Govt suspends the Chamber of Commerce elections

By Ritah Kemigisa

Government has suspended the election of the new leadership of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde has issued the directive after various stakeholders raised concerns about the electoral process, specifically on the number of delegates, the polling venue, candidates credentials and eligibility of voters.

Kyambadde says an interim committee is to be instituted comprising of the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, the Attorney General and Solicitor General, Private Sector, Electoral Commission and Uganda National Registration Services Bureau  to appraise a new constitution.

She adds that the committee will also develop a delegates voter’s register, constitute a committee to organize and conduct a free, transparent and fair election while the current Chamber executive is not allowed to transact any further business until a new executive is in place.