Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, has Monday picked nomination forms from the Electoral Commission.
There was heavy police and military deployment at Electoral Commission located along Jinja road in Kampala as Mbabazi went to pick his presidential nomination forms.
EC in a tweet said: “We have today warmly welcomed Mr Amama Mbabazi at our headquarters in Kampala where he picked presidential nomination forms.”
Mbabazi becomes the first presidential aspirant to pick nominations forms from the Electoral Commission.
Amama who was received by the EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, also held talks with Deputy EC Chairman, Joseph Biribonwa.
After being handed the forms, former NRM Secretary General addressed press saying unity of all parties including NRM is the best option for Uganda come 2016 elections.
On the launch of his consultative meetings on July 9, 2015, Mbabazi was arrested together with his daughter and FDC politician, Kizza Besigye.
Police led by then operations boss, Felix Kaweesi, said his Mbale meeting was illegal.
Mbabazi says like he had done before, he has again written to Electoral Commission about carrying out consultative meetings.
“I have formally notified the Electoral Commission of my intention to carry out consultative meetings in preparation of nominations for 2016,” he said.
His communications director, Josephine Mayanja, told us last week that Mbabazi was preparing to resume consultations.
Amama who was escorted by his wife Jacqueline Mbabazi, will now embark of the process of collecting signatures of 100 registered voters from two thirds of the 112 districts to endorse his nomination.
Mbabazi went on to explain his decision to stand as an independent according to the Ugandan law which says “Any person is free to stand as an independent”.
“I belong to that category of any person,” he said in reference to his recent announcement that he would stand outside NRM party.