Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi says he will contest for the presidency as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general elections.
Mbabazi made the declaration during a press conference at his home in Kololo early today.
He said that although he remains an ardent member of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party, actions that followed his declaration to contest for the presidency were an indicator of how far the NRM can go to stop him.
Mbabazi added that the decision to abandon the search for the NRM ticket is a personal choice arising out of a conviction not to be part of illegalities. Mbabazi was making reference the NRM regulations recently announced by Electoral Commission chairman Tanga Odoi.
\"I have decided that I will not stand within NRM and when the time comes I will be nominated as Presidential candidate,\" Amama said before adding that at the end of this journey, he will be the president of Uganda.
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Prior to the declaration, Mbabazi was expected to pick nomination forms from the NRM secretariat on Kyadondo road, a process which closes today. But he says the process is unconstitutional and unlawful.
Early this month, Mbabazi\'s campaign efforts were met with resistance from NRM party members leading to his arrest on his way to Mbale where he was due to launch consultative meetings on his presidential bid.
He however told journalists today that he will resume the consultative meetings after sharing his program with the Electoral Commission.
Asked about a possibility of joining The Democratic Alliance, a coalition of opposition political parties, Mbabazi said; \"We cannot go forward without unity but we shall push for the unity of all Ugandans.\"
He adds that he is pushing for peaceful transition of power, not armed struggle.
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Mbabazi says that he will respect the will on the people of Uganda in 2016.
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Mbabazi also dismissed reports that his campaign is financially supported by forces from the West.
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Mbabazi further advises NRM to re-examine itself and decide whether to continue on the path of ruining the 30 year legacy it has built or on supporting â€˜singular political dreams of President Yoweri Museveni.