Onlookers were treated to a quick drama on Friday when an NRM youth winger, Ronald Ssenyange Kizza, was ejected by security for protesting exorbitant nomination fees the ruling party has set for candidates.
The NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Tanga Odoi, and NRM Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, asked security to throw out Ssenyange when he objected to the amount announced by the party during a press briefing held at Kyadondo party headquarters.
Ssenyange, an MP aspirant for Rubaga South, said that the nomination fees for Members of Parliament should be slashed from Shs 2m to Shs 100, 000.
Ssenyange also observed that if the fees stand as they are, they will encourage many NRM members to stand as Independents.
His protestations were ignored and himself bundled out off the scene by security before the conference proceeded.
Odoi later told press that aspirating candidates will begin to pick nomination forms from July 14-31, 2015, a period in which the exercise runs.
“Any candidate who wishes to stand to run for President of Uganda under the NRM ticket will pay a fee of Shs 10m,” Odoi said.
“Any candidate who wishes to stand to be Chairman of the NRM party will pay Shs 10 million. Anyone who wishes to be the NRM Vice Chairperson (male) will pay Shs 5m. As will the NRM Vice Chairperson (female) candidate. National Vice Chairpersons for regions will pay Shs 2.5m.”
Meanwhile, 5 eminent persons nominated by the party president to the Central Executive Committee (CEC) will pay Shs 2.5m each, any NRM member who wishes to contest for Lord Mayor will pay Shs 1.5m, City division mayoral candidates under NRM will pay Shs 1m, Candidates for the LC 5 positions will pay Shs 1m, Councillors will pay Shs 200, 000 shillings each while NRM District Chairpersons will pay Shs 200, 000.
Odoi said the amounts are aimed at instilling a sense of responsibility and commitment to authority.
Uganda Media Centre Executive Director, Ofwono Opondo, said the NRM has opened account with Centenary Bank under National Resistance Movement Electoral Commission for that purpose.