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Museveni hosts Raila Odinga
EC announces campaign period , polling day for by-elections in Omoro District
MPs reject proposal to exempt bread , and old computers , from VAT
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Museveni hosts Raila Odinga

President Museveni hosted the Kenyan presidential candidate in the forthcoming election , Raila Odinga who paid him a courtesy call at State House on Thursday .
The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues .
“ I was happy to receive presidential candidate , Raila Odinga , who paid me a courtesy call at State House Entebbe this evening . We discussed a wide range of issues concerning our two countries . I welcome him ,” Museveni said .
Commenting about the same meeting , Odinga too didn ’ t divulge much .
“ We walked down memory lane to discuss the shared history of our countries aimed at forging stronger ties moving into the future . That formed the core of a pleasant discussion with President Museveni ,” Odinga tweeted .
The development comes on the heels of the forthcoming general elections in Kenya set for August 9 .
President Museveni last year hosted Deputy President William Ruto who is in a hot contest with Odinga to become Kenya ’ s next president .
Museveni last year said Uganda is ready to work with whoever is elected president of Kenya .
“ Wherever is the President of Kenya , we shall work with him . So long as is elected by the people ,” Museveni said .
Museveni reaffirmed his support and willingness to work with Kenya to strengthen the fraternal bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between the two countries .

EC announces campaign period , polling day for by-elections in Omoro District

The Electoral Commission – EC appointed 16th Monday to 24th Tuesday , May 2022 , as the period for candidate ’ s campaign meetings for the by-election of Directly Elected Member of Parliament for Omoro County and District Women Councilor representing Lalogi / Lakwaya Electoral Area .
In a statement , Justice Byabakama Simon , Commission Chairperson , said that campaign meetings will commence at 7:00 am and end at 6:00 pm on each of the campaign dates .
“ During this period , candidates shall not use or publish any language or defamatory words , which incite disorder , hatred , violence or which threaten war .”
The Commission has also urged all candidates , their agents and the public to adhere to the harmonized programme and set rules and regulations guiding the Campaign period .
The Commission further appointed Thursday 26th May 2022 , as the polling day for the Parliamentary and Local Government Councils By-elections in Omoro County Constituency .
According to Byabakama , voting shall be by universal adult suffrage , and shall take place at all polling stations in Omoro County Constituency , beginning at 7:00 am till 4:00 pm .
“ Political parties and independent candidates are encouraged to station their agents at polling stations throughout the Constituency . Other than observing the exercise , candidates ’ agents shall not be expected to interfere with the polling process .”
“ All persons participating in the above electoral exercises shall be required to comply with guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission by the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health measures against the spread of COVID-19 . This includes observing social distancing and wearing of masks ,” he said .

MPs reject proposal to exempt bread , and old computers , from VAT

Members of Parliament turned down a proposal by Kampala Central MP , Muhammad Nsereko to have bread , wheat and old computers exempted from Value Added Tax ( VAT ). Rising the proposal before the house , Nsereko said bread or any other inputs like wheat should be VAT exempt to make them affordable to citizens , who he said are currently grappling with the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities .
“ For as long as it ( wheat ) is declared as an input in the making of bread , let it be exempt ,” Nsereko proposed .
However , his proposal was rejected by legislators upon being put to vote .
The MP for Buzaaya County , Martin Muzaale said the 11th Parliament needs to develop an approach to comprehensively look at the tax laws to lessen their burden on the citizens . He said instead of looking at bread only , it would have been equally good if Parliament varied by way of reduction or outright exemption , VAT on fuel , which he said affects all other basic commodities .
Nsereko had also proposed the removal of VAT taxes on computers that are older than five years so that more families can afford to buy them for their children in school .
Budama North MP , Fox Odoi Oywelowo , however , differed .
“ A five-year-old computer is due only for destruction ; they are an environmental hazard . Destroying them is expensive and Uganda cannot afford it ,” he said .
Speaker of Parliament , Anita Among said it would be better to provide requisite conditions for the assembly of computers in the country instead of encouraging the importation of older computers .
“ Are we encouraging this country to be a dumping ground ? If we can have Kiira Motors ( a vehicle manufacturing and assembly plant ), why can ’ t we instead push for an assembly plant ( for computers )?” she asked .
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