Police mars Mbabazi consultations again


Amama Mbabazi

The countrywide consultation of voters by Independent presidential hopeful, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has again flopped.

This comes after the consultation meetings expected to start in Mbale on Monday, August 24th to September, 24th was not cleared by Police.

Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, the communications director of Mbabazi campaign task force told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the former premier could not start consultations as expected because police has not yet cleared them.

She says after writing to the Electoral Commission notifying them about the planned consultative meetings as required by law on Monday last week, they also wrote to police but they have not received any reply, the reason they could not go ahead.

According to her, when police clears them, then they will inform the voters when the consultation meeting will begin and in which district.

However when contacted over the delay by police to clear Mbabazi, police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said they are still waiting for communication from the Electoral Commission to officially inform them about the planned consultation of voters by Mbabazi and others who have already picked nomination forms.

He says once they receive the letter telling them about the candidates, they will have no problem with the aspirants because this is not the time for campaigns since they have not yet been nominated.

This is not the first time Mbabazi was set to start his consultation with voters ahead of the 2016 elections.

In July, he was scheduled to do the same but it flopped after police arrested him as he was going to start consultations in Mbale.

Mbabazi was the first presidential aspirant to pick nomination forms on Monday last week to run as an independent candidate ahead of the 2016 elections.

So far, 28 people including the former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya, have picked nomination forms.

Others who have picked nomination forms are former Kampala Mayor Nasser Ntege Sebagala, Fredrick Kunya, Abed Bwanika, Deo Lukyamuzi Kizito, Joseph Mwambazi, Prof. Venacius Baryamureeba, and Omar Kalinge Nyago, among others.


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