The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has booked November 2, 2020 to nominate Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as a presidential candidate for the 2021 elections.
A letter signed by the party Secretary General, Justine Lumumba and seen by this reporter indicates that she will present the 76-year-old veteran leader before the EC on the said date at 10am.
“In response to the Electoral Commission Election Road map (2020/2021), the National Resistance Movement nominate November 2, 2020 at 10am as the date and time, respectively, on which the NRM Secretary General will present NRM Presidential flag bearer H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for nomination as a Presidential Candidate 2021-26. The purpose of this letter is to communicate the above, book the afore-mentioned date and time and request to be informed about the venue where nominations will take place,” reads part of the letter dated September 15, 2020.
President Museveni who has been in power since 1986 was recently declared NRM flag bearer unopposed.
Museveni faces stiff competition from the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who’s lately seen as his biggest critic.
The 38-year-old who hopes to block Museveni’s plan to extend his rule to the fourth decade accuses the veteran leader of overstaying in power.
With growing youth unemployment, skyrocketing corruption level, impunity among members of the ruling party and ministers, nepotism, income inequality, high poverty levels and poor education system among others economic challenges, the singer-turned politician’s songs have attracted a big following, especially among the youth who have known one leader since they were born.
Other aspirants include former army commander Maj-Gen Mugisha Muntu, who got the ticket to represent a party he recently founded after leaving the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and former journalist-turned preacher Joseph Kabuleta, a rabid critic of President Museveni’s government.
The list also includes former spy chief Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde; Charles Rwomushana, a former operative at the Internal Security Organisation turned-political commentator.
Another notable aspirant is the president of the Democratic Party Norbert Mao who threw his hat into the ring recently during a town hall meeting to discuss “delivering safe and credible elections amidst Covid-19 in Uganda” held at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel. It will be his second attempt.