The exclusion of former NRM Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, from party activities is currently gaining momentum.
NRM deputy spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, this morning said the expression of interest for those who want to pick nomination forms from the party headquarters ends tomorrow, Friday at 6:00pm.
Mbabazi has not yet picked nomination forms to vie for the position of party chairman and presidential flag bearer.
Museveni is expected to pick his nomination forms on the deadline date.
When Mbabazi showed up to pick his a week or so back, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi, asked him to pay Shs 20m nomination fees which Amama declined.
He insists the nomination fees are illegal as presented to CEC sub-committee in a State House meeting.
His communication director, Ms Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, and lawyer, Fred Muwema, say despite the looming deadline, Amama still stands by his decision-that the nomination fees are illegal.
An aspirant for the post of NRM chairperson and for party flag-bearer must pay Shs10 million for each position before picking nomination papers.
Tanga says the party has already raised Shs 3bn from nomination fees to help fund party activities and the conduct of primaries across the country.
If Amama doesn’t pick his forms, he won’t participate in NRM primaries and will then opt for the independent ticket.
NRM bans leaders from associating with Amama
Meanwhile, the ruling party’s Sub- Committee set up to dialogue Mbabazi has recommended that all party district leaders should not to engage with the former Premier.
This was part of a report presented to the party’s Central Executive Committee, CEC.
The Secretary General of the NRM Party, Kasule Lumumba, told NTV the committee’s decision was premised on the argument that Mbabazi had views contrary to that of the party.
“It is unfortunate for a senior leader to take that such actions. It is not the way of managing a ruling party,” Lumumba said.
The committee was also weighing options on whether to expel Amama, his wife, Jacqueline and her sister, Hope Mwesigye and Gilbert Bukenya (former vice president).
Mwesigye is already leading a group called NRM Pro-Change which has joined hands with the opposition Democratic Alliance.