The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Rt. Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba has issued a statement distancing the party from Hon Amama Mbabazi’s planned public meetings as a prospective presidential flag bearer of the NRM.
She further explained that Hon Mbabazi had not been endorsed by NRM and is therefore not an aspirant sponsored by the party within the meaning of its Constitution and Law.
This is her statement:
According to Article 48(1) of the NRM Constitution “all members of NRM who meet National Legal requirements shall be eligible to become candidates for NRM at various levels.”
Article 48(2) a further states that “the presidential candidate for NRM shall be selected by the National Conference from a candidate or candidates recommended to the National Conference by the National Executive Council pursuant to Article12(3)(6) of this Constitution.”
Section 9 of the PEA provides that under the Multi Party Political System, nomination of candidates may be made by:
A registered Political Organisation or Political Party sponsoring a candidate or by a candidate standing for elections as an independent candidate without being sponsored by a Political Organisation or political party.
The NRM Constitution mandates the NRM Electoral Commission to organize and conduct elections within the organs of NRM.
The NRM Electoral Commission can only nominate aspirants who have been recommended to the National Conference by the National Executive Council. Hon Amama Mbabazi has not been recommended by either the Central Executive Committee or the National Executive Council as a presidential aspirant.
Section 10(7) of the Presidential Elections Act states that “where under the Multi-Party Political System a person is sponsored by a political organisation or Political Party, the nomination paper shall indicate that he/she is so sponsored stating the name and address of the political organization or political party.”
Under no circumstances, therefore can a candidate or aspirant who purports to seek to be flag bearer of a political organization or political party introduce himself as such to the National Electoral Commission. Hon Amama Mbabazi’s self-introduction to the National Electoral Commission purporting to be an aspirant for office of President on NRM ticket is irregular and illegal as his aspirations have not been endorsed by the NRM in accordance with the Presidential Elections Act and NRM Constitution.
In view of the above legal provisions;
- Hon Amama Mbabazi is not an aspirant sponsored by the NRM Political Organisation within the meaning of the NRM Constitution and the Law.
- Hon Amama Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission that he intends to contest for President as an NRM flag bearer is not only speculative but also illegal.
- Hon Amama Mbabazi’s aspirations as an aspiring candidate for President for the 2016 General Elections have not been endorsed by NRM and are, therefore, illegal.
- Hon Amama Mbabazi has no Locus Standi to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag bearer of the NRM Political Organisation and/or presidential aspirant under the PEA.