Security Minister, Mary Karooro Okurut, has said presidential hopeful, Amama Mbabazi, is just looking for public attention and recognition.
Karooro was present at the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party headquarters this morning where Mbabazi appeared to pick nomination forms to stand for the positions of Chairman and presidential flag bearer of the party.
Mbabazi, however, left without the forms after disagreeing with NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi.
Mbabazi demanded to be given the rules and regulations so he could peruse them which Odoi rejected.
Amama made it clear that he could not just pay Shs 20m for nomination forms without reading the rules first.
He later told the press that he was going to wait for the outcome of the NRM Central Executive Committee meeting today which will pronounce itself on some of the issues he raised.
But Odoi reminded him to pray CEC changes the rules before the July 31st deadline for picking nomination forms.
Commenting on the development, Security minister Karooro also the NRM spokesperson, said “Mbabazi is looking for mere recognition but he will lose”.
“Mbabazi is not a lawyer for NRM,” she lashed out saying he should not have argued with Odoi over the procedure of accessing the nomination forms.
She said since he is not the NRM lawyer, Mbabazi should desist from advise the party how to run its business.
“He should remember he participated in drafting the guidelines that now govern the nomination process.”
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, complemented Karooro’s assertion saying: “Mbabazi is just trying to create a scene for political attention querying nomination fees”.
“Amama Mbabazi has found new NRM team awake, no games leaves without nomination,” Opondo said, adding, “It’s not compulsory for Mbabazi to run under the NRM banner”.
He said when Mbabazi was still the NRM Secretary General, people would pick multiple forms including through proxies.
“Mbabazi era winners would be declared and some results cancelled by SG. It is NRM and not an aspirant that sets regulations.”
While Karooro and Opondo think Amama is just looking for attention, a section of leaders in Kanungu District, including district councillors, sub-county chairpersons and councillors have pledged to rally behind the Kinkizi West MP and ex-premier in his presidential bid.
Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline, the NRM Women’s League chairperson, met about 70 NRM leaders at his home in Karubeizi, Nyakinoni Sub-county, on Monday afternoon for consultations on his planned candidature.
“It is true I want to be president, I will look for people’s support,” he told the leaders who in turn assured him of their support.