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Government break silence on mandatory drug test reports

Last week, there was a media report that the ruling NRM leaders are trying to bring the rule that will subject all those planing to contest in the next general election for political leadership to drug test a move seen to target the Ghetto president.

“Leaders to be tested for drugs before elections, whoever has used these drugs in the last 5 years to be disqualified,” the media quoted Cabinet.

It also emerged that in a last Monday meeting, a group of Ministers and MPs informally discussed the possibility of a private members bill making it mandatory for all Presidential, LC5 and MP candidates to undergo drug/Weed substance abuse tests as part of their nomination requirements by the Electoral Commission.

To show good faith, they have offered to voluntarily have public drug/substance use tests as part of the efforts to mobilize public support for the new proposals they are mooting to the electoral laws.

According to one minister who was privy to the plan, the ruling party is being inspired by the Ukrainian example where several would-be strong contenders were disqualified by the the Electoral body on the account of their previous use of prohibited substances in the years leading to the electoral period.

The proposal is to lock out whoever has used these substances in the 5 years preceding nominations. The MPs and Ministers say there will be a small task force to market the same to Museveni this very week.

Government has now come out to dismissed as baseless allegations that Cabinet resolved to introduce a new law requiring political players to undergo a mandatory drug test before nomination for political office.

Minister for Information, Technology and communications Frank Tumwebaze says such remarks should be ignored.

However, NRM youth leaders on the National youth council were in support saying the proposal should also extend to civil servants.

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