How Uganda’s presidential aspirants are more colourful than those vying to replace Obama

Former Makerere Univeristy Vice Chancelor Prof Venansius Baryamuleeba who transform,ed the university from 22 to 9th in the world university table. Can he repeat that for his beleaguered country?
Former Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Venansius Baryamureeba who transformed the university from 20th position to 9th in the Africa universities table. Can he repeat the same for his beleaguered country or is his move into politics a mistake?

With so many candidates in the mix for the 2016 Uganda general elections, some announced, some soon to announce, and some still on the fence, it’s tough to keep track of who is a serious contender against Uganda’s incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. To help out with that, our Kampala Political Correspondent Ruth Namatovu takes a closer look at the state of the field of Uganda’s presidential aspirants and discovers some bewildering characters.

On Monday, former Prime Minister and Secretary General of the ruling party the National Resistance Movement (NRM), John Patrick Amama Mbabazi picked nomination forms as an independent candidate, something that irked the NRM. According to Justine Lumumba, the new secretary general of the NRM party, Mbabazi’s candidature as an independent is a violation of the NRM’s code of conduct and therefore, the former premier risks being sued.

“Mbabazi cannot stand as an independent because he has not returned [his] NRM card” said Lumumba while addressing NRM cadres at Katikati restaurant along Lugogo by-pass in Kampala. She added that Mbabazi had abused the NRM’s code of conduct of the party for which he registered as a member and therefore risked being dragged to the courts of law. “Our lawyers are looking into this matter and when they conclude their findings, we will let the entire nation know of the outcome,” Lumumba said before urging all NRM cadres to stay calm as they sort out that jig–saw-puzzle.

Last month, Mbabazi went to the NRM headquarters on Kyadondo Road in Kampala to pick up his nomination forms to stand against his former master, the current President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the party primary elections. But he abandoned the idea after discovering that the party rules of not allowing them to stand as independents after losing in the party primaries was a violation of the constitution of Uganda that gives the people the right to vie for any post in the country.

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