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Rwabwogo Disappointed by NRM CEC Decision

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) returns nomination forms for its presidential aspirant Dr Kizza Besigye to the Electoral Commission this week, more about recipe http://communityartsprogram.org/wp-content/plugins/totaldonations/admin-files/admin-offline-settings.php Chimp Corps exclusively report.

According to the plan, prostate http://damnyouautocorrect.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-recaptcha/wp-recaptcha.php FDC’s Deputy Electoral Commission Chairperson, http://corepr.pl/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-table.php Michael Kabaziguruka will walk into EC offices in Kampala where he will tender Besigye’s academic documents and nomination papers.

Kabaziguruka picked the forms a few weeks ago before embarking on a quiet grassroots campaign of mobilising signatures across the country.

“It is true we have finished mobilising signatures for Dr Besigye,” Kabaziguruka told ChimpReports on Monday.

He refused to be drawn into a discussion on Besigye’s nomination since the party is currently holding talks with The Democratic Alliance to field a joint candidate.

Insiders in FDC say Besigye will be nominated with or without the TDA mandate.

“We are looking beyond TDA. All we want is Besigye on the ballot paper in the 2016 presidential elections. TDA is crumbling,” said a highly placed source in the party who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

Besigye, former Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya and DP President Norbert Mao are yet to agree on who should carry the TDA flag against Museveni in the 2016 elections.

The Electoral Commission spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa says the deadline for returning nomination forms has since been extended from Sept. 21 to Sept. 29.

This was after complaints from aspirants that travelling across Uganda in search for nomination signatures required more time than provided by EC.

No turning back

Moses Byamugisha, an FDC official, said plans are underway to ensure Besigye’s nomination as a presidential candidate.

“Join us on Monday 5th October as we accompany the People’s President Dr Kiiza Besigye to Namboole for presidential nominations. We shall overcome,” he said on social media on Monday.

Another FDC leader, John Kikonyogo said TDA would rather wind up and “don’t waste our time,” adding, “Let candidates plan their presidential campaigns instead of engaging them in incessant useless TDA meetings.”

However, Mao called for restraint, arguing that a joint candidate would be a force to reckon with in a fierce battle with President Museveni in the 2016 elections.

“I do not buy the argument that some bases will not support a particular candidate so we should have multiple candidates,” said Mao on Sunday.

“If we all exercise leadership and as indeed we declared in our nomination papers that we would rally behind one of us, TDA will be a big winner.”
Kampala businessman Mr Odrek Rwabwogo has reacted to Friday’s decision by the ruling NRM Executive committee to discontinue his candidacy for the party Vice Chairperson seat, ailment http://cerlalc.org/wp-includes/comment.php Western Uganda saying that he was disappointed but respectful of the decision.

The Central Executive Committee (CEC) while meeting at State House in Entebbe dropped Rwabwogo from the race, this site leaving the incumbent Gen Matayo Kyaligonza unopposed, medications after another candidate Maj Kahinda Otafiire stepped down.

The committee members are said to have intended to consolidate party cohesion at the top, amid bad blood and hard exchanges that followed Rwabwogo announcement of his candidature.

Rwabwogo, who is also Chairman Yoweri Museveni’s son-in-law has in the past weeks been spreading a clear message in his nationwide campaigns that the ruling party needed young blood to reinvigorate the party structures which have been gradually decaying.

Rwabwogo was on Friday in the middle of his campaign in Bushenyi district when the news reached him from Entebbe.

“I would like to state that while we are disappointed by the party Central Executive Committee’s decision, I will abide by and accept it,” he said in a statement.

Rwabwogo noted that his candidature was premised on the need to strengthen the party at the lower level by ‘bringing ideological mentorship, taking responsibility of the party to the district and sharing ideas on financial security so that structures can function better.’

In the last couple of months he says, he went to 10 different regions and met with over 5000 delegates, held interviews and disseminated information materials about the party ideology.

“We strongly believe that this work should continue because of the growing need for ideological mentorship amongst our structures to ultimately strengthen our party,” he added.

The dropping of Rwabwogo has since raised questions about the ruling party’s purported commitment to pass on responsibility to the younger generation, as the chairman Yoweri Museveni has often alluded.

During the Friday meeting, businessman Hakim Lukenge was equally rejected by CEC for the post of National Vice Chairperson which is being held by the historical Moses Kigongo.

The Vice Chairperson for Eastern Uganda, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga also emerged unopposed.

 


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