Barya refuses to pay Kiggundu Shs12m balance


Barya and EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa

Presidential aspirant, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, says he will not pay the Shs12m balance as directed by the Electoral Commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu.

Last week, Kiggundu quoted the nearly signed Presidential Elections Amendment Bill saying it had revised nomination fees for presidential aspirants from Shs 8,000,000 to Shs 20, 000,000 “only”.

“The presidential aspirants who had already made a payment of Shs 8,000,000 are advised to pay the balance of the fees before nomination day,” Kiggunda said.

He warned that no one would be nominated if they didn’t fulfil all the requirements.

Baryamureba says he can only pay once the government legal advisor, the Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi, comes out and gives a proper explanation.

“The government has a chief legal advisor,” he noted, adding, “let the Attorney General explain to Ugandans whether the law applies.”

“I don’t think it can apply,” Barya insisted.

According to the Electoral Commission, presidential candidates will be nominated on November 3 and 4, 2015 at Mandela National Stadium beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm on each of the appointed dates.

EC has already issued certificates confirming President Yoweri Museveni, Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye as presidential candidates having fulfilled all the requirements.

Barya who was even the first to return nomination forms is yet to be availed with a certificate.

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