Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi who is set to contest for presidency met National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) chaired by president Museveni on Friday and informed them that he is ashamed of the party’s recent actions.
“I am ashamed of these recent actions. I am ashamed because they confirm a long held suspicion that we have deviated from our original vision, mission, character, aims and objectives,” Mbabazi told CEC as he winded up a detailed statement.
He added; “I am ashamed because the continuous use of state machinery in this competition and the use of Police for political objectives threaten to turn Uganda into a Police State.”
Mbabazi lamented that new rules and regulations passed a month after his public declaration are meant to curtail any chances of his standing within NRM as Flag-bearer and National Chairman.
He noted that it started in February 2014 when Kyankwazi sole candidature resolution was passed to curtail anyone from contesting for the party’s top seat.
On party regulations that bind members not to stand as an independent candidate should one lose in NRM primaries, Mbabazi said that it is inconstant with in Article 72 (4) of the Constitution, which says; “Any person is free to stand for an election as candidate, independent of a political organization or political party.”
He told the committee that while police has been arresting his supporters for donning t-shirts, holding small gatherings and possessing posters, several anti Mbabazi demonstrations were held in towns across Uganda where people wearing pro-Museveni t-shirts, and holding banners and posters were being escorted by the police.
On nomination fee, Mbabazi maintained his stand that it wrong for NRM to request party aspirants to pay nomination fee before accessing forms.
“Typically fees are paid at the time one submits their papers for evaluation in order for nomination to occur.”
Mbabazi cautioned the committee that he will continue embodying true purpose and identity of the party.
“I will remain steadfast to our principles even if I find I stand alone. I will stay the course. Those who wish to veer off are free to do so but I will not be going with them,” he said.
The meeting chaired by President Museveni and attended by Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, Luweero NRM chairman Abdul Nadduli, Soroti Municipality MP Mike Mukula, and NRM vice chairman Moses Kigongo.