The ruling NRM has banned aspirants from using a photo of President Yoweri Museveni on their campaign materials during primaries.
Daily Monitor quotes the party secretary general, Ms Justine Lumumba, declaring the move as “illegal” while addressing an awareness dialogue with aspirants in Busoga region in Jinja District on Friday.
She said some aspirants use Museveni’s photos as a trick to take advantage of their opponents.
“Let no poster, T-shirt or banner of any NRM candidate bear the picture of the President because he is a president for all candidates and all people,” Lumumba is quoted as saying.
She added: “Some of you want to appear being closer to the President to hoodwink the voters.”
Ms Lumumba also warned party members who lose primaries against contesting as Independent candidates during the general election, saying they will be going against an oath that every intending candidate is taking with the party.
“Whereas there is no law that stops one from contesting as an individual, if some people remain defiant and choose to go against the party arrangement of rallying behind card bearers, we shall move the NRM Secretariat to that place to purposely join forces in decampaigning such deviants,” she said.
She said Resident District Commissioners and police officers against turning into NRM mobilisers and that they will transferred ahead of the general elections because they have established political bases and formed cliques in their current duty stations.