President Yoweri Museveni has on Monday picked party nomination forms to run as both the National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential flag bearer for the 2021 general elections and as the National Chairman.
Museveni has picked the nomination forms through his Lawyer Edwin Karungire and has since paid the nomination fees of Shs10, 000, 000 for the position of Presidential flag bearer and Shs10, 000, 000 for the party national Vice Chairman.
The party Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr. Fredrick Tanga Odoi has revealed that the former Makindye Member of Parliament, John Ssimbwa has also picked forms to stand for the National Chairman position but hasn’t paid the nomination fees.
“One of the requirements for the position is one’s ability to read and write, loyalty to the party, contribution made to the success and stability of the party, payment of the required fee and being conversant with party laws and constitution,” Tanga said.
Tanga revealed that on the position of the Vice Chairperson, Alhajji Moses Kigongo and Edward Francis Babu have all picked nomination forms for the First National Vice Chairperson and have all paid the nomination fees.
“We haven’t received the Second National Vice Chairperson, for the Vice Chairperson Northern Region, we have Dr. Samuel Odong Oledde who picked forms but hasn’t paid. For Vice Chairperson Karamoja region Simon Peter Aleper has picked forms and has paid,” Tanga said.
For the Vice Chairperson Eastern region so far John Robert Ekogot has picked nominations forms but hasn’t paid the nomination fee of Shs2.5m.
Tanga added that so far three people have picked nomination forms for the Vice Chairperson Central region who include; Twaha Kiganda Sonko, Abdul Ssemu, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssubi.
“For Vice Chairperson Western region, Dr. Emmanuel Dinni Kisembo has so far picked forms while Godfrey Nyakana Amotti and Jackson Walusimbi have picked forms for Vice Chairperson Kampala region,” Tanga noted.
The election of the Party Presidential Flag bearer and the top party positions is to take place from 6th to 8th August through a resolution by circulation mode of voting.
[20/07, 17:04] Nixon Zain: FDC Gives Leeway to Party Flag Bearers to Seek People Power Endorsement
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) the leading opposition party in the country has noted that there is no problem if the party aspiring flag bearers seek endorsement from the People Power movement that is seemingly subduing the party’s political space.
While responding to media questions during the party’s weekly press briefing, the party Spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda noted that he sees no big issue if candidates seek to enhance their fortunes through different endorsements.
“During election period, candidates will always seek to enhance their fortunes, don’t be surprised when there are those will go and be endorsed by Maama Fiina, the Mufti or the Catholic Church. It is all entirely okay because at an individual level people are seeking to enhance their fortunes,” Ssemujju said.
Ssemujju noted that according to him, that is just the momentum that elections bring adding that members should understand that People Power is just a pressure group that can’t sponsor candidates according to the country’s Constitution.
“How can independent candidates sponsor each other, it doesn’t happen in Uganda. I can’t blame anyone, they can go and enhance their candidature with anyone, its only political parties and not pressure groups that sponsor candidates,” Ssemujju said.
Last week, the FDC aspirant for Kampala Woman Member of Parliament, Stella Nyanzi returned nomination forms to the People Power movement seeking for the pressure group’s blessing just days after returning nomination forms to her party for the same position.