While NRM legislators say that the decision reaffirms President Yoweri Musevenis sole candidature, counterparts in the opposition are upbeat saying the NRM vote will be divided to the advantage of the opposition.
There are mixed reactions among Members of Parliament on a declaration by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to contest for the presidency as an independent candidate.
While NRM legislators say that the decision reaffirms President Yoweri Museveni\'s sole candidature, counterparts in the opposition are upbeat saying the NRM vote will be divided to the advantage of the opposition.
Mbabazi told Journalists in Kampala early today that although he remains an ardent member of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party, he could not be part of illegalities that are now promoted in NRM.
He added that actions that followed his declaration to contest for the presidency were an indicator of how far the NRM can go to stop him.
However, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu says that although Mbabazi has expressed interest in â€˜The Democratic Alliance -TDA\' opposition umbrella, his candidature will push high the chances of a runoff in the presidential race.
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Busiro South MP Joseph Balikuddembe says Mbabazi should not be castigated for his constitutional rights as long as he follows the right procedures and is endorsed by the electorate.
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However Ngora Woman MP Jackline Amongin says Mbabazi stood no chance against Museveni within the NRM.
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Her sentiments are shared by Florence Mutyabule, the Namutumba Woman MP saying that the party has already endorsed Museveni to be the presidential flag bearer.
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Fox Odoi, an independent MP representing West Budama North says Mbabazi should brace himself for the financial and moral challenges that come with contesting as an independent candidate.