He said although it’s good to inform the media about the obstacles that they face while crisscrossing the country looking for support, they [media] can’t do much in coming up with solutions to these impediments.
The leaders and supporters were all wearing FDC branded T-shirts with pictures of Betty Aol Ocan, Amuriat and Acire, they held a procession within the wall fenced residence led by the UWMFO brass band, they jubilated and ululated, rejoiced, sang songs of victory in the 2021 elections.
Mao said that for many years, politicians in Uganda have wanted to ride on their tribal, religious and ethnic backgrounds as vehicles to leadership, while at the same time wrecking the country. Mao was addressing a press conference moments after his nomination to contest for the Presidency.
Lumumba said that the government adopted the policy on local enterprise promotion’ the Buy Uganda Build Uganda initiative, and therefore, it is incumbent upon all government agencies including the Electoral Commission to follow it.
While NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba was announcing the party decision to hold peace talks with the new independents, NUP spokesman Joel Senyonyi was declaring the war against independents who got nomination after being denied the young party's flag.
According to the guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission, the body charged with organizing elections in Uganda, aspirants were supposed to submit signatures of their nominators two weeks before the nomination which will take place next month on November 2-3.
Matovu, who narrowly lost to Medard Lubega Sseggona in the 2016 elections, had come for nomination with a number of people and cars contrary to the guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission. The guidelines restricted aspirants to only two vehicles, with three people each.
Four of the seven candidates who want to replace Sseggona say that although it is so important to focus on national issues in parliament, an MP should also pay attention to the local problems of the people he represents.
Aspirants from the five divisions of Kawempe, Lubaga, Nakawa, Makindye and Kampala central started arriving at the Electoral Commission Offices in Ntinda, as early as 7 a.m., in line with a schedule with pre-booked nomination times. However, several people requested for special consideration, away from the schedule.
Bukenya called upon candidates not to hold after nomination campaigns, adding that there will be an opportunity for the candidates to hold campaigns after the harmonization process of the campaign schedules.
It should be recalled that over 60 people expressed interest in challenging President Museveni for the top job in Uganda by picking nomination forms. However, with only four days left to the deadline of submitting signatures to the Electoral Commission for verification, there is doubt whether all those who picked nomination forms will return them.
Several aspirants who were never chosen expressed dismay on the criteria that was used to select flag bearers. Some accused senior party members or their surrogates of soliciting bribes from candidates. He who paid the highest amount ultimately got the ticket, they alleged.
NUP is also facing revolts in Makindye East where Michael Mabikke Seninde is contesting as an independent candidate after the constituency ticket was given to Derrick Nyeko, a youth councillor at Makindye division. In Makindye West, Farouk Ntege, a brother to the Ssebaggala's also refused to bow out of the race in favour of Allan Ssewanyana who was given the card.
The party fell on hard rocks ever since Patrick Oboi Amuriat was elected as its president in November 2017. Most of the MPs who supported his opponent, Gregg Mugisha Muntu, a retired two-star general of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF either went with him in his newfound party, Alliance for National Transformation-ANT or have opted to contest as independents.
This follows audio which has been circulating on various media platforms, Nsubuga who recently lost the NRM parliamentary primaries was heard threatening to kill a one Sonko for allegedly trying to woo his supporters to his opponent’s side.
The Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi however said that for those aspirants who changed names before the 26th March 2015 through a statutory declaration or affidavit, the presentation of a sworn affidavit shall be valid for nominations by the Electoral Commission.