Presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, has said at the end of his struggle, he will emerge the president of Uganda.
Mbabazi announced Friday while addressing press at his Kololo home that he would not stand on NRM ticket but as an independent.
He said the ruling party had made it difficult for him to stand on their ticket.
“I will resume my consultative meetings and will inform the Electoral Commission as required by law.”
He said his group would start raising funds for his campaigns saying western funding was out of the question.
He promised to accept results of transparent, democratic elections come 2016 general elections.
“I am pushing for a peaceful transition of power, not armed struggle. The latter is archaic and should be put in museum.”
“I am going to start a journey and at the end of it, I will be president of Uganda.”
He said when the time comes, he will be nominated as a candidate (presidential)…”I will be nominated as a presidential candidate for 2016 by the National Electoral Commission”.
On the question of joining The Democratic Alliance, Mbabazi says “we can’t go forward without unity”.
He said the reasons for standing were simple, “two changes that I want; a change in governance and a change of guard”.
He asked NRM to re-examine itself and top leadership to decide whether to continue on this path.
“The use of police in internal party politics shows how far top party leadership will go to stop me.”
Asked whether he is ready to lose his seat as Kinkizi West MP with this new stand, Mbabazi clarified: “I’m not leaving NRM. I’m just not running on the NRM ticket.”
He said NRM has achieved so much in the last 30 years and there was need to reverse their deeds.
“It is my hope that the NRM I have given. As a founding member, lawyer and Patriotic citizen I will not bind myself to illegality,” he pointed choosing not to follow NRM electoral process anymore.
NRM Poor Youth Forum chairperson, Adam Luzindana said JPAM’s move to go independent will be followed by many others.
“The Decision taken by Amama Mbabazi is one of the biggest achievement so far since we started fight against Kaguta Museveni.”
Meanwhile, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, had a field day.
“Mbabazi does not have any credible following. I task him to name any member of parliament in support of his ambitions. Who will then campaign for him?” Opondo challenged.
He even contributed Shs1m as a donation to kick off Mbabazi’s campaign fund.