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Mbabazi speaks out on 2016 pollsPublish Date: Dec 17, 2013
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Kristian Schmidt (left) with Amama Mbabazi at the premier’s office. Photo by PMPU

By Vision Reporter

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has weighed in on the 2016 presidential elections roadmap, describing media reports that he will stand against President Yoweri Museveni as inaccurate.

Mbabazi said according to structures of the NRM party to which he is the secretary general, candidates for elective positions are assessed on their performance and identified by the party, without campaigning.

“We have the central executive committee, the national executive committee and the national conference, which come up with names of candidates. If the party chooses me to be a candidate, I cannot refuse,” he said while responding to the new head of the European Union delegation in Uganda, Kristian Schmidt.

Schmidt had paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at his office and asked whether the media reports were true. The two discussed many issues, including preparations for the 2016 elections, which Schmidt said the EU was concerned about.

He hailed the Marriage and Divorce Bill in its current form, but said the Anti-Homosexuality Bill should be shelved because many Ugandan homosexuals were running away from stigmatisation by seeking asylum in Europe.

Mbabazi assured the envoy that adequate electoral reforms would be undertaken to create public trust in the electoral process.

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