NRM sends team to ask Mbabazi to step down  


Rugunda is leading the team sent to convince Amama

The ruling NRM has formed a four-man team and tasked it to convince Amama Mbabazi to give up his dream of running for presidency in 2016 general elections.

The resolution was reached at a meeting of the NRM central executive committee (CEC) convened at State House at the close of the week.

The meeting came after Mbabazi refused to pick nomination forms from the party headquarters citing illegal regulation and nomination fees.

Mbabazi petitioned the party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni, protesting the Shs 20m he was asked to pay by Tanga Odoi, the NRM electoral commission chairman, before giving him forms.

We are told Museveni later summoned Odoi to State House.

Odoi was expected to account for his tough stance on verification of academic transcripts of NRM flag bearers before he issues the final list of candidates who meets the requirements ahead of the party’s primaries due in September this year.

The issue of qualifications, it is feared, may see NRM Vice Chairman, Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo, leave the party as he does not hold an Ordinary level certificate.

Well, during the CEC meeting Museveni tried to re-impose the sole candidature which Odoi had denounced in an earlier address to the media.

Most of the members, we are told, refused to reinstate the sole candidature position as well as the regulations which Museveni had put down in regard to the conduct of presidential aspirants.

This development was seeking to nip Mbabazi in the bud.

It was later resolved that a delegation of four people be chosen to court Mbabazi and try to convince him to stand down.

Among them are; Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, Mike Mukula, Haji Naduli and Matia Kyaligonza.

Although government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, claims Mbabazi never intended to run on NRM ticket since he had his own logo of a flying crested crane, the ruling party is not sleeping at all.

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