DP Leaders Seek Removal of Kyotera District Returning Officer



Democratic Party has petitioned the Electoral Commission to withdraw Daniel Baguma from overseeing elections in the newly created Kyotera district.

Their petition is based on a ruling by High Court Judge Lawrence Gidudu in which Baguma was declared incompetent for messing up elections in Rakai district where he served as Returning Officer in the 2016 elections. Elections from four of the five constituencies in the district were nullified.

In one of the cases, Robinah Ssentongo, the defeated candidate in the Rakai district parliamentary race, petitioned Court seeking to nullify the election of Juliet Suubi Kinyamatama on ground that she connived with electoral officials to falsify declaration forms which gave her undeserved victory. Court also found sufficient grounds to cancel results in Kakuuto, Buyamba and Kooki Counties.

Justice Gidudu, who presided over the hearing of the election petitions, confirmed that Daniel Baguma, the Rakai District Returning and his team of election officers connived with police and the army to rig elections for members of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party. He labeled him a fraudster who did not deserve to hold office.

But the Electoral Commission recently transferred Baguma from Rakai to the new Kyotera district.

However, Democratic Party members led by Masaka Woman MP Mary Babirye Kabanda, Whip Joseph Ssewungu and Masaka municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga are challenging Baguma's deployment in Kyotera.

The MPs were unveiling the Democratic Party candidates for the seats in the district ahead of elections scheduled for August 29. The party unveiled Dr Tom Darlington Balojja, as DP Candidate for Kyotera LCV seat and Robinah Ssentongo as DP candidate for the Woman MP seat.

The candidates equally observed that Baguma lacks competence to manage another election after being banned by high Court judge. Robinah Ssentongo pins Baguma for snatching victory from her camps during the 2016 general elections.

Dr Tom Darlington Balojja, the candidate for the LCV seat says Baguma does not have credibility to organize a credible election.

However, the sitting DP legislators said they have formed a strong team to campaign and protect votes against any form of rigging.

But Daniel Baguma, the embattled Returning Officer described the ruling as unfair.


NEMA Stalls Establishment of Garbage Recycling Plant



Masaka municipality has failed to secure approval from the National Environment Management Authority to establish the much needed garbage recycling plant.

In 2012, Masaka municipality bought 10 acres of land in Bulando village in Buwunga Sub County at the tune of Shillings 120 million to set up a recycling plant to address poor waste management.

However, NEMA stopped the municipality from utilising the landing pending the environment impact assessment exercise. Five year later, NEMA hasn't approved the environmental Impact assessment report, which has stalled the project.

The delayed establishment of the recycling plant has frustrated waste management in the municipality. The municipality has been spending Shillings 2million annually on hiring a private piece of land near the UBC Mast at Bwala for dumping waste until the owner only identified as Godi stopped it.

Godi is constructing apartments at the site. Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka Municipality, says the delayed approval from NEMA has frustrated their garbage collection efforts.

Naomi Karekaho, the NEMA Spokesperson promised to consult before she can comment on the matter. PRIME RADIO visited Bulando, the proposed site for the recycling plant and found it overgrown with bushes. A maize garden sits on part of the land.

Currently, several streets in the municipality are littered with garbage following the breakdown of garbage collection trucks. The most affected streets include Drake corridor, Buddu Street and Byansi among others.



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