Museveni Nominated as NRM Chairperson, Presidential Candidate

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been nominated to contest as the Chairperson of the ruling National Resistance Movement-and presidential candidate in the 2021 elections.

Museveni was nominated by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda for the position of party chairman and seconded by Gaddafi Nasur, the chairperson of the NRM youth league and Amina Lukanga Nanziri, a resident of Makindye in Kampala.

He was nominated by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda for the position of party Presidential candidate and seconded by Gaddafi Nasur, the chairperson of the NRM youth league and Hellen Seku, a resident of Kamuli in Kira municipality.

Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, said so far is there is no challenger for Museveni as none of his rivals have returned nomination forms for both offices.  

He explained that as the party Electoral Commission they are satisfied with the candidature of Museveni and without a doubt, he’s the best person to lead Uganda.       

Odoi also dismissed the claims that they have frustrated attempts by other party members to challenge Museveni. 

He said as a Commission, for as long as a member has fulfilled the conditions set by the Central Executive Committee of the party, they don’t have any problem nominating them.    

Last week, the former Makindye East Member of Parliament John Ssimbwa picked nomination papers to challenge Museveni for the position of NRM party chairperson. 

He however, failed to return the nomination forms and accused Odoi of failing to avail him with the guidelines that were to be followed.

Ssimbwa said the Commission was working very hard to frustrate anybody from contesting against Museveni, who CEC had already endorsed as sole candidate.  

To Richard Todwong, the NRM Deputy Secretary General, Museveni’s leadership hasn’t only been a blessing to the party but also the country. 

He thanked him for accepting to be the party chairman and flag bearer when they called upon him.     

Todwongo called upon candidates for various positions to exercise maximum decorum and respect for those they are contesting with saying, the NRM is built on firm principles of respect and discipline.

“We have read through the press and witnessed how many political organizations are crumbling and collapsing simply because of internal intolerance. But we are grateful that the membership of NRM is a little more purified, ideologically firm and matured,” Todwongo said.    

For his part, Museveni said his focus in his sixth elective term as president, will be on steering the country towards fighting the corona virus disease, income inequality, regional trade and the East African federation.        

If elected in January 2021, Museveni will have led Uganda collectively for 40 years. 

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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