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The East African : Dec 22nd 2014
The EastAfrican NEWS DECEMBER 20-26,2014 RUN-UP TO 2016 New NRM secretary-general will need to carry out five key tasks He o≥ she will have to consolidate the pa≥ty ove≥ the long haul By GAAKI KIGAMBO Special Correspondent new secretary-general for his National Resistance Movement party in January 2015. Whomever he picks will P have to hit the ground running to heal any fallout from the ouster of Amama Mbabazi, and to reinvigorate the party’s base ahead of the campaigns for the 2016 general elections, which begin in September 2015. The incoming secretary- general has five tasks to accomplish in about seven months. First, they will have to reorganise the database containing the leadership of the party so that it is credible and reliable enough for the conference to elect a flag bearer in the presidential elections, said the party spokesperson Ofwono Opondo. She or he will also have to work with the party’s electoral commission to draw up a roadmap for all the elections within and outside the party; draw up budgets, source for and raise money for the party; work on the party’s campaign platform; and set up a system for identifying party candidates for elections at all levels. Proving critics wrong Beyond these mostly im- mediate challenges, everyone in support of the changes will be hoping that this experiment works in consolidating the party over the long haul — especially as some critics read sinister motives in the move. Party insiders insist the change from an elected secretary-general to an appointed one is aimed at removing competing centres of power. It will ensure the secretarygeneral pays full attention to the party’s work so that it is more efficient. Yet critics see the changes as serving no other purpose beyond concentrating more power in President Museveni’s hands and extending his grip on the party and the country. For a long time, Mr Mbaba- zi had been viewed as the last party member to potentially succeed President Museveni. His ouster, some analysts say, is likely to weaken the NRM further since it will frighten potential dissenters into silence. It, however, will not do away with subterranean grievances surrounding the party such as lack of robust internal debate. “As the veterans such as Mr Mbabazi are ejected, and others age and leave the party, it will be left as an empty shell, with the likes of Evelyn Anite, Frank Tumwebaze, Ronald Kibuule and others like them who won’t know how to run a party,” said a political analyst. Ms Anite, an MP; Mr Tumwebaze, an MP and Minister in Charge of the Presidency; Mr Kibuule, an MP and State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, are part of the so-called NRM Young SPECULATION YOUNG TURKS: Some Young Turks like Richard Todwong, currently acting as deputy secretarygeneral, have featured in speculation over whom President Museveni will replace Mr Mbabazi with. RING-FENCE: There is also a proposal to ring-fence the two deputy positions for a woman and a young person to reflect the country’s demographics, where women and youth comprise the majority of the population. Turks who, in February, started the relentless campaign against Mr Mbabazi. Some Young Turks like Richard Todwong, currently acting as deputy secretarygeneral, have featured in speculation over whom President Museveni will replace Mr Mbabazi with. This follows a recommendation by the party’s central executive committee that the incoming secretary-general should be someone below 45 years. There is also a proposal to ring-fence the two deputy positions for a woman and a young person to reflect the country’s demographics, where women and youth comprise the majority of the population. But according to Mr Ofwo- no, the party spokesperson, while the party is keen to see a younger generation emerge at the top of its leadership, the person fit for the docket will be one who has excellent and demonstrable organisational and managerial skills. “The secretary-general’s main duty will be to set up the secretariat and mobilise our 60,000 branches within the country,” said Kirunda Kivejinja, the chairperson of the NRM’s historical leaders’ forum. On December 15, President Museveni persuaded NRM leaders to amend the party’s constitution so that he could appoint the secretary-general and the treasurer. Until now these positions were elective. The amendments were approved by some 10,000 delegates. NRM national executive committee members in a meeting at State House. Picture: File resident Yoweri Museveni is expected to choose a UN a≥ms t≥ade pact to be enfo≥ced Dec 24 By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent THE UNITED Nations Arms Trade Treaty is scheduled to come into force on December 24, having been signed and ratified by the requisite 50 plus states. Fifty-four states have signed and ratified the Treaty and deposited the instruments of ratification with the United Nations SecretaryGeneral as required by the UN Treaty, while 122 states have only signed it. None of the EAC states has ratified the Treaty. According to Augusta Gichane, a consultant at the Regional Centre on Small Arms, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania have signed the Treaty. “Uganda and Kenya are yet to sign and ratify the Treaty. Kenya is globally acknowledged for having played a pivotal role in the adoption of the Treaty,” said Ms Gichane. Kenya was among the original co-authors of the Treaty. Its engagement in the Treaty negotiations was spearheaded by a strong inter-ministerial delegation that moved the motion to have the text of the Treaty adopted. The Treaty provides that states parties are obliged to block arms exports if they contravene their international obligations or are to be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, attacks directed against civilian objects or civilians protected as such, or other war crimes as defined by international agreements. According to Ms Gichane, the Treaty will contribute to the general reduction in the number of arms that are lost yearly from legal stockpiles and legal possession. This mainly occurs because of poor storage facilities, inefficient record keeping and maintenance as well as corruption. “It is estimated that one million of the seven million firearms manufactured annually are lost or stolen, which is a significant number of weapons to enter the illegal and conflict markets,” she said. Once the Treaty comes into force on December 24, states that will not have signed and ratified it will have to accede to the Treaty and wait for the mandatory 90 days prior to becoming state parties to it. 5 ANNOUNCEMENT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF SOLAR LIGHTING IN GAROWE, PUNTLAND, SOMALIA. The Somalia Stability Fund (SSF) is a multi-donor fund supporting peace and stability in Somalia. SSF has set aside funds to cover eligible payment under a contract for the Supply and Installation of Solar Street Lighting at Various (7) Locations in Garowe, Puntland. SSF invites proposals (“Bids”) from eligible and qualified entities or persons (“Bidders”) to provide the Work referenced above, which is being offered as a lump-sum fixed price contract. Bidding will be conducted using Competitive Bidding and is open to all Bidders eligible that meet the following minimum qualification criteria – have performed similar supply and installation work with minimum contract value of $100,000 within the last 3 years General details relating to the project are highlighted below: • • Location: Garowe, Puntland, Somalia. • • Description of work: Supply and Install 248 Solar powered street lights across seven separate locations within Garowe. Type of Award: Firm Fixed Price. Bid Closing Date: 9 January, 2015 1200 Hours (EAT) If you wish to obtain the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents in order to bid for this work, please send request to email@example.com . SSF will provide details for payment of USD 50 to acquire the documents and on confirmation of payment will dispatch RFP to nominated email address.
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