The NRM Parliamentary Caucus has unanimously supported the Chobe Resolution by the Party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) to have the National Party Chairman and President Yoweri Museveni contest again as sole candidate in the 2021 election and beyond.
This was revealed by Roger Mulindwa, NRM Secretariat spokesperson in a statement following Sunday meeting in the ongoing 8day Kyankwanzi retreat. Mulindwa said that the NRM caucus has endorsed Museveni as NRM sole candidate for 2021 and even beyond.
In the statement, he said that the position by the NRM legislators was taken shortly after the presentation by the Party Secretary General Rt. Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba on the topic “Towards 2021: Milestones & Strategies for the NRM Party.” During her address, SG Lumumba read out to members the Chobe resolutions.
The NRM Electoral Commission chairperson, Mr Tanga Odoi said that the deadline for picking the nomination forms for the two positions ended yesterday (July 22).
He said that only Mr Museveni had picked the nomination forms for party presidency thus rendering him a sole candidate for the position.
“As per yesterday, no one had picked nomination forms to carry the party flag in the forthcoming elections. I therefore, declare Museveni as a sole candidate for this position,” Mr Tanga said.
He also said that the former Makindye Member of Parliament (MP), John Ssimbwa who had picked nomination forms for national party chairman did not pay his Shs10m shillings and this also leaves Museveni as a sole candidate for the position.
This comes after Uganda’s long-serving president confirmed he will be seeking to extend his rule to four decades after he picked up nomination papers on Monday.
Should he be re-elected in the February 2021 General Election, the veteran leader, who turns 76 this September, will continue to occupy State House since entering it in 1986.
Several incumbents and aspiring MPs have also started picking the nomination forms for NRM primaries. They include; Vice President Edward Ssekandi (Bukoto Central), Internal Affairs Minister Jeje Odongo (Orungo County), Minister of the Presidency Esther Mbayo (Luuka district woman), Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala (Bukomansimbi) and Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Beti Kamya (for Rubaga North) among others.
Others are Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among (formerly a member of FDC) and FUFA president Moses Magogo who is aspiring for Budiope East in Buyende District. Magogo wants to unseat Mr Geoffrey Dhamuzungu.
Former URA Commissioner, Domestic Taxes, Dicksons Kateshumbwa also picked nomination forms for Sheema Municapality.