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One of the candidates vying for the Njeru municipality mayoral seat in Buikwe district has been rushed to Nairobi, Kenya after suspected poisoning.

Diana Mutasingwa Kanyesigwa, an independent candidate is said to have been poisoned on Thursday during her campaigns in Nyenga parish. Her parents rushed her to Nile International hospital where they were advised to take her to another hospital for advanced treatment. 

Kanyesigwa's father, Charles Mutasingwa, says his daughter complained of stomach pain, which they thought was minor. He however, says they took her to Nile International hospital in Jinja when the pain persisted only to be told she had been poisoned.
 
Mutasingwa said said the source of the poisoning is unknown but his daughter said she'd taken some edibles during the campaign trail. This is not the first time Kanyesigwa's is being targeted. Unknown people vandalized her vehicle in Wakisi sub-county two weeks ago. She filed a case with police, which is still carrying out investigations.

The Njeru mayoral race has attracted five candidates. They are Yasin Kyazze, the NRM candidate, FDC's Amos Waswa Kivumbi, Joseph Opondo, Aziz Jjunju and Kanyesigwa. 

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The Kyotera district police commander (DPC), Musa Kayongo has lost his pistol to unidentified thugs. The incident occurred last week on Thursday night at Bwasa village in Kalisizo town. 

According to available information, two armed thugs donning military uniform stopped Kayongo's private car at around 3am claiming to be operatives from the elite Special Forces Command that guard the president, his family and other VIPs. 
 
They reportedly persuaded Kayongo to surrender his pistol to help them in their operation since President Yoweri Museveni was expected in Kyotera the following day. According to Kayongo, the thugs introduced themselves and presented their identity cards, which gave him confidence to surrender his firearm thinking they were genuine operatives.
 
He, however, says after surrendering his pistol, the thugs disappeared mysteriously leaving him stranded. Kayongo reported that incident Kalisizo police station where he recorded a statement. Lameck Kigozi, the Masaka region police spokesperson has confirmed the incident, saying they are still handling the matter at an administrative level.
 
According to Kigozi, they are still questioning Kayongo to get more facts to aid the ongoing investigations. No suspect has been arrested in connection to the incident. Kayongo has since declined to speak to reporters on the matter. His account has left detectives wondering how a senior officer would surrender his gun to unknown people.
 
Kayongo is among the 52 senior police officers who went for a 3-months training course that started in March in Kyankwanzi. Flavia Terimulungi, the UPDF Armoured Brigade spokesperson in Masaka, says they are working with other security agencies to recover the gun and arrest the perpetrators. She explains that several thugs use military uniforms to execute their unlawful missions, which taints the image of the army.

She urges members of the public to avail any information which can help them their investigations. Gun theft is common in Kyotera and Rakai districts. Last month, thugs stole a gun from Joseph Ssentongo, a police constable attached to Rakai police station. Ssentongo had locked his gun inside the house as he went to fetch water.

Unknown thugs broke into the house and made off with his rifle number 563000795 with its magazine containing 35 rounds. Ssentongo was later locked up together with six others people including Julius Kawudde, Peter Owori, Prosper Wangi, Paddy Lubega and Francis Tabula.
 
In September 2017, thugs raided Kasaali prison and made off with a gun after overpowering one of the wardens. The gun was recovered in a swamp few days later. In the same month, thugs raided Luti police post in Kasaali sub-county and took an SMG riffle.

On December 31st 2016, thugs attacked Lance Corporal, Kassim Okiror at Mutukula border post and took his AK-47 riffle No. 49002163 with two magazines.

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The Electoral Commission has suspended the Citizens Coalition of Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) from observing elections in the country. 
CCEDU describes itself as a coalition that brings together over 800 similar-thinking civil society organisations and over 8,000 individuals who advocate for electoral democracy in Uganda. 
 
In his letter to CCEDU, Electoral Commission (EC) chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugyenyi, says they have resolved to suspend CCEDU as partners in disseminating voter education messages and as an election observer for being partisan.
 
A CCEDU official observing Kyadondo East by-election in Wakiso last year
 
EC also accuses CCEDU of shunning the Women Council elections calling it a sham despite the big voter turn up. Byabakama accuses the CCEDU officials of going to the media and discrediting the ongoing electoral processes. 

"Many times CCEDU has acted outside the election observance guideline as set by the Electoral Commission, this undermines the objectivity and commitment in adhering to the laid down standards of engagement as far as election related activities are concerned," the July 4th letter reads.

EC says they need honest, credible and impartial partners, adding that their relations with CCEDU have been suspended until further notice. Byabakama says CCEDU will not observe current and any future elections. On its part CCEDU says it has been working to ensure free and fair elections.

Crispy Kaheru, the national coordinator CCEDU, says their differences with the Commission can be resolved through dialogue.  

"We are also aware of the suspension of accreditation of CCEDU by the EC not to observe these and future elections as well as to conduct voter education. We consider this to be a difference in work methods.  Whereas CCEDU believes in exposing good practices and shortcomings to ensure a free and fair election, the EC believes that CCEDU should merely document and share findings. This is a matter we strongly believe can be resolved through dialogue," Kaheru said.
 
Kaheru says they are opposed to voting by lining up, even as the country goes to the polls on Tuesday. He says they will voluntarily not observe this election.

 
"CCEDU subscribes to the internationally recognized standard of elections by secret ballot; and that is why members of the Coalition petitioned the Constitutional Court, for an appropriate interpretation of the law." Kaheru says. 
 
CCEDU has always operated with a very dynamic social media team that publishes on their various platforms, electoral processes and malpractices in most of the elections in the country. They have also been a source of information for various media houses incapacitated by inadequate staff during elections. 
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Dfcu bank's second biggest shareholder, CDC Group it to review of its shareholding in the bank. 

CDC Group, a UK-based development finance institution, in a June 14 letter to Dfcu bank Limited top management, Irina Grigorenko, the investment director Financial Institutions said CDC Group Plc was undertaking a review of its investment in Dfcu Limited which may lead to the disposal of some or all of its shares in Dfcu over the short to medium term.

 

According to sources, the firm, has over the years reduced its shareholding to about 10 per cent from 60 per cent.

“After a period of over 50 years as a shareholder, it is our aspiration to exit in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the business and ensures that the orderly trading of Dfcu’s shares,” reads the letter adding that, “that CDC’s objective is to identify like-minded investors who could support Dfcu in its new phase of growth.”

In its letter, CDC expressed hope that Dfcu would continue to “succeed with the support of Arise B.V., its major shareholder.” CDC’s investment in Dfcu, according to the institution’s official website, is $15.1m (equity) and $10m (subordinated loan).

About nine institutional investors own Dfcu, with Arise BV holding the largest shareholding at 59 per cent. CDC is in second position, followed by National Social Security Fund (NSSF). Recently, Arise BV executive director Deepak Malik resigned from the Dfcu bank’s board of directors. 

 

After the Crane bank takeover in 2017, Dfcu's annual net profit jump by more than 136% to Shs 127 billion while assets leaped up by 100% in 2017 - putting it right on the list of the most profitable banks in the country.

Dfcu's after tax profit in 2016 was just Shs 46 billion before the Crane bank takeover. It was the first time Dfcu had crossed the Shs 100 billion threshold, becoming the fourth bank to do so in the country.

Dfcu acquired Crane bank at about Shs 200 billion, but the bank's management insist Crane bank was valued above Shs 1.3 trillion. Dfcu is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and is still battling a court case with Crane bank shareholders over the takeover. 

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