The Electoral Commission released a revised roadmap for the 2020/21 general elections where it stated that “mass rallies will not be allowed but campaigns will be conducted mainly through media.” Many people are wondering how a restriction on one aspect of the campaigns i.e. mass rallies, can reduce the whole election into a “scientific election”? The reality is that it is the rallies which have the pull and push power of the campaigns and the campaigns are the gravitas of the electoral process.
While responding to the reading of Uganda’s 2020/2021 national budget on the 11/6/2020, President Museveni revealed that some of the 697 people tested recently, had been erroneously classified as having tested positive for COVID19 whereas they were negative. I don’t know why the President was surprised by this phenomenon of false positives (read fake positive results) and false negatives (read fake negative results). Those two concepts have graced the cover story the COVID19 pandemic since January, 2020.
All interventions to fight the spread the COVID19 must have a legal framework to support them before they can have a basis. The World Health Organization which strives to attain the highest levels of health for the people of the world and which declared COVID19 a global health pandemic, owes its creation and mandate to a legal instrument in the name of a United Nations Declaration passed in 1945.
The Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) has 3 months to vacate its offices at Buganda Road Court and the Supreme Court or face eviction. This is the directive issued ironically by the Secretary to the Judiciary Mr. Pius Bigirimana according to a story published by the Monitor Newspaper of 20th February, 2020 at page 3 under the title “Judicial Association told to vacate office”.
There is a thin line between order and chaos. This thin line can be seen under the Public Management Act 2013 (POMA) if you have ever witnessed the Uganda Police do battle with activists and protesters who are accused of holding illegal meetings, demonstrations or processions. Since the last general elections of 2016, several disruptive political demonstrations and riots have graced our political scene.
Nothing quite detracts an apparel giant like Nike than the sight of a rising basketball star touted by many as a potential NBA No.1 draft pick, going down because his Nike P.G. 2.5 sneakers which costs about $110 had disintegrated causing him to collapse in a heap and injuring his knee in the process. College basketball sensation Zion Williamson tore his sneakers in a game between (his) Duke University team and North Carolina before going to ground.
The judiciary of Uganda just like other public sectors is dogged by many challenges. From low pay, low morale, understaffing, case backlog to suffering the indignity of renting significant office space from Court users. This list makes for a depressing read but to its credit, the judiciary has soldiered on. The situation may just have been made worse by the unmasking of judicial immunity which judicial officers have been enjoying as a matter of course in the discharge of their judicial duties.
Just when Angelo was penning his response to my article on fakes and kidnaps where he tried to discount the menace of counterfeits, the Government of Uganda was declaring 3 days of mourning due to a nasty road carnage caused by fake brakes that left 22 dead in Kiryandongo District. I say fake brakes because I watched with dismay on TV when one of the lucky survivors lying in pain on a hospital bed narrated that the driver of the bus had tried to stop the bus but the brakes failed.
According to the Global Kidnap index of 2014, Uganda averaged 0.6 kidnaps per 100,000 people. This is just lower than Burundi but is far lower that the kidnap rates in Belgium, Canada, UK and France which stand at between 3.5-10.0 per 100,000 people. Each Country has unique factors that account for the incidence of kidnaps. There is a lot of talk of poverty and unemployment being the cause of the recent spate of kidnaps in Uganda.