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John Katumba Finally Nominated After Clearing Shs 20m Nomination Fee

The Electoral Commission has finally nominated John Katumba, the youngest candidate in the presidential race after paying the mandatory nomination fee of 20 million shillings.

Katumba had his documents rejected by the Electoral Commission on Monday after he failed to pay the nomination fee to the bank.

Katumba said he was a fresh graduate who had not worked anywhere to attain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) number required to pay money in the bank.

He, as a result, came with cash to the nomination venue at Kyambogo University Sports Grounds but the Commission could not accept it.

Katumba was tasked to deposit money in the bank before returning this Tuesday for nomination.

The Electoral Commission chairman Justice Simon Byabakama has officially declared him a presidential candidate.

“I Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon being the Returning Officer for the nomination of presidential candidates, declare you Katumba John a duly nominated candidate in respect of presidential elections 2021 having fulfilled the nomination requirements under the Presidential Elections Act 2005 as amended,” said Byabakama.

After he was duly nominated, Katumba pledged to tackle many challenges including unemployment, corruption, land grabbing among others.

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“I will fight what we call unemployment because that is more in youth. I am a fellow youth and I know what it means. I am a fresh graduate from Makerere and I know what it means. I know how it feels like when your mother or father or guardian pays money and at the end of the day you sit down and end up without a job,” said Katumba.

“I am going to fight land grabbing. Whatever is happening in terms of land grabbing is not from heaven. I am going to make sure I protect Ugandans and their property. I am going to fight as much as possible to make sure we have zero corruption in Uganda,” he added.

Katumba also vowed to tackle human trafficking, depreciation of Ugandan currency and construct “high quality roads” among others.

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