By Alfred Wander, Eddie Sejjoba and Nicholas Wasajja
Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, has questioned the criteria of paying money before picking nomination forms from the NRM Secretariat.
Mbabazi who recently declared his presidential bid on Thursday argued with the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Tanda Odoi, on the legality of the procedure.
Mbabazi an NRM chairman aspirant and eventually presidential flag bearer is supposed to pay sh20m for both slots.
“I don’t want to subject the process to legal manoeuvres, but to be logical. I am willing to pay the sh20m but it’s only fair that I look at the guidelines I have to abide by to before I pay,” Mbabazi said.
“You can’t read the regulations before showing interest by paying the full amount of the nomination fees,” Odoi retorted.
Mbabazi leaving NRM headquarters at Kyadondo Road in Kampala. Photo by Eddie Ssejjoba
Odoi however, reiterated that if there is any aspirant who feels that the process has to change, they will have to wait for NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) to review the process for any changes.
Amama said he has not made a decision yet but will wait for CEC to revise the laws because he thinks sh20m is too much a fee.
“Nobody has ever pushed for sole candidature, not even the President. Otherwise I have a name to protect or I resign. I resigned from Makerere (University) after 25 years, if Mbabazi disagrees, it’s his position. I am a PhD holder,” said Tanga Odoi.
“Sole candidature is an issue for the NRM caucus and does not affect me – even President Museveni respects me. No one will intimidate me,” he added.
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Mbabazi turns up, refuses to pick forms