Lumumba attacks Mbabazi over register


Lumumba addressing press today at NRM party headquarters


The ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party has unveiled its political road-map for the 2016 general elections.

The road-map outlines the programme for the electoral process.

While launching the road map at the party headquarters this morning the NRM Secretary General, Justine Lumumba, said the party will embark on a mass recruitment and registration exercise of members from March 20, 2015 to May 16, 2015.

This will be followed with the compilation and display of the NRM members’ register between May 18, 2015 and July 12, 2015.

In a rather veiled attack against her predecessor Amama Mbabazi, Lumumba said the party has previously had challenges with holding a genuine register.

Mbabazi was placed on the spot for alleged failure to furnish the NRM Electoral Commission with the party register before he was dropped from the post.

However, Lumumba says the new process will ensure that all NRM members are given chance to register.

The party has further designated August 31, 2015 to September 30, 2015 for party primaries to elect official parliamentary, LC5 and LC3 candidates.

Prof. Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission party chairperson warns that any individuals who violate the party guidelines and hold campaigns before the set dates will be dealt with accordingly.

He further warns that the chaos that marred the 2010 NRM primaries will not be tolerated.

The party’s top decision making body, Central Executive Committee (CEC), has however, not yet agreed on the nomination fees to be paid by aspirants for all elective positions.

In October 2015, the party is expected to convene its national delegates’ conference to hold primaries to elect the party Presidential candidate ahead of the 2016 polls.

Also on the cards are primaries for special interest groups in Parliament and adoption of the NRM campaign strategy.

Lumumba says in the same month, NRM will launch its manifesto, as well as the presidential and general campaigns which will run up to February.

Citing lack of adequate funds to implement the road map, she reveals that a fundraising drive will be held soon to solicit funds from members to facilitate the process.

Last week, the Electoral Commission unveiled a revised election road map.


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