A team of lawyers representing former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has responded to the Electoral Commission, National Resistance Movement Secretary General and Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura notifying them that their client (Amama Mbabazi) is an “aspiring candidate” not a” presidential candidate” and that no law can bar him from holding consultative meetings.
The letter dated 24th June 2015 is addressed to the Chairman Electoral Commission
“From the onset, we wish to clarify that in the communication to you, our client made it absolutely clear, he was introducing himself as an aspiring candidate for president 2016 general elections,” the reply reads
It adds; “This was done in accordance with section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act 16 of 2015. At no point did our client state that he is a Presidential Candidate or flag bearer of National Resistance Movement.”
Mr. Mbabazi’s lawyers further asserted that article 48(1) and 48(2) (9) of the NRM quoted by the party’s secretary general is irreverent and quoted out of context. “It deals with a candidate as opposed to an aspiring candidate.”
“Neither NRM constitution nor NRM Electoral Commission (Primary Elections) regulation expressly or by implication bars any bona fide member of NRM to express his or her intention as an aspirant for candidate for president nor makes it a precondition to seek and obtain consent or any form of clearance from the NRM party or Electoral Commission,” the response states.
The lawyers also cautioned NRM and Police that any attempt to bar Mbabazi would be illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to principles of good governance.
The response comes just a day after inspector general of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura wrote to Amama notifying him that his programme to hold public meetings have not been cleared by the police and cannot go ahead.
On 20th June 24, 2015, National Resistance Movement (NRM) General Secretary Justine Kasule Lumumba penned a letter to inspector general of police informing him that Amama Mbabazi’s intention to start consultation meeting meetings as a NRM flag bearer is speculative but also illegal.