Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi’s camp has promised to make a response in the near future after NRM Secretary General Justine Lumumba wrote back to the Kinkiizi West MP, approved cheap http://chesapeakecatsanddogs.org/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php reaffirming the need for all contestants in the party to pay nomination fees.
Mbabazi had earlier written to President Museveni expressing concern over what he described as charging of illegal fees.
This was after Mbabazi was told by NRM Electoral Commission chairman, salve page Tanga Odoi that he must pay Shs 20m to contest for the positions of party flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections and party chairman.
However, in response, the former leader of government business in Parliament expressed worry over paying fees which are non-refundable, saying it’s not fair to him.
“I came to see if I can pick the nomination fees now because I have a big dream I am trying to put to test. All I wanted was the regulations to go and read through before paying in the bank. Unlike Makerere where the regulations are made by the statutory instruments, at NRM it’s not the case. The regulations must be given to me to read before paying,” Mbabazi argued.
ChimpReports understands that, in response, Lumumba wrote on July 21 to Mbabazi’s lawyers, Muwema & Co Advocates, saying, “All members who intend to contest for leadership positions in the party are required to pay nomination fees.”
She further stated that the requirement to pay nomination fees is therefore “binding on your client to the extent that he is a registered member of NRM seeking to contest for a leadership position in NRM.”
Mbabazi campaign spokesperson, Ms Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi told this website on Thursday that, “It is true the letter was addressed to our lawyers. I saw it around. But I will let you know when we have something to say.”
On her part, Lumumba said all prospective flag bearers have to appear before the party EC to prove that they have academic qualifications which are prescribed in the national electoral law.
The Secretary General also clarified that the inclusion of offences/penalties and fines was an error.
“CEC while approving the regulations had directed the EC to expunge the said offences, penalties and fines. The regulations have been redrafted to exclude the said offences, penalties and fines,” she wrote.
On Mbabazi’s claims that the NRM rules contravene the NRM Constitution, Lumumba submitted that the “regulations for NRM Primary elections 2015 are not in conflict with the national constitutions and nations laws of Uganda.”
She said the NRM Constitution made under it are binding on all members of NRM members. He said members seeking positions in NRM must pay nomination fees.
Lumumba further tackled Mbabazi’s concern that NRM’s prescribed consent to ethical conduct form is unconstitutional.
“NRM as a political organisation which prepares its flag-bearers for national elections has a duty through the NRM Electoral commission to ascertain that its prospective flag-bearers have academic qualifications which are prescribed in the national electoral law,” argued Lumumba.
“Therefore the requirement for all aspirants to introduce themselves to the NRM Electoral Commission for verification of their academic papers is no in conflict with any law.”
Mbabazi was equally warned on printing campaign materials, with Lumumba revealing that this is done after approval by NRM organs, adding, “To date, no such authority has been granted to any person by the NRM.”
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