Rugunda says gov’t avoiding election violence  


PM Rugunda shaking hands with the personal representative of the German Chancellor for Africa, His Excellence Gunther Nooke

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said government will use every opportunity available that contributes to a free and fair election, to deliver a credible election to the people of Uganda in 2016.

He said government was conscious of ensuring a free and fair election because of the country’s history, where lives were lost in war arising out of a rigged election in 1980.

This was contained in a discussion Rugunda held with the Permanent Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa, Mr Gunther Nooke on the political situation in the Great Lakes Region.

His Excellence Gunther Nooke was in the country to attend the launch of the GroFin Small and Growing Business Fond Investment Program, which is co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Prime Minister said Government was making the necessary adjustments in the electoral law to consolidate good governance in the country.

“Government will ensure that Presidential candidates are facilitated to have a free and fair election,” he said.

On the issue of migrants and refugees, the Premier said it was important for developed countries to assist in removing causes of refugee situations in developing countries.

“The solution is not to concentrate on how to distribute refugees in Europe,” he said.

Rugunda also called for investment cooperation with Germany in order to catalyze development and create jobs for youth in Uganda.

He said land reforms were underway to correct challenges arising out of land acquisition and ownership, in order to encourage investments in the country.

“We need commercial farmers in order to modernize agriculture in Uganda,” he said.

He saluted the German Government for providing space to the National Resistance Movement during the struggle.

“The meeting which gave birth to the Ten point program took place in German,” the Premier said.

His Excellence Gunther Nooke thanked Government for contributing to the peace and security in the region particularly in Somalia and South Sudan.

“‘We have to realize that Europe and Africa are neighbours who need to cooperate to create impact,” he said.

He also appreciated government invitation of the European Union Election Observer team to come to Uganda for 2016 elections.

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