SERERE COUNTY BYE ELECTION
On Friday, 10th February 2023, last week, the FDC flag bearer Mr. Eratu Emmanuel was dully nominated as a candidate by the Serere District Electoral Commission.
After the nomination, the candidate made a series of road stop over campaigns at Serere upper shops, Kateta, Ochapa Town Council, Kyere Town Council and a well-attended magnanimous final rally at Achilo grounds that concluded the day’s activities.
As usual, police interfered with our processions to the nomination ground, with an aim of disorganizing the FDC nomination process, but our foot soldiers managed the process very well and security was over whelmed. After the nominations, the same security interfered with FDC candidates’ procession to the rally grounds of Achilo, but FDC foot soldiers were up to task to make a statement. Police intentions were well dealt with by the defiant people of Serere who said no to the partisan acts of men and women in uniform
We call upon all our supporters and the people of Serere County to not be shaken by any intimidation because the FDC party will deliver a people’s protracted victory. Our teams under the able stewardship of FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi are on ground mobilizing the people against the Junta and we are sure in a free fair and credible election, victory is on our side come 23rd February 2023.
NO RENEWAL OF UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE TENURE
February, 3, 2023, government said it will not be renewing the host country agreement signed with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda. The ministry of Foreign Affairs cited several unusual reasons for the termination of the agreement among which
-The country is at relative peace from corner to corner.
-Strong National Human Right institutions and a Vibrant Civil Society which are capable of monitoring the promotion and protection of Human Rights.
The FDC, strongly informs the public not to take all these utterances seriously because the government has a number of institutions in place but it lacks the political will to execute the mandate given to them.
It’s on record that the Uganda Human Rights bodies are Mr. Museveni’s hand bag and never produce any meaningful report. Mr. Museveni over steps the mandate of these institutions which have over time failed to offer remedies on the Gross Human Rights abuse all over the country. Now the worthy recognizing and functional institution under the United Nation is becoming a big problem to Mr. Museveni who fears for always being on the spot for over stepping his mandate as a leader
It should be noted with high concern, in the presence of all those institutions, Ugandans are ambushed by armed thugs, bundled into numberless vans, tortured, held incommunicado for months and years, while several others killed in detention and unsanctioned shootings
And it is no coincidence that journalists were beaten to pulp in front of the UN Human Rights Office by security forces is evidence enough that this NRM regime has no respect for the human rights whatsoever.
On this note, we ask all Ugandans to stand up and fight for their own rights because this government does not care about them.
SUMMARY OF AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT
FDC has keenly summarized the Auditor General’s report for the financial year 2021/2022 by addressing the queries as follows;
Government should take an inner look to its priorities each financial year to curb on its insatiable appetite of supplementary budgets that cannot be fully funded .Putting a question of “why did the government request for supplementary budget of the fiscal year under review of 6.783 Trillion yet it had underutilized the existing funds as allocated in the national budget?”
Parliament approved Shs44.779 Trillion for the year 2021/22 but the budget rose to Shs51.562 Trillion after supplementary requests amounting to Shs6.783 Trillion by the end of the financial year. However, to the Auditor General’s consternation, after the revised budget rose up to Shs51.562 Trillion, the Ministry of Finance disbursed Shs48.854 Trillion of which Shs44.421 Trillion was utilized which was Shs358b less the originally approved budget.
Any sober minded economist would have known that this supplementary budget was unwarranted and unattainable in the fiscal year under review because it was thorough to the public financial management principles and these funds usually leave the other organs of the government underfunded, thus rendering service delivery inept.
No wonder, the rot in Government entities and several conduits through which tax payer’s money is lost to corruption, ghost staff, and diversion. Our focus is on how Parliament has taken this repot discussion as a trend and means of showbiz. Every MP wishes to stand and be marked present on such topics with no clear guidance and way forward. For example, the current NSSF saga, is receiving over whelming feedback from members of Parliament but you hardly see solutions on table.
As FDC, we are demanding a different approach from the Auditor General, not only to bring reports for receiving and reading, but we wand biting solutions to the offices that cause losses to Ugandans.
FDC sends in its sympathies to the Ugandans who this morning woke up to shock and pain of loss of property, money and many other valuables to fire in kakajo zone, kisenyi business area. These fires must not be taken for a joke, it is no record that we had continuous fires in Park Yard, and when the market was removed, no fire has ever been seen. Now these fires in kisenyi business area raise questions of who is the interested party in the area
I want to conclude this presser this morning by quoting Albert Einstein “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” food for thought to our leaders in the NRM.
Blessed week ahead, One Uganda One People