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Kadaga summons Attorney General over election ballots deal, EC sackings

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed that the attorney general together with the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs explain the controversies surrounding the procurement of ballot papers and the reported dismissal of senior staff at the Electoral Commission. 

The directive followed concerns by Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda over the failure by the attorney general William Byaruhanga or the Justice minister Ephraim Kamuntu to respond to earlier queries about the procurement process for the printing of ballot paper ahead of the 2021 general election. 

According to Ssemujju, the Electoral Commission completed the bidding process and submitted papers to the attorney general for advice. However, the process was stopped after EC officials kicked out a German company, Veridos Identity Solutions.

The MPs complaint comes after media reports that eight EC senior officials had been fired amid an on-going investigation in regard to the procurement process.  

"And I need to inform parliament that one of the candidates at the presidential level had taken away that responsibility from the Electoral Commission and contracted a Germany company, Veridos to print these ballot papers…Today [Wednesday' we read in the newspapers that various officials of the Electoral Commission have been interdicted for cancelling this deal by one of them the candidates actually sole candidate and the German company called Veridos, they are one to print these ballot papers," said Ssemujju. 

The reports indicated that the persons who were fired include the EC secretary Sam Rwakoojo, the director finance and administration Joseph Lwanga, head of procurement Godfrey Wanyoto, EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa, the director of information technology Pontius Namugera, networks administrator Jordan Lubega, data specialists Charles Musuza and Edgar Kasigwa. 

It is alleged that the Electoral Commission officials rejected a ballot paper printing bid from Veridos which earlier in 2016 signed a joint venture with Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) to print money and other security printing deals.

 
The electoral body officials reportedly declined to award the company the ballot paper printing deal for the 2021 polls, since it is the same company entrusted with the transmission of poll results. 

Now Kadaga has directed that the matter should be placed on the order paper so that the Byaruhanga or Kamuntu provides an explanation to parliament. 

Comments

+4 #1 magezi moses 2020-07-23 12:22
that is uganda
when we tell you that the election is just to legetimise
museveni s rule
you say we are mad
defiancy is the only way
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+4 #2 sn 2020-07-23 21:37
Why should a candidate be allowed to determine who prints ballots?

Is that not corruption? And what is relation between the candidate and proposed company owners? If corruption yes, candidate should be fired.
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0 #3 kabayekka 2020-07-24 07:46
What of the rot of African Gerrymandering that co continously goes on now 30 years?
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0 #4 kabayekka 2020-07-24 08:07
With such electrol officials that have served well and long the interests of NRM, such election crimes should be forgiven surely!
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+2 #5 Lakwena 2020-07-24 08:14
If the Rwakojo and Taremwa of this country were indeed sucked, it serves them right. Mr. M7 said he has no friends, and whoever has no friends has only enemies; hence his language and obsession with fighting and crashing.

But these equally dishonest folks were aiding and abetting the election rigging of Uganda's No.1 enemy.

Each time Mr. M7 masterminds the rigging of every election, I suppose the skulls and skeletons in the mass graves and bushes of Luweero and Northern Uganda turn and rattle.

In other words, if it were not because of Mr. M7 and his organized murder, in the name of a rigged election in Dec 1980 especially in Luweero, many of them would still be alive.

Like many of us who survived this organized murder, many would still be alive; walking the panya roads of Luweero and Northern Uganda, and attending to their gardens, animals and family.
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+2 #6 Karemire 2020-07-25 19:25
Quoting Lakwena:
If the Rwakojo and Taremwa of this country were indeed sucked, it serves them right. Mr. M7 said he has no friends, and whoever has no friends has only enemies; hence his language and obsession with fighting and crashing.

But these equally dishonest folks were aiding and abetting the election rigging of Uganda's No.1 enemy.

Each time Mr. M7 masterminds the rigging of every election, I suppose the skulls and skeletons in the mass graves and bushes of Luweero and Northern Uganda turn and rattle......`


You have stated the case for the skeletons very well.

Although you stopped short of stating what the skeletons are demanding, it is implicit enough that debts in skeleton shall be repaid in skeletons at appropriate compound interest rate [i.e. %/year/year] that has yet to be determined.
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+1 #7 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-07-26 11:04
Apart from summoning the attorney general to answer silly and empty questions in parliament, what next? Simply window-dressing and waste of time.

Tackle the real corrupt rogues behind this scam and let us see heads rolling.
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