National Resistance Movement (NRM) says it will block the nomination of its former secretary general and Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, should he fail to resign from the party.
Adolf Mwesige, the head of the NRM legal team says much as Mbabazi has already picked nomination forms to contest as an independent presidential candidate he is still bound by the NRM party constitution as a member.
Mbabazi picked nomination forms on Monday and is scheduled to embark on a countrywide consultation tour and collect signatures from two-thirds of the districts as required by law.
According to Mwesige, the NRM constitution bars Mbabazi from contesting as independent since he is a registered member of the ruling party.
“You remain in our books and then call yourself an independent? That is not acceptable and we will take legal action that one I can tell you. We’ll take legal action against Hon Mbabazi. We’ll take legal action against any Ugandan who uses our party and registers as a member but also runs as an independent, we will take legal action with consequences.”
He says should the Electoral Commission fail to act on their petition, they will seek legal redress.
But in his response, Mbabazi said that he is not bound by the NRM constitution.
Mbabazi said much as he is still a registered member of the NRM party, the national constitution allows him to contest for any position as an independent.
The former PM, who served the current government for 29 years, was fired as NRM party secretary general early this year over his presidential ambitions.