NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba has advised her predecessor Amama Mbabazi to seek legal redress if he is unsatisfied with a letter challenging his planned consultative meetings.
Lumumba wrote a letter last week contesting Mbabazi’s plans to hold nationwide consultations, saying the move contravenes NRM party procedures.
Lumumba stated that, NRM holds Mbabazi’s activities in breach of Article 13 of the NRM constitution, which requires any presidential aspirant in the party to be recommended first by the Central Executive Committee.
She equally instructed Kale Kayihura – the Inspector General of Police to block Mbabazi from holding the meetings on account that NRM doesn’t recognize his candidacy.
The directive was dismissed by Mbabazi’s team of lawyers led by Fred Muwema.
They argued that the NRM constitution and the national constitution do not bar Mbabazi from holding meetings as a presidential aspirant.
In the meetings, Mbabazi will be seeking the views of the electorate on his bid to contest for the Presidency ahead of the 2016 general election.
But Lumumba says that Mbabazi has to express his intentions to the NRM Electoral Commission, who will forward the intent to the National Executive Committee – NEC for consideration in the National Conference.
“So as an NRM member, you can’t jump. You can’t make self-introduction to the electoral commission of NRM on behalf of the party,” Lumumba said after a Sunday mass at Kitante Primary School.
She adds that it is only under the signature of the Secretary General that a presidential hopeful in the NRM party can be introduced to the NEC.
She advised Mbabazi to follow the right procedure, seek legal redress or stand as an independent.
A programme released by Amama Mbabazi’s campaign team indicates that countrywide consultative meetings will start on July 9th, in Mbale district, eastern Uganda.
The team contends that section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act 2005 allows an aspiring presidential candidate to consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate within twelve months before the nomination date.