NRM changes rules, denies Mbabazi pressure


Mbabazi and Tanga Odoi

The ruling NRM party has changed nomination rules following an incident in which the aspirant presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi refused to pick nomination forms.

The NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi, dismisses media reports indicating that the party is dancing to the whims of it’s former secretary general, Amama Mbabazi.

Last Thursday, Mbabazi failed to register for party flag bearer position citing illegalities in the fees and guidelines that have been set by the new party secretariat.

He wrote to the party chairman, Yoweri Museveni, complaining of the illegal regulations and threating to boycott NRM primaries.

The NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi, told NTV that some changes have been made especially in regards to the set fines.

He, however, dismissed media reports indicating that the party is dancing to the whims of it’s former Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi to change registration fees and guidelines.

He says changes were made after a review of many of the concerns raised by the different aspirants.

He says the most controversial rule of paying before picking forms has remained.

“You first pay and then pick the forms.”

Tanga said they received overwhelming response yesterday.

“We received 978 aspirants for Members of Parliament positions alone,” Tanga says.

The NRM legal team then made changes and the Central Executive Committee (CEC) approved them but the changes were not much per se.

“It was just removing the fines that Mbabazi and others, were not comfortable with. Don’t magnify that Mbabazi made us change the rules.”

“No, as a party, we review our position and where we see an error we correct because we are a people’s party.”

Deputy NRM spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, on the other hand said the NRM team that failed to meet Amama yesterday has rescheduled.

“Amama apologised and agreed to meet the committee on July 24,” Opondo said, adding, “We hope the engagement will be fruitful.”

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