NRM deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says Amama Mbabazi should return the party’s membership card before contesting as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential elections.
Friday, Mbabazi announced that he would not seek for presidency on an NRM ticket, accusing the ruling party of illegally blocking his efforts to stand by arresting him and his daughter Rachel as well as his supporters.
Opondo says for Mbabazi to stand for president anywhere else other than NRM, he has to return the party’s card and also resign as Kinkizi West MP as he was elected to the position on the National Resistance Movement ticket.
Meanwhile, Youth Affairs State Minister Evelyn Anite is happy that Mbabazi finally decided not to contest against Museveni in the NRM primaries.
Anite was the mover of the controversial Kyankwanzi resolution in February last year that declared Museveni as the party’s sole candidate in next year’s general elections.
Anite says the fact that Mbabazi, who also signed the petition as no. 202, failed to pick nomination forms to run against the President in party primaries, indicates that the resolution was binding.
“He did make it very clear to us that he supports H.E the President because President Museveni was a good leader at the time of the war and has been a good leader at the time of stability and endorses his sole candidature. If he says he is not standing, he is just respecting his signature. If he runs as an independent candidate that is no problem at all because what we wanted him to do is respect is his signature and the views of movers of sole candidate.”