President Museveni yesterday formally confirmed his interest in running in next year’s presidential elections on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket when he picked nomination forms from the party headquarters.
The NRM electoral commission chairman, Dr Tanga Odoi, said: “The only person who has picked expression of interest forms and nomination forms for the presidential flag bearer as of 12:30pm this afternoon is President Museveni. He sent his personal lawyers who also picked forms for national chairperson.”
Dr Odoi said Mr Museveni, who is seeking a sixth elective term as president, paid Shs10m for nomination as presidential flag bearer and Shs10m as national NRM chairperson.
As of yesterday, former Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa as the only NRM member who had expressed interest in challenging Mr Museveni for the national chairperson seat.
Mr Museveni has since the resumption of multiparty politics in 2005 been elected the party’s national chairperson unopposed despite some incidents where challengers would show up but pull out shortly after.
Mr Ssimbwa said he is determined to go up to the end in challenging Mr Museveni for national chairperson in the National Delegates Conference slated for August 7 to 8.
By resolution, the district delegates will not travel for the usual conference to Mandela National Stadium Namboole due to the fear of the spread of Covid-19 but will give their endorsement through teleconferencing.