Ugandan election observers, the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has been hit with fresh trouble following the resignation of their country coordinator, Crispin Kaheru.
Kaheru tendered in his resignation on September 11, and will hold his position until Friday this week, bringing his 9 years of service to an end.
“I will be resigning from my position as the Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) with effect from Friday 11th October 2019 at 5:30pm (17:30hours). Please note that 11th October 2019 will mark exactly nine (9) years since I became the Coordinator of CCEDU. On assuming that role, at the age of 26, I made a personal commitment to serve in this position for a maximum of nine (9) years; so now, having fulfilled my personal pledge, it is time for me to begin a new phase in my professional life,” Kaheru said in his resignation letter.
However, Kaheru is tightlipped about his next move but sources claim he is starting his own NGO.
“As I retire from my role, I want to reiterate that it has been an exceptional honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Uganda. I am proud to have done so, with a dedicated team that has a deep commitment to CCEDU. Please accept my prayers for your success and that of the entire CCEDU membership going forward,” he continues.
Trouble for CCEDU started at the beginning of this year when one of their sponsors withdrew funding, leaving most of their programs paralyzed.
Many employees left, while those that remained have gone for months without a single payment.
Our reporter who visited the offices claims that the offices are deserted and there is no hope. “Many of the staff come in only when they wish, while others have resorted to private farm work in their respective villages.”
In July last year, CCEDU’s problems started when the Electoral Commission (EC) suspended them from observing elections until further notice.
The EC claimed that CCEDU had been conducting itself in a partisan manner which is controversial to the set guidelines to conduct voter education and other electoral activities.