President Yoweri Museveni was Sunday endorsed as the sole candidate and ruling NRM party flag bearer in the 2016 general elections.
The “sole candidacy” seems to be a new virus that has infiltrated the NRM executive.
At the Namboole conference, most aspirants were seen stepping down for their colleagues leaving them unopposed and “sole candidates”.
The NRM national vice chairman, Moses Kigongo, was unopposed and a sole candidate for that office.
Parliament speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, was also a sole candidate for the second vice chairperson.
Stepping down craze
When it came to the National Vice chairman Eastern Region, the party chairman called about five contestants; Saleh Kamba, Okiror, Simon Mulongo, Michael Werikhe and a one Balyeku, who all stood down for Mike Mukula leaving him unopposed.
For national vice chairperson Western Uganda, Justice and Consitutional Affairs minister, Maj Gen. Kahinda Otafiire stepped down for Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza.
And so did the candidates for NRM Party Vice chairperson Karamoja region who all stepped down for Hon Peter Aleper.
Hajji Nadduli was also left unopposed in NRM vice chairperson Central Uganda race when rivals stepped down.
The only positions that were voted for included the position of NRM vice chairperson for Kampala Region and Northern Region.
Still, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanya and Gen Moses Ali stepped down leaving Sam Engola to tussle it out with Hilary Onek.
Engola defeated Onek taking the seat.
In Kampala region, Capt Francis Babu stepped down leaving the race between Godfrey Nyakana and Singh Katongole.
Nyakana beat Katongole and was declared the new NRM vice chairperson Kampala region.