Presidential hopeful, Amama Mbabazi has declared he will stand as an independent candidate in the upcoming general elections.
Mbabazi made the declaration at his home in Kololo on Friday saying he was not leaving NRM but would not run on their ticket.
“In the last 6 weeks my declaration has been an issue of security within my party,” he said.
He said NRM has successfully obstructed his aspirations.
“I have decided that I will not stand within NRM and when the time comes I will be nominated as Presidential candidate,” he added.
“I will forever be a lifelong member of NRM, that’s irrevocable; but am going to contest outside of the NRM.”
Earlier on in a petition written by one of his supporters, Jannette Mugisha, Mbabazi was asked to stand as an independent following the harassment he was facing in the ruling party.
Mbabazi is one of the founder members of the ruling party, NRM but started falling out when he was axed as Secretary General for harbouring presidential ambitions.
In his address to the press today, Mbabazi condemned the harassment and intimidation of Ugandans, especially the 4th Estate for exercising their rights.
His supporters have been arrested and tortured simply for supporting him.
Inside State House itself, people are set to lose jobs for failing to contain Mbabazi on social media.
Mbabazi’s withdraw from NRM ticket leaves President Yoweri Museveni unopposed in the positions of party chairman and presidential flag bearer.
Museveni is expected to pick his nomination forms today, Friday.