Defiant 2016 presidential aspirant and former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi was denied nomination forms after he refused to pay a nomination fee worth Shs20million.
“You don’t touch any document of mine until you pay,” the NRM EC chairman Tanga Odoi said.
“You mean i should pay before i can get forms?” Mbabazi questioned Tanga who explained the whole procedure.
Mbabazi then requested to read the regulations and guidelines before paying but Odoi insisted that he must pay first.
“I only wanted to read the law before I pay,” said Mbabazi adding that “I have no problem with paying. These are nomination fees, not fees leading to my nomination.”
“Why do i have to pay nomination fees if i am still aspiring?”
Mbabazi later said that he will wait for the amendments to be made.
“I’m only using logic. You can’t pay for what you don’t see. I will now wait for the amendments as promised by Odoi.”
NRM EC chairman assured Mbabazi that he is a principled man and he has a CV to protect.
“I have a CV to protect. Every candidate must follow the law,” Tanga assured Mbabazi adding that; “There is a different between NRM caucus and the EC I head. I am a principled person.”
“Constitution of NRM gives EC powers to set guidelines that must be approved by CEC. We did so, and they were approved by CEC.”
Odoi later thanked Mbabazi for turning up.
“I thank Amama Mbabazi for testing the waters, and am sure no one harassed him while here.”