The National Resistance Movement Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba, has written back to Kinkizi West MP Amama Mbabazi, reaffirming the need for all contestants in the party to pay nomination fees.
Mbabazi had earlier written to President Museveni expressing concern over what he described as charging of illegal fees.
But in response, Lumumba Wrote on July 21 to Mbabazi’s lawyers, Muwema & Co Advocates, saying: “All members who intend to contest for leadership positions in the party are required to pay nomination fees.
The requirement to pay nomination fees is therefore binding on your client to the extent that he is a registered member of NRM seeking to contest for a leadership position in NRM.”
“The purpose of the fees is to facilitate the NRM Electoral Commission in its work. The said fees has been duly approved by CEC in accordance with Article 39(10)(d) of the NRM Constitution,” Lumumba further wrote.
She also maintained that all prospective flag bearers have to appear before the party EC to prove that they have academic qualifications which are prescribed in the national electoral law.
Lumumba, however, said the inclusion of offences/penalties and fines was an error.
“CEC while approving the regulations had directed the EC to expunge the said offences, penalties and fines. The regulations have been redrafted to exclude the said offences, penalties and fines,” she wrote.