Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
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My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

MAKERERE LAW SOCIETY ELECTORAL PETITION

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA


AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF LAW


TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF GOVERNMENT,

MAKERERE LAW SOCIETY,

P.O BOX 7062, KAMPALA UGANDA


RE: ELECTORAL PETITION AGAINST THE CONDUCT AND RESULTS OF THE POST OF   ORGANIZING SECRETARY HELD ON FRIDAY, 16TH APRIL, 2010


[Under Art. 20 (9) of the Constitution of Makerere Law Society]


The humble petition of BAKAMPA BRIAN BARYAGUMA c/o Makerere University, Faculty of Law, P.O Box 7062, Kampala (U), e-mail: bsaint3@gmail.com shows:-


1.That your petitioner is a full member of the Makerere Law Society, was a candidate for the above mentioned post and has an interest in the matters following which are a total violation of The Constitution of the Makerere Law Society as amended 2005.


2. That the election of Organizing Secretary was conducted in a manner contrary to and inconsistent with the provisions and spirit of our Constitution particularly Art. 18 and paragraph (i) of the third schedule of the same Constitution.

Art. 18 (a) enjoins the electoral commission To ensure that regular, free and fair elections are held and under para. (d) it states that To realize the above functions, the electoral commission shall organize elections in accordance with schedule three of the constitution.(emphasis added)

The schedule states that;


ELECTIONS.


The chairperson electoral commission shall ensure that,


i. The names of the candidates are arranged in alphabetical order,


……………………… (emphasis added)


It is the humble submission of your petitioner that these provisions are very clear and unambiguous. This notwithstanding, they were intentionally ignored by the electoral commission to my detriment. The name of my opponent appeared first on the ballot paper instead of mine. Whichever way it could have been put (whether Kenneth Mwebembezi or Mwebembezi Kenneth), there was no possibility of his name appearing first before mine did.

I must point out from the start that of all the five contested posts, to the best of my knowledge, it was only Organizing Secretary that wasn’t in compliance with constitutional standards and this was by design. The Chairperson, Ms Tibugwisa Damalie, willfully chose to violate our Constitution.


3. That this was maliciously done and was meant to technically and tactfully rig me out of the race in favour of my opponent. Technical and tactful in the sense that the commission unfairly afforded my opponent the benefit of the support of very many undecided voters hence allowing him to reap a windfall. It is common knowledge that such people more often than not tick the first person who appears on the ballot paper. In essence, the Electoral Commission made it a point to strictly limit me to only people who either knew me by my full names, photo appearance or both. This is high level rigging!


Your petitioner asserts that the use of the word SHALL by the framers of the Constitution in both provisions quoted above places upon the commission a mandatory duty to do what is therein instructed and any deviation therefrom is highly unconstitutional and therefore untenable. The Honourable Chairperson and her commission absconded this cardinal duty and this contravenes Art. 2 of the MLS Constitution which renders it null and void for inconsistency.


The purpose of including paragraph (i) in the third schedule is not difficult to decipher––it was meant to prevent instances of candidates buying and the electoral commission selling strategic slots on ballot papers. This noble purpose is now being defeated by the electoral commission together with Mr. Mwebembezi Kenneth. This is an abuse of the sanctity of our Constitution and it cannot and should not be allowed to stand.


Further, your petitioner asserts that the listing of candidates’ names in alphabetical order is not only a matter of law but also a notorious civilized practice in virtually all democratic societies all over the world.


4. That some members of the electoral commission were in fact biased against me as a person and this was evidenced by the celebration of the Vice Chairperson Mr. Mujurizi Jamil upon declaration of my opponent as winner and the non-disclosure of such an obscure but fundamental error to polling agents and candidates before commencement of the voting exercise. The Honourable Vice Chairperson’s conduct was disgraceful and contravenes Art. 17 of the MLS Constitution.


5. Whereof it is prayed that you exercise your constitutional powers of appointing an independent tribunal to hear and determine the merits of this petition as enshrined in Art. 20 (9) of the MLS Constitution, with the view to;


(a) Declare the election and declaration of Mr. Kenneth Mwebembezi as Organizing Secretary as null and void.

(b) Declare the post of Organizing Secretary vacant.

(c) Order a fresh election that conforms to constitutional standards and civilized practice.

(d) In the interest of justice, order;

(i) the removal of Ms Tibugwisa Damalie as commission Chairperson for willful negligence.

(ii) the removal of Mr. Mujulizi Jamil as commission Vice Chairperson for gross misconduct.

(e) Make any other orders that it feels appropriate in accordance with Art. 7 of the Constitution.



DATED at Makerere University this 19th day of April, 2010.





……………………………………………………………

Petitioner



c.c 1. Deputy Inspector General of Government

2. Mr. Kenneth Mwebembezi

3. Chairperson, Electoral Commission

4. Dean

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