President Museveni has assented into law four more bills ahead of the 2021 general elections. The four bills are Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Electoral Commission (Amendment) bill, 2019 and the Political Parties and Organisation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and these were unveiled on Thursday by the Justice Minister, Ephraim Kamuntu.
Under the new revisions in the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Act, 2019, presidential candidates will be compelled to announce their wealth and source of funding 14 days after being nominated by the Electoral Commission. “The president wants to know what financial forces are pushing the People Power presidential hopeful, Bobi Wine,” says a source in the Justice ministry. “The president is bitter. He wants to know who exactly is funding Bobi Wine,” he adds.
Under the same bill, presidential candidates will not be allowed to solicit, receive or obtain any financial assistance from blacklisted organisations under the 2002 anti-terrorism act. The NRM government is highly suspicious that the People Power movement is linked to the mythic ‘Red movement’ as earlier reiterated by the security minister, Gen. Elly Tumwiine. The same laws will attract a five year jail penalty for any candidate or their agent that would act contrary.
NRM secretary general lauds the amendments and says it is a ‘positive step’ to show autonomy and sovereignty of Uganda as a country since foreign influence and interference would be barred. “For the first time our politics won’t be influenced by western powers,” Kasule told the press.