
By 1:15pm armed police started patrolling in Biguli trading centre on foot holding both guns and canes. But FDC supporters kept at the playground waiting for.
FDC's Kizza Besigye has arrived at Kyamukube, Kabarole to a warm welcome by residents.
The Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Dr Badru Kiggundu has said he will, on request by the government, authorise the deployment of the military to counter presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye’s defiance campaign.“If the military is called to come in, I will approve. Yes, the military is part of Uganda; they are your brothers…” Dr Kiggundu said.
Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi has arrived at Go-Forward offices in Nakasero. He will be talking to the press over recent comments by IGP Kale Kayihura and President Yoweri Museveni in which they threatened to arrest his guards over the Ntungamo clashes.
Photo and report by Lubowa Abubaker
All set for the press conference to start.
"I come address you on short notice on this sad day in our democratic process," Mbabazi starts.
Photo by Lubowa Abubaker
Two things occurred today police raided my home and arrested people who had come to see me. They took three young men whose where abouts we don't know. Before 9 o'clock police both in uniform and plain cloth arrested every male in the compound, Twenty have been arrested and we have no idea where they are.
Denying me free campaign is denying me my right even if you have the police or military- Amama says
No amount of intimidation wil stop our cause to change this nation coz change is the desire of the people of Uganda. You shouldnt blame Kayihura cos he works on orders of Museveni.
FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye speaks to the press at his home in Kasangati:
Next year is going to be a year of expectation. After 30 years of the NRM regime, it's probable that we'll have a new dispensation, he says.
UPDATE: Police on Monday raided independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s campaign offices in Nakasero and Home in Kololo, Kampala where they arrested some of his supporters.
I have interacted with various crime preventers across the country, even those say that they'll not be used- Besigye.
Besigye also rubbishes Monitor polls: " That poll, to my knowledge, is rubbish," he says.
Reports Abubaker Lubowa
Radio polls are more authentic because people call in but Museveni has never won the polls, he is a hopeless minority in such polls.
NRM presidential flag bearer Yoweri Museveni combs Namutumba district.
Indepnedent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi unveils his new campaign tusk force
"First phase of their campaigns is done and now to enter second phase which will be a ground work of turning support into votes. We have been having a candidate who has been wining but failing to take power but now we have person who can win and take power," says one of Mr Mbabazi's lawyer Michael Mabikke who is addressing the gathering at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Kampala
Updates and photo Credit by Abubaker Lubowa
Taking over from Mabikke, UPC leader Mr Olara Otunnu says “If you want to remove Museveni’s regime, you have to be united. That’s why we are together. We want a Uganda with equal opportunity; in health education, among others. If we are united we can transform this country.”
Updates and photo Credit by Abubaker Lubowa
Addressing the gathering now, independent Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi says, "We have each walked polar journeys to get to this point and now we want to scale the ice of this election. In the past, I have been branded as a one-man-show, those who are kind say I have my wife. But now you see my structure. Go-Forward has fielded 297 candidates across the country and we intend to win them all. In most villages, we have at the very least 40 people campaigning for Go-Forward. Though the incumbent won with, 68% when broken down,it translates into 39% of registered voters which is a minority. We know that there are over two million new voters coming into this election and the majority are young people."
“In 5 years I will have created close to 5M jobs. Anyone without a job will be that one who does not want to work. We aim at making development more equitable and representative for the wide spectrum of Ugandan people. We know that there are over 2 million new voters coming into this election and majority are young people. We're also aiming at scaling our agricultural budget allocation from 320bn to just over 1 trillion. Working towards the development of agriculture needs more critical thinking and this can't happen with just hoes. How do we intend to fund our ambitious projects? That's the question our competitor has been asking. The very first of them all is to cut the presidential budget from the eye-popping figures it is at now. Every year, ministries get more money to basically do the same thing (same output). We will cut State House Budget from Shs200 billion to Shs100 billion audience explodes in cheers, stamping and clapping.,” says Mbabazi.
Update by Isaac Imaka
FDC supporters make a dummy of Dr Besigye at Ludara sub county headquarters, Koboko District. Photo by Eriasa Mukiibi Sserunjoji
Besigye in Ombaci, Koboko for his first rally.
NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni addresses a press conference in Jinja. He says "I work for mission, I don't work for position"
NRM’s Museveni: There are only 3 district headquarters that have no electricity and plans are under way to take it there.
What we agreed with the teachers and lecturers will be implemented. The you needs skills and the rich man needs human resource in order to run his business
In many parts of the country including Eastern Uganda and some parts of northern Uganda, when I travel I see very many mabati houses (Semi permanent houses). This means people have woken up.
“We're going to tarmac the road from Iganga to Kamuli through Kiyunga. Focus will also be on Naads, youth and women's fund plus innovation funds for scientists,” says Museveni
On some Basoga giving away land for sugarcane growing, Mr Museveni says they need to be educated on the importance of land
We're building a factory of fertilizers in Tororo, another one near L. Albert says Museveni
Meanwhile, independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi is expected to address series of mini-rallies today in the three districts of Alebtong, Otuke and Kole, all in Lango sub region. His main rally is scheduled to be held later in the day in Kole.
Right now, Mr Mbabazi is said to be addressing mini rallies Ajuri County in Alebtong district. Mr Mbabazi left Lira at around 11am for his first rally today.
At Aloi High Primary School, half a kilometer from Aloi Corner where he is scheduled to hold his second rally, there is no sign of any activity. At 1: 05pm, our reporter saw only one man seated on a bicycle behind a blue plastic container which has simsim paste in it. After addressing a rally at Aloi High, Mr Mbabazi will hold another one at Akura before heading to Otuke District.
Picture and updates by Bill Oketch
Mbabazi clashes with Alebtong RDC
Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has clashed with Mr Andrew Awanyi, the Alebtong RDC.
A scuffle ensued when the RDC who was coming from Lira town stopped at Aloi in Alebtong district where Mr Mbabazi was greeting some of his supporters, came out of his vehicle and started pushing his way through Mbabazi supporters and asking him to leave the venue.
Mr Mbabazi was supposed to address a rally at Aloi on Tuesday but he missed due to limited time.
At the venue this morning, Mr Awanyi accompanied with a police officer allegedly started fighting Mr Mbabazi’s campaign team. He is feared to have lost a tooth or more in the scuffle as he was seen spitting blood.
Photo and Updates by Bill Oketch
Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi is now addressing a rally at Aloi Corner, Alebtong District after missing yesterday. From Alebtong Mbabazi will be headed to Lira, Apac, Kole and Oyam where he is expected to address more rallies today.
Updates by Bill Oketch
Meanwhile, the incument and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni is at Rubuguri primary school play ground in Kisoro district where he pledged creation of Bukimbiri constituency before he branded politicians dividing the NRM party as Idiots that want to harvest where they never sow.
PHOTO BY ROBERT MUHEREZA
Nyakabindi primary School playground in Nyarusiza sub county Bufumbira south constituency in Kisoro district where president Museveni is going to hold his fourth rally today.
Reports Colleb Mugume
Bebe cool performs for the crowd as they wait on president Museveni to address the rally at Nyakabindi primary school playground
Reports By Colleb Mugume
Bebe cool performs for the crowd as they wait on president Museveni to address the rally at Nyakabindi primary school playground
Reports By Colleb Mugume
Kizza Besigye expected to walk on this red carpet at Masindi boma grounds as soon as he arrives.
FDC's Kizza Besigye makes his way through the crowd at Boma grounds Masindi.
Museveni expected at Kamwezi playground in Kamwezi Sub county Rukiga constituency Kabale district.
Photo by Colleb Mugume
Independent Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi campaigns in Nakapiripirit district.
Photo by Rachel Mabala
A woman wearing a T-shirt for NRM's Yoweri Museveni carries posters of Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi in Namalu, Nakapiripirit district.
Photo by Rachel Mabala
Three members of independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s security team have been admitted after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash.
According to eye witnesses, 10 of Mr Mbabazi’s security team members were travelling from Moroto district to Kaabong district, where he is expected to hold his rallies when the vehicle, a super custom, they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned.
“No one showed visible injuries at first but three of them collapsed and were rushed to a nearby hospital back to Moroto,” said the former Director-General of Uganda's External Security Organisation Mr David Pulko, now working as Mr Mbabazi’s campaign mobiliser.
However, by press time, police was yet to identify the victims.
The incumbent and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni holds a spear and shield given to him by his supporters at Kabale playground Kabale municipality on Monday. Museveni is in the area canvassing for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.
UPDATES AND PHOTO BY COLLEB MUGUME
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has urged presidential candidates not to incite violence, saying government is monitoring their activities ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Rugunda also assured Ugandans that his government has organized a violence free election, saying they will “deal with anyone who dare disrupt the elections.”
Photo credit: Abubaker Lubowa
Tension is high in the two constituencies of Kinkizi east and Kinkizi west in Kanungu district where the incumbent and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni is expected to address rallies today as he canvasses for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.Kanungu is the home district for independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister in the Museveni government.
Updates by Perez Rumanzi
Police guard mobilised NRM supporters along the Kotido highway where Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi is expected to address a rally.
More National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters dressed in yellow T-shirts branded with the party’s presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni’s photo step onto the streets. Police keep guard of them. Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi is expected to address a rally here.
Mbabazi at Kanawat parish in kotido sub county addressing his first rally.
Photo and updates by Rachel Mabala
In an attempt to stop Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye from addressing his supporters in Toriet IDP Camp in Bukwo district, sebei sub-region, police have fire teargas, live bullets to disperse the crowd. Scores are reportedly injured
One person has been injured and rushed to hospital as police in Bukwo district fired teargas and live bullets to disperse Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters.
NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni campaigns in Kanungu district. He has just concluded his first rally at Kanungu playground Kanungu town council Kinkinzi East constituency Kanungu district. He has proceeded to the second rally at Mbabazi's home area in Kihihi. Museveni has promised to compensate people whose relatives were killed by Kibwetere in January 2000. He orders PM Ruhakana Rugunda to follow them up.
Photo and updates by Colleb Mugume
Mr Yoweri Museveni called Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director Allen Kagina to the podium to tell the people of Kanungu when the construction of Rukungiri-Ishasha-Kanungu road is to start.
Ms Kagina says she is soon to sign a memorandum of understanding with the contractor early January this year. She Promised that the construction is to start soon.
Museveni campaigns at FDC president Mugisha Muntu's home at Ishaza ground Rwashamaire town council Kajara Constituency Ntungamo district. After Kajara, he heads to Rubare in Rushenyi Constituency, Rukoni sub county in Ruhama constituency, Ruhama playground in Ruhama constituency and then ends at Kyamate playground in Ntungamo Municipality. Museveni says he will put technical school in every Constituency.
By Colleb Mugume
FDC Presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye campaigns at Rwanda camp in Kween.
Photo by Eriasa Mukiibi
Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi campaigns in Ngora.
Photo by Rachel Mabala
Mbabazi tells Kumi residents that they have been subjected to poverty programs that don't work for 30 years, cautions that if they want change, they should not vote Museveni.
Photo by Rachel Mabala
Moroto district police commander Mr. George Obia on Monday recorded
his statement for assaulting journalists on Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and destroying their cameras.
Trouble started after NTV journalists started filming a road block that had been erected along Moroto-Tapac road to block Dr Besigye from travelling to Tapac Sub-county-one of his strongholds in the Karamoja area, going by his performance in the 2011 polls.
Updates by Steven Ariong
Meanwhile, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters in Katakwi district removed their cloths and layed them down for the party's presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye to walk on. Some cleaned his shoes his shoes.
The dancing returns to Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi rallies. Local musicians, Big Eye, Melody, Geral Kiweewa, and Mathias Walukagga performed in Budaka where Mr Mbabazi is canvassing for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.
The incumbent and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni pulls a mammoth crowd in Ibanda District where he is canvassing for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.
European Union (EU) election observers have been flagged off to different parts of the country ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
Photo and updates by Dominic Bukenya
Mbarara Municipality is on fire as the ruling National Resistance Movemnet (NRM) presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni canvasses for votes in the area.
Museveni is campaigning in Kashari Constituency first then to Rwampala constituency and ends in Mbarara Municipality which is aspiring to be a city.
Photo and updates by Colleb Mugume
He has already addressed his first rally at Kabwohe town council in Sheema North constituency, then Sheema South and then ends in Igara West.
While addressing his first rally at Kabwohe, Mr Museveni said opposition failed to come together under TDA because they are not united as it is the case in NRM party.
Updates and phot by Colleb Mugume
Presidential campaigns continue today. Museveni is supposed to be in Bushenyi & Mitooma, Baryamureeba Kotido, Mbabazi in Namutumba & Iganga, Mabirizi/ Kalya in Apac & Dokolo, Bwanika in Masaka, Besigye in Tororo, Biraro in Moyo. However the candidates are also expected to attend today's presidential debate which starts at 1900hr local time.
Excitement rocks Bushenyi as NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni canvasses for votes in the area. He is going to have his rally at Kizinda Market ground in Kizinda town council Bushenyi district. Report and photo by Colleb Mugume
Six out of eight presidential candidates; Independent’s Amama Mbabazi, FDC’s Kizza Besigye, Venansius Baryamureeba, Benon Biraro, Joseph Mabirizi, Maureen Kalya have already arrived for the first session of the presidential debate at Serena Hotel Kampala. Meanwhile, NRM Presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni will not participate in the debate.
Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi at Luzira for a mini rally. The Go Forward head will be combing Kampala city.
Reports Frederic Musisi
Residents in Rwenzori region get the hype as they wait for NRM presidential flag bearer Yoweri Museveni.
Reports Colleb Mugume
Amama Mbabazi campaigns in Katwe, Kampala.
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye preaches his defiance campaign message in the eastern border town of Malaba, Tororo district. Besigye is expected to hold seven rallies in Tororo district.
NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni campaigns in Kyenjojo district, Mwenge North and then Mwenge Central in Kyenjojo district. While addressing his first rally at district headquarters playground in Kyenjojo town, Museveni said Uganda has only one problem of judges who release culprits in Corruption scandals but he gave Ugandans hope that this will end soon since he has written to Chief Justice over the matter, he was responding to a concern by voters who said drugs are stolen in the health centers.
By Colleb Mugume
Independent Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has said he will make sure that all pensioners are paid in his first 100 days in office and will not be missing their monthly emoluments.
Reports Alfred Tumushabe
NRM Presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni campaigns in Kiboga district today. He is now addressing his second rally at Kiboga saza ground. "Ask yourself why there were no tarmac roads before NRM came to power that's why you should vote NRM" Museveni says.
Reports Colleb Mugume
Meanwhile The first batch of ballot papers for the February 18 presidential elections arrived on Thursday at Entebbe Airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines.
The plane carrying 163 pallets worth 67,000kgs touched down at 1:30pm. The consignment was received by EC officials, with political party representatives and election observers among others present.
Reports Stephen Kafeero
Independent Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi stops over in Myanzi Mityana district.
FDC presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye is in Masaka.
Youth belonging to ruling NRM party in Bukomansimbi District have pulled down a towering arch in Butenga Trading Centre which they had erected to welcome, the party prudential candidate Yoweri Museveni, saying they had not been paid for the services rendered.
Reports by Malik Fahad Jjingo
Mr Asan Kasingye Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), also Commandant Interpol said as police they have noticed increased acts of defiance and public disorder, arising out of failure to observe the Electoral guidelines and regulations by politician specifically Dr Kizza Besigye.
Reports Joseph Kato
A rural electrification company contributed towards fuel for NRM presidential flag bearer Kaguta Museveni.
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer, Dr Kizza Besigye campaigns at Mahango in Kasese district on Thursday.
Photo by Morris Mumbere
Ugandans’ hopes on NRM presidential flag bearer Yoweri Museveni participating in the second presidential debate slated for February 14 have been crushed following an official pronouncement that he will be busy winding up his campaigns.
President Museveni has said the former coordinator of Intelligence services Gen. David Sejusa has not been retired from the army because of his bad conduct. While addressing the press on Friday, Mr Museveni said the army would have to first reform General Sejusa before offloading him onto society. Gen Sejusa, who the army arrested on Sunday at his home in Kampala and on Tuesday arraigned before the Court Martial, is now on remand in Luzira Maximum Security Prison.
Reports by Nelson Wesonga
As the only female presidential candidate in Uganda, a male-dominated country where the leader is eyeing a fourth decade in power, Maureen Kyalya admits the odds are stacked against her.
"He uses force and intimidation," said Kyalya, describing her former boss, veteran leader Yoweri Museveni, who is seeking re-election on February 18.
Independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi has hinted on the possibility of Tanzanian and Rwandan nationals to participate in Uganda's election.
A group of more than 5,000 motorcyclists has been recruited to traverse the country to canvass for votes for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Yoweri Museveni ahead of the February 18 presidential elections.
The HIV prevalence rate in Wakiso District stands at 10%, higher than the national rate Which is at 7%. NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni has asked parents in Kasangati to talk to their children about the scourge and its damaging result. He has also advised residents to remember that protection is the best option although there are ARVs in the country
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Meanwhile, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye is from Soroti now headed to Lira where he's expected to address more campaign rallies and he travesses the country preaching his gospel of change. He is now along Soroti road.
Updates and photo by Abubaker Lubowa
FDC's Kizza Besigye's procession along Soroti road, entering Lira town.
Updates and photo by Abubaker Lubowa
President Museveni arrives at Nakifuma Saaza grounds in Kayunga district.
FDC's Dr Kizza Besigye holds his final rally at Dam Waters, rugby grounds in Jinja district.
Reports Lubowa Abubaker
Police have arrested Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye as he tried Monday to access the Kampala Central Business District using the Kampala - Jinja Road.
Reports by Abubaker Lubowa
A section of students from Makerere University protesting the arrest of FDC presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye, they also deface posters of the incumbent.
The Inspector General of Police, gen Kale Kayihura to address media at CPS in a few minutes from now.
Besigye procession around Kalerwe as he heads back to town for rallies at Nasser Road, Arua park and Makerere University respectively.
Abubaker Lubowa reports.
Police were earlier engaged in running battles with traders at Kisekka market in Kampala Central Division. The traders rioted following the arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party, presidential candidate. The area was later secured my Military police.
Kizza Besigye's procession gathers pace as they near Wandegeya.
Lubowa Abubaker reports.
Police in Kampala have fired teargas to disperse Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye.
Dr Besigye was scheduled to address a rally at Makerere University. However, police deployed heavily ahead of his planned rally.
Reports Michael Kakumirizi
FDC's Dr Kizza Besigye's procession has reached Ntinda, he will have a stop over there before heading to spear motors Nakawa. He will then have a final rally in Naguru.
Reports by Abubaker Lubowa
Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi is in Wakiso for his first rally. He will be having his final rally at Makerere University.
National Resistance Movement's presidential flag bearer, Yoweri Museveni has just launched the Kayoola solar powered bus. He is headed to Mukono for his first rally before wrapping up campaigns at Kololo independence grounds.
Police in Tororo on Wednesday rescued Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya from being lynched by irate supporters of Otuke District woman MP Annet Nyakecho.
Updates by Joseph Omollo
Electoral Commission (EC) chairperson Badru Kiggundu claims some people intend to print pre–ticked ballot papers for use in tomorrow’s elections.
Updates by Nelson Wesonga
Electoral Commission (EC) chairperson Badru Kiggundu says the February 18 general election will be the last Ugandan presidential election he will preside over.
Updates by Nelson Wesonga
Voting ends at 4pm, and at stroke of the hour, the Election Constable stands behind the last person in the queue who will be the last one to cast the ballot.
There are eight presidential candidates in the race, half of whom are sponsored by political parties.
The Electoral Commission retired the old voters’ register and will use a version updated last year, which integrates data about individuals registered for the National Identity Card.
Residents of Entebbe who turned up at Namate polling station wait for voting materials. The materials had not been delivered at the polling station by 7: 15 am
Voting in Kalangala town starts. Photo by Henry Lubulwa.
There reports of delayed delivery of polling materials in Wakiso Town Council, Wakiso District. Pressure is mounting and residents are getting agitated. Similar reports are emerging from Kasubi, Kampala District.
People wait to vote at Kiwafu Primary School in Entebe Municipality. Photo by Stephen Kafeero
Kirinya Namataba polling station in Bweyogerere has received materials but ballot boxes have no covers. In Gulu Municipality, polling materials have not been delivered by 8:30 am.
However, residents have braved rain to line up as they wait to vote.
At exactly 7.00 am Electoral Commission officials started delivering materials to all polling stations in Moroto Municipality.
People started voting in some polling stations at about 7.20am. At some polling stations, biometric machines failed for almost 20 minutes but were later rectified.
Meanwhile, a joint security force is patrolling the Uganda-Kenya border in Moroto District.
Voting in several parts of Kanungu delayed. In some areas, however, voting has started.
At Kisugu, Namuwongo, polling station, Kampala District, voters are stranded in a long queue since no voting materials have been delivered.
At Kikaaya A-K and Kikaaya N-NAL, ballot boxes have arrived but there are no ballot papers. Meanwhile, polling assistants are just testing biometric machines
Voters stranded at Wabigalo polling station, Makindye Division. By 9:40 am, no voting materials had been delivered at this polling station. Photo by Andrew Bagala.
Dr Ian Clerk, who is contesting for the Makindye East parliamentary seat failed to vote at Muyenga Community Police polling center since voting materials were not yet delivered by 7:00 am. He left without casting a vote. Makindye East incumbent MP John Ssimbwa also failed to vote at KCCA PS Kansanga because of missing voting materials. There were not polling materials at Kisuggu, IUIU, Agip Polling Station, Green Hill PS among other polling stations in Makindye East.
Voters queue at Lukuli Church of Uganda polling Station in Makindye West to vote. However, by 9:30 am, electoral materials had not been delivered here. Photo by Rachel Mabala.
Late arrival of voting materials and erratic bio-metric machines have characterised voting in several districts of West Nile.
Presidential candidate Maureen Kyalya casting her vote at Preparatory Primary School polling station at 9:55am. She says the delay by the EC to deliver electoral materials is unfortunate. PHOTO BY DENIS EDEMA
Ms Maureen Kyalya being cleared by Electoral Commission officials before she could vote. Photo by Denis Edema
Presidential candidate Joseph Mabirizi casts his ballot at Lufuka polling Station, Zzana in Wakiso District. Photo by Stephen Otage
Dr Kizza Besigye votes at Rwakabengo Health Centre III. Photo by Perez Rumanzi
Independent presidential candidate Prof Venansius Baryamureeba casts a vote at St George's Demonstration Primary School Kagongo Polling Station Ibanda District
Kween postpones election of District Woman MP after the Electoral Commission delivered wrong symbols for the independent candidates.
Presidential ballot papers missing in Busiu
MBALE. Voters in Busiu sub-county turned their wrath on the presiding officer after Electoral Commission failed to deliver ballot papers for those of the presidential candidate.
The voters at Busiu town ship A to M polling station put the presiding officer to task to explain.
“We have been waiting for long, since 7am to access ballot papers, only to be given ballot papers without those of the president. What is the problem? What is wrong with Uganda? Who bewitched us that we can’t have free and fair elections?” asked Mr. Stephen Siambi, a voter as Busiu town ship.
He said that although the adjacent polling station [Busiu town ship N to Z] was voting well, up to 12.43 pm they had not started.
When Daily Monitor arrived at the scene, many voters had besieged the presiding officer Mr Ronald Wabomba, and a row erupted that saw police and the presiding officers take off for their dear lives. The Electoral Commission regional registrar Mr Umar Kiyimba described the missing ballot papers as an oversight during the parking time.
“But we are working around the clock to deliver these ballot papers and anytime voting will resume, let them be calm,” said Mr Kiyimba.
In Pallisa a fight broke out at Kobola polling station in Kibuku District after people waited for long to get ballot papers.
Elsewhere in Pallisa District the presiding officers at various polling stations are there were huge lines of people because the officials have not mastered the use of the biometric machine.
In Kapchorwa the voters started voting at about 10am with reports of missing names from the voters register.
In Mbale municipality, there were unconfirmed reports of ballot papers sneaked into Mbale SS and Progressive Secondary School were pre-ticking and staffing was allegedly being done.
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Election of Kyegegwa District Woman MP has been suspended after the ballot papers delivered there had no party symbol for the NRM flag bearer Kiiza Stella.
However, voting for presidential candidates and directly elected MPs continued. The district registrar Margaret Kugonza said it was a printing error and said another date for the election will be communicated.
Reported by Francis Tusiime
Acholi sub-region: Anger, rain and delay characterise polls
Voting across Acholi Sub-region did not start at the stipulated time, 7am. The polling officials Daily Monitor spoke to attribute this to delay in arrival of voting materials. And the situation hasn’t been helped by the early morning down pour (rain) either.
In Gulu, several voters appear stranded as the rain continues to make it difficult for the civil exercise to proceed interrupted.
A case in point is Lacor market polling station in Patuda parish in Layiibi division Gulu Municipality. Here, for the last two hours nothing has been happening despite voters braving the drizzle and the eventual downpour.
Ms Judith Aol, the parish supervisor, told Daily Monitor that the voting materials arrived late (at 7:40am) due to what she termed as limited vehicles to transport the materials.
Mr John Opio, a voter, said he was at the polling station one hour before the stipulated voting time. And he is yet to vote. He said he saw the voting materials arriving around 7:40am.
In Okech Andrew’s Home polling station, Layibi divison, the situation is not any different. Mr Oketch Andrews, a voter said he has been in the queue since 7am but he is yet to vote. In a similar predicament is Ms Teddy Angom, who was been waiting for the arrival of voting material so that she can vote.
Speaking to Daily Monitor, Palema Parish Supervisor in Lamogi Sub-county, Ms Susan Ajok, attributed the delay to lack of enough vehicles.
She said: “The problem is transport. We only have one means of transport. I had to use my own car and fuel (registration number UAF 934).”
The voting materials, among them, ballot boxes, arrived at Keyo A polling station, Palema Parish in Lamogi Sub-county at 7:50am shortly before voting was temporarily halted due to rain.
In Kaladima polling station, (P7), the materials arrived at 8:15 because of limited transport.
Despite all that trouble, at least several voters were at the polling station much earlier than the anticipated voting time. One of the early birds Mr Oryema Obobo, 57 said: “I came here very early so that I can vote and go do other things … but see, I am still here. I am angry and disappointed. The rain wouldn’t have gotten me here.”
His colleague, Mr Yovan Onyayi, couldn’t stand it, and decided to retire without voting, saying he is not sure whether he will return to perform the civil duty in the course of the day.
In Anaka Town Council in Nwoya District, voters at Anaka polling station had to wait for the presiding officer, Mr, Geoffrey Okello Banya, who showed up 40 minutes late. While in Aparanga polling station, voting has continued despite the cold rainy weather.
Voting materials were all received last night and by 5am they were being dispatched to all the polling stations in Pader district. The earliest to start voting were the three polling stations at Mayor Gardens, at around 7:40am.
In Agago, materials are only just being delivered. As we speak, polling stations in Lukole Sub-county, Agago Sub County and Adilang Sub-county, are yet to start voting.
Meanwhile in Kitgum District, complaints about biometric voter’s verification gadgets are emerging. According to the official who didn’t want to be named, the gadget is slowing the process.
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MP Roland Kaginda casts his vote at Rukungiri Primary School. Photo by Edson Kinene
NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni casts his vote at Kaaro High School polling station on Thursday. Photo by Colleb Mugume
Amama Mbabazi casts his vote at Karubeizi Church of Uganda Polling Station in Kanungu District. He said that he will respect the election results in case the process is transparent. PHOTO BY ROBERT MUHEREZA
Wind blows off parliamentary papers in Napak
Napak. Voters in Lorupayo polling station in Lokali village in Lokali parish in Matany sub county in Napak District remain helpless after the wind blew off a box that had ballot papers where the voters had cast the vote for the parliamentary candidates.
According to the eye witnesses the wind seemed to come from nowhere, blowing gusts of soil before blowing off the box with ticked papers in the box. Some of the ballot papers were collected, according to the polling official, but many have not been recovered since they disappeared.
The regional police commander, Mt. Moroto region, Mr Richard Aruk Maruk confirmed the development describing it as a natural disaster.
He said winds in Karamoja are always dangerous during this period, and are as a result of environmental destruction.
“This is a not security threat because this is a natural disaster,” he said.
Meanwhile the whole exercise in the region has been slowed by the biometric machines especially in the areas of Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto and Kaabong.
An armoured vehicle (mamba) deployed at Ntungamo Police Station near Ntungamo All Saints Catholic Parish. Photo by Perez Rumanzi.
Electoral Commission Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu has extended the deadline for voters to turn up at polling stations from 4 pm to 7 pm. He says the extension has been prompted by the electoral body's earlier delay to deliver voting materials at various polling stations across the country.
Candidate urges people at drinking joint to go vote
BY SIMON PETER EMWAMU
The battle for Katakwi Woman MP seat has had candidates pleading with people to go and vote, on the day of polling at drinking joints with intent of wooing undecided voters.
Ms Violet Adome Akurut, NRM flag bearer for Katakwi Woman MP was at midday seen at Ngariam trading centre talking to people taking local brew, ajon, to go and cast their votes.
“Yes they have to spare their little time to go and vote because they are deciding their future,” Ms Akurut told Daily Monitor.
Ms Akurut who made the stopover at Ngariam trading centre said it looks like there was little voter education and sensitisation to the people on the importance of voting.
She said though she is assured of victory, she called on the people to go and vote before the polls close.
The other women in the race for this seat are Hon Jessica Alupo, independent; Cecelia Anyakoit independent; Igela Evelyn, FDC; and Aguti Rose, Independent.
A man blocks a road that leads to Buddo, Wakiso district, to protest the delayed delivery of voting materials. Photo by Joseph Kiggundu
Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire casts his vote at Kashenshero town Council Polling Station. Gen Otafiire is contesting as an independent candidate. The NRM flag bearer for Ruhinda County is Capt. Zadock Kahonda. Photo by Zadock Amanyisa
Presidential candidate Gen Benon Biraro and his wife Joan line to cast their votes at Nyamitsindo III Pooling station in Masha Sub County , Isingiro District.
Dr Abed Bwanika, the PDP candidate casts his vote at Kimwanyi polling station, Masaka District. PHOTO BY BRIAN MUGENYI
Gun shots rock Apac as MP Akora, RISO clash over Besigye
Police fire bullets and tear gas in Tororo
Besigye is standoff with police, taken to his Kasangati home
Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye this evening stormed a house in Naguru which he and his party officials say “have reason to believe is used by the Uganda Police and the military for pre-ticking ballots, manipulating election results, and committing many other electoral offences.”
Provisional results are in for these polling stations:
KISUUNA (N - Z)
TOWN YARD CELL
BWALA PRI. SCH
KISUUNA (A - M)
KIRUMBA HEALTH CENTRE II
ST JOSEPH CHURCH
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Moroto's Amuge trails with 10,991 votes
Preliminary result trickling in after the votes have been tallied at most polling stations in Moroto County indicated last evening that the state minister for northern Uganda, Ms Rebecca Amuge Otengo, was trailing with a total of 10,991 votes.
Electoral Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu arrives at the National Tally Centre.
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Blackout in Nakasongola
In Nakasongola district, power went off and the generator brought to help out failed to work at the district headquarters as the results were about to be announced. Now they are using torch phones.
Commissioner Justine Mugabi kicks off the tallying exercise with a prayer. She asks God to guide those who will lose to embrace the results.
Museveni in early lead
Out of 2810 polling stations, results from 580 polling stations have been received. NRM's Yoweri Museveni is in early lead with 117298 votes, Abedi Bwanika 1723, Amama Mbabazi 2246, Venacius Baryamureba 984, Benon Biraro 627, Kiza Byesigye 59695, Joseph Mabirizi 503, Maureen Kyalya 1141.
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Incumbent MP Alex Ruhunda was leading the provisional results by 8pm
And Sylvia Rwabwoogo was leading Kabarole woman MP.
Gun shots rock Apac as MP Akora, RISO clash over Besigye
Several gun shots on Thursday afternoon rocked Apac Town during a scuffle between Maruzi County MP, Maxwell Akora, and the security operatives commanded by Mr Emmanuel Peace.
Minister Omach in slight lead in partial results in NebbiThe State Minister for Finance, Mr Fred Jachan Omach is in a slight lead from the partial results from the six Sub-counties in Nebbi district according to results that were tallied by 12:30 am from the tallying center.
Minister Omach has been the Member of Parliament from 2001 and was appointed as the Minister of State for Finance in 2006.
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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Salaam Musumba and Abraham Byandala leading in their respective constituencies. Courtesy photo
Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate, Yoweri Museveni, 71, is leading with 63.7 per cent, according to provisional results released on Friday morning by Electoral Commission Chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu.
Journalists take a nap at the tally center as they await the release of the second update of provisional results. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA
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Mabirizi predicts a 53 per cent win
Independent candidate Elton Joseph Mabirizi yesterday cast his presidential vote at Lufuuka play grounds in Bunamwaya, a city suburb, and predicted he will win with 53 percent.
We are encouraging our supporters to remain calm until after the election so that we can see what follows. I know I will win this election by a 53 per cent margin and if I fail, there is plan B and plan C.BY STEPHEN OTAGE
Ms Maureen Waluube Kyalya yesterday cast her ballot at 9.55am after an almost two-hour wait.The biometric voter verification machine could not read her finger print, but the presiding officer Justine Tiko used the hard copy voters’ register to clear her to vote. The hitches notwithstanding, she said she would win the election although would be wiling work with any other winner of the race. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE
Independent candidate Venansius Baryamureeba has said he will win the election and employ ruling party candidate Yoweri Museveni and Independent Amama Mbabazi in his government.
I will make Museveni [my] adviser and Mbabazi will go in the legal department. I don’t want to put Col Besigye in my government; I want him to keep in activism and check what the government is failing to do,” he said.
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People’s Development Party presidential candidate, Dr Abed Bwanika, yesterday predicted that an opposition flag bearer will win the election.
Of course, there must be a winner at the end of the day. I am sure he will come from the Opposition.
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SECOND UPDATE FROM THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION:
Abed Bwanika 22,180 (1.00%)
Amama Mbabazi 41,291 (1.87%)
Baryamureeba Venansius 15,260 (0.69%)
Benon Buta Biraaro 7,228 (0.33%)
Kizza Besigye Kifefe 738,628 (33.47%)
Mabirizi Joseph 6,833 (0.31%)
Maureen Faith Kyalya Waluube 12,742 (0.58%)
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni 1,362,961 (61.75%)
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Provisional results from 39 of the 40 polling stations in the municipality released by Joan Aduru, the Kitgum Registrar show, that Anywar is leading her rivals with a margin of 2,482 votes.Beatrice Anywar, the incumbent Kitgum woman member of parliament is leading her rival, Denis Onekalit Amere in the Kitgum municipality parliamentary race.
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Sanjay Tanna (Tororo municipality incumbent) has lost his seat to Yeri Apollo Ofwono, a seat he has been holding for a decade.
Mr. Ofwono garnered 7149 votes against 7045 votes in a hotly contested race that drew over 9 candidates.
More MP and presidential results here.
Opposition candidates representatives have abandoned their workstations at the Tally Centre in protest of the provisional results. #UgandaDecides
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Mr. Terence Achia the incumbent and the NRM flag bearer for Napak district has retained his seat after gaining 19,268 votes against his rival Mr John Bosco Ngoya the independent who got 12,390 votes, while the District Woman Member of Parliament seat for Napak has been won by Ms Stella Namoe Inyomera the incumbent. She was unopposed and was just waiting to be declared winner.
Amudat district parliamentary flag bears out.
Woman MP candidate for Amudat District, Ms Rose Nawot, also the incumbent and an independent has retained her seat after polling 13,212 votes against her rival Ms Betty Chelain who was the NRM flag bearer. Mr Christopher Akorikomoe wins the parliamentary seat. He polled 14,143 votes, beating the incumbent, Mr Michal Lolem Kathile.
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Former Kampala RCC Kabanda loses in Butambala
In Butambala constituency, Muwanga Kivumbi (DP) has taken the day with 22,223 votes, 55.2 of the valid votes cast. NRM's Aisha Kabanda was floored by Lydia Mirembe in the contest for Butambala District Woman MP. Ms Mirembe (Independent) gathered 14,760, votes while Ms Kabanda earned 14,693 votes.The incumbent, Ms Mariam Nalubega (Ind) scored 381 votes.
The Incumbent MP for Kabale Municipality Mr Andrew Baryayanga (Independent) was declared the winner after getting 6464 votes defeating his close rival Dr Francis Runumi (NRM flag bearer) who got 4364 votes. Others in the race were Isaac Katurebe Rukandema (Independent)1056 votes; Dr Nicolas Kamara (Independent) 3020 votes; Prof Augustus Nuwagaba (Independent) 1502 votes; Mr James Magabo (FDC) 623 votes; Geoffrey Nzaana (Independent) 80 votes; Justus Bagamuhunda (Independent) 468 votes.
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Presidential declaration forms got lost in Nakapiripirit
By Steven Ariong
Nakapiripirit- Results for the presidential and parliamentary candidates for Nakapiripirit District have been suspended by the district electoral commission after the declaration forms for the results of presidential candidate got lost at one of the polling stations.
According to the Nakapiripirit District returning officer, Mr Simon Peter Mode, the declaration forms for all the presidential candidates have got lost in Lomoye polling station in Lorukumo parish in Lolachat sub county. He said presidential and parliamentary results will not be announced until the lost declaration forms are found, adding that team of supervisors have been dispatched to look for the form.
"Until we get that declaration form that when we shall announce the results," he said.
Former youth MP Karuhanga wins in Ntungamo
Ntungamo Municipality MP seat has been won by Gerald Karuhanga who contested as an inpendent. He got 3,284 beating NRM's Yona Musinguzi Bikwatsizehi who garnered 2,375 votes while Mr Bosco Tumwesigye (UFA) emerged third with 151 votes.
Minister Nantaba trounces NRM candidate
Mr John Bosco Lubyayi Sseguya has won the Mawokota South Parliamentary seat with 19,874 votes. He beat the incumbent Kenneth Kiyingi Bbosa who has got 14,699 votes , followed by FDC's Fred Kagiri who garnered 711 votes. Mr Samuel Walter Lubega Mukaaku, who contested as a presidential candidate in 2011 got 288. Democratic Party’s Vicent Mayanja got 230 votes.
Residents of Wakiso and Kampala districts who did not vote yesterday do to Electoral Commission's failure to deliver voting materials, have been allowed to vote today at selected voting stations. Photo by Michael Kakumirizi.
Ms Hanifa Kawooya has retained the Sembabule District Woman MP after beating her perennial rival Joy Kabatsi. Theodore Ssekikubo also retained his Lwemiyaga parliamentary seat. In Kalungu East, Agriculture State Minister bounced back after defeating Umar Lule Mawiya. Democratic Party's Joseph Ssewungu fought off competition to retain his Kalungu West seat.
Riot police engage FDC supporters in running battles on Entebbe Road
Dr Kizza Besigye, Gen Mugisha Muntu the FDC party president and party chairman Wasswa Biriggwa as well as Ingrid Turinawe, a party activist have been picked from a meeting at the party headquarters by police.
Housing State Minister Sam Engola has lost the Erute South Parliamentary seat to UPC's Jonathan Odur. In Bulambuli District, Energy Minister lost her seat as district woman MP.
An armoured vehicle patrols Katwe, near Kampala, hours after leaders of Forum for Democratic Change leaders were arrested.
Education minister Jessica Alupo loses in Katakwi as Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu trails in Bukooli Central
A joint force of police and the UPDF has been deployed in parts of Kampala to prevent rioters.
Capt. Donozio Kahonda has been declared winner of Ruhinda County MP seat after beating Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire
Karamoja Affairs minister Nekesa defeated in Busia
The 31-year-old State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Barbara Nekesa has lost the Busia District Woman MP seat to Jane Nabulindo Kwoba. Nabulinde walked away with 45,970 votes, stamping a decent margin from the Minister who garnered 37,896 votes. Third-placed Irene Nekesa Nina managed 11,444 votes. The incumbent, Nekesa served only one term in Parliament. She had enjoyed a quick rise through the ranks, being appointed to Cabinet in her first term, aged 27, much to the pride of her constituents.
The current winner Nabulindo has got what some believe is a sympathy vote since this was the third time she was vying for the same office having failed on the first two occasions.
Ms Jane Nabulindo (below) who defeated Minister Nekesa in Busia
Minister Rwamirama bounces back
ISINGIRO- The state minister for Animal Industry Rtd Lt. Col Bright Rwamirama has retained Isingiro North constituency MP seat. Col. Rwamirama who has been area MP since 2001 polled 22,729 votes while his traditional rival Dr Ponsiano Mugyenyi got 17,675 votes. Mr Anthony Rutahweire of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) came third with 1,628 votes. The district registrar Mr Davis Mukundane declared Col. Rwamirama at around 4.30 pm on Friday. There are 60,358 registered voters.
“I am not the one who has won, it is President Museveni because the development in Isingiro has mainly been because of his effort,” Col. Rwamirama said after he was declared winner.
Results for Luweero district have been postponed due to breakdown of the system. Officials are working to fix it by tomorrow.
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Provisional results 6
Total polling stations: 28,010
Polling stations received: 14,708
Bwanika: 51,150 (0.99%)
Mbabazi: 88,900 (1.73%)
Baryamureeba: 33,135 (0.64%)
Biraaro: 15,588 (0.30%)
Besigye: 1,767,041 (34.30%)
Mabirizi: 14,757 (0.29%)
Kyalya: 24,536 (0.48%)
Museveni: 3,156,070 (61.27%)
Valid votes: 5,151,177
Invalid votes: 264,518 - 4.88% of total votes cast
Total votes: 5,415,695 - 35.45% of registered voters
Spoilt votes: 15,269
Nantaba wins with 99 per cent
Lands state minister Idah Nantaba has retained the Kayunga District Woman MP seat after trouncing her rival, Ms Juliet Nalunga (NRM), with 99 per cent of the vote. Ms Nantaba, who contested as an independent candidate, was declared winner by the district returning officer, Ms Ruth Nakacwa, after she polled 86,057 votes against Ms Nalunga’s 13,184 votes. “I was sure of winning this seat by a big margin. I am now going to concentrate on fighting poverty among my voters,” the minister said. Ms Nantaba quit the NRM primaries and contested as an Independent candidate, saying there was a plan to rig her votes by Mr Moses Karangwa, the district NRM chairman. Mr Karangwa denied the allegations.
PROVISIONAL RESULTS NO. 7:
Total polling stations: 28,010
Bwanika: 54,704 (1.0%)
Mbabazi: 91,980 (1.7%)
Baryamureeba: 34,627 (0.6%)
Biraaro: 16,338 (0.3%)
Besigye: 1,932,323 (34.8%)
Mabirizi: 15,498 (0.3%)
Kyalya: 25,631 (0.5%)
Museveni: 3,373,998 (60.8%)
Valid votes: 5,545,099
Invalid votes: 280,515
Total votes: 5,825,614
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Drama ensued when the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr Jacob Oulanyah was on Friday evening declared winner for Omoro Constituency MP, by the Electoral Commission Returning Officer, Benson Obete without details of vote’s statistics. #UgandaDecides
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Baryayanga retains Kabale Municipality MP seat
The Incumbent MP for Kabale Municipality, Mr Andrew Baryayanga has retained his seat after defeating the NRM candidate, Dr Francis Runumi. Mr Baryayanga got 6,464 votes while Dr Runumi garnered 4,364 votes. Also in the race were Isaac Katurebe Rukandema, who got 1,056 votes, Dr Nicolas Kamara, who scored 3,020 votes and Prof Augustus Nuwagaba who got 1,502 votes. Others were FDC’s James Magabo who got 623 votes, Mr Geoffrey Nzaana 80 votes and Mr Justus Bagamuhunda 468 votes. Mr Baryayanga told journalists that his victory was the people’s success and he promised to beautify the municipality by putting up street lights and improving on the hygiene and creating jobs for the youth.
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Gen Wamala: "We knew there were plans to make the country difficult to govern through riots and violence that’s why we have come out as UPDF to buttress with police to ensure security” Full story: http://bit.ly/213Ozt5
Riots broke out in different parts of the city prompting security personnel to swing into action.
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Muhammad Nsereko declared winner Kampala central having polled 24,692 votes compared to Minsa Kabanda's 11,840 votes. #UgandaDecidesPhoto: Uganda Radio Network
The conversation between candidate Yoweri Museveni and the US Secretary of State John Kerry happened before police yesterday detained Dr Besigye, together with FDC president Maj Gen (Rtd) Muntu Mugisha and the party’s national mobiliser Ingrid Turinawe, whom the Force accused of allegedly scheming to “illegally” announce “purported final results of the presidential elections”
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Electoral Commission chairman Badru Kiggundu shares a light moment with the Daily Monitor team at the Tally Centre before the release of set 8 of the provisional results. #UgandaDecides
PROVISIONAL RESULTS NO. 8:
Total polling stations: 28,010
Bwanika: 70,708 (0.9%)
Mbabazi: 112,071 (1.5%)
Baryamureeba: 42,931 (0.6%)
Biraaro: 20,553 (0.3%)
Besigye: 2,603,880 (34.9%)
Mabirizi: 19,661 (0.3%)
Kyalya: 32,773 (0.4%)
Museveni: 4,549,148 (61.0%)
Valid votes: 7451725
Invalid votes: 371012
Total votes: 7822737
The opposition Democratic Party has registered victory in several constituencies in Masaka District.
However, the party's secretary general General Mathias Nsubuga lost to NRM’s Muhammad Mbabaali. Vice President Edwards Ssekandi retained his seat in Bukoto Central
Information Minister Jim Muhwezi has lost the political grip on Bujumbura County in Rukungiri District. He lost r Fred Turyamuhweza of the Forum for Democratic Change.
Forum for Democratic Change have rejected the outcome of the 2016 general elections.
Police camp at the home of Dr Kizza Besigye in Kasangati
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago being blocked by police from accessing the home of Dr Kizza Besigye
Former vice president Gilbert Bukenya has lost in Busiro North. He contested as an independent candidate after losing in the NRM primaries last year.
President Yoweri Museveni has met former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Rupia Banda of Zambia at his country home in Rwakitura.
The two former heads of state are part of a panel of International Observers led by the Head of the EAC team and former Tanzania President, Mr Ali Hassan Mwinyi who are in Uganda to monitor the Uganda elections.
Just as the two leaders arrived for the meeting, the Electoral Commission announced the Presidential results at exactly 4pm sending neighbouring villages into celebrations. The President paused to inform his guests that the celebrations were a result of the announcement by the EC of election results.
Mr Obasanjo, Mr Museveni (M) and Mr Banda
MBEYA ACCIDENT: Two people dead, 10 injured early today when a Ndenjela Bus crashed a Hiace at Uyole area, a Nursing Officer at Mbeya Referral Hosp. confirms.