Government spokesperson and NRM deputy mouthpiece, Ofwono Opondo, is confident presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, has no journey as an independent candidate.
“Honestly am not sure Amama has a journey as Independent,” Opondo said in a tweet when Mbabazi declared he was standing outside the ruling NRM party.
At the start of the week, Amama picked nomination forms from the Electoral Commission headquarters along Jinja road confirming he would run as an independent candidate.
He also wrote to EC seeking permission to embark on a countrywide consultation tour and collect signatures from 2/3 of the districts as required by law.
Yet, URN quotes Conservative Party President, John Ken Lukyamuzi, saying the former Prime Minister cannot win next year’s presidential elections on an independent ticket.
According to Lukyamuzi, although Mbabazi is a reformist, most voters cannot consider an independent as a serious candidate.
Lukyamuzi says Mbabazi, should have contested from within the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party structures.
He argues that the decision by Mbabazi to contest as an independent has weakened him politically.
At the same time, NRM says it will block the nomination of their former Secretary General should he fail to resign from the party.
Adolf Mwesigye, the head of the NRM legal team says much as Mbabazi has already picked nomination forms to contest as an independent presidential candidate he is still bound by the NRM party constitution as a member.
According to Mwesige, the NRM party constitution bars Mbabazi from contesting as independent since he is a registered member of the ruling party.
But Amama insists this has nothing to do with his pursuit of nominations as an independent candidate.
Ofwono says Amama is a punctured balloon
Opondo says if Mbabazi is decent enough “he should return the NRM card, resign from parliament and become an independent”.
In a slight cynicism, Opondo said Mbabazi and his wife, Jacqueline seem to be “running mates” for Uganda presidency.
“Mbabazi is a punctured balloon, deflating slowly,” Opondo stated.
He added: “Amama has run away from NRM by himself (declaring to run as an independent and picking forms). We don’t have to expel him.”
He said it is now coming to a year (since Amama was dropped as Prime Minister) arguing that no minister has broken rank with government ever since.
“NRM has over 2 million candidates vying for various positions,” Opondo pointed out.