NRM SETS DATE FOR M7 NOMINATION AS 2021 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
By Mulengera Reporter
Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has written to the Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama-led Electoral Commission (EC) seeking the reservation of November 02 as the date for the nomination of their sole candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as a presidential candidate in the 2021 election.
Recently, the EC announced nomination dates for aspirants seeking election to local councils, Parliament and to the country’s top office. Presidential aspirants will be nominated on November 02 and 03, parliamentary hopefuls will be nominated between October 12 and 13 while nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils will be conducted from September 21 to October 01, 2020.
For the first time in 20 years, Museveni’s toughest challenger and former ally Dr Kizza Besigye will not be on the ballot after declining his party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) request for him to challenge the president for a fifth time. But Museveni will not lack challengers, including from FDC where Party Chairman Wasswa Birigwa is up against President Patrick Oboi Amuriat in the flag bearer race. Besides the main opposition party’s candidate, Museveni will face his former army commander Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, and former Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, among others. At least 60 Ugandans have expressed interest in challenging Museveni, president since 1986 when he took over power following a five-year bush war.
Museveni, who turned 76 today, will officially be nominated as candidate on November 02 as he seeks to extend his rule to 40 years. If nothing changes, NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba will present Museveni (whose candidature all party structures endorsed and recommended that the man from Rwakitura should not be subjected to a primary election) to Byabakama as the party’s 2021 presidential candidate at exactly 10am on that day.
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