Inspector of Police General Kale Kayihura has written a letter to former prime Amama Mbabazi notifying him that his program to hold public meetings have not been cleared by police and cannot go on.
The letter dated 23rd June 24, 2015 is a response to Mbabazi’s intention to start countrywide consultative meetings in a bid to prepare for his presidential candidature nomination.
“Your program of public meetings are not cleared by police and cannot go ahead as intended until, as requested by chairman of electoral commission,” the letter reads.
Gen Kayihura added; “You first harmonize the position in your letter of introduction to the Electoral Commission and that of your party NRM.”
He further said that he wants to first establish whether Mr. Mbabazi is an independent candidate or he has been endorsed by a political party which is not clear in former premier’s letter introducing himself as an aspiring candidate to stand for presidency as advised by the Attorney General.
Gen Kayihura further went ahead to inquire the position of the NRM that responded in a letter dated 20th June 2015, also copied to Mr. Mbabazi saying that the party has not sponsored any candidate.
“It is clear your party has neither sponsored you nor endorsed you as an aspiring within the meaning of the NRM constitution and law, and that you have no locus standi to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag bearer of NRM.”
Mr. Mbabazi declared his desire to stand for presidency next year first within the NRM as its flag bearer; and later on in the whole country for President in the 2016 Presidential earlier this last week.
On 20th June 24, 2015, NRM General Secretary Justine Kasule Lumumba wrote a letter to the Inspector General of Police in which she highlighted the following;
- Hon Amama Mbabazi is not an aspirant sponsored by the NRM Political Organisation within the meaning of the NRM Constitution and the Law.
- Hon Amama Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission that he intends to contest for President as an NRM flag bearer is not only speculative but also illegal.
- Hon Amama Mbabazi’s aspirations as an aspiring candidate for President for the 2016 General Elections have not been endorsed by NRM and are, therefore, illegal.
- Hon Amama Mbabazi has no Locus Standi to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag bearer of the NRM Political Organisation and/or presidential aspirant under the PEA