Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has picked nomination papers to contest as a presidential candidate during the 2016 national elections.
Amama Mbabazi who was accompanied by his wife Jacqueline picked the forms on Monday morning from the offices of the National Electoral Commission. Amama who has previously made known his presidential through the social media posted this shortly on his facebook page.
“This morning, my wife Jacqueline and I fulfilled the first step towards nominations as Presidential Candidate in the Presidential elections for 2016, by picking up nomination forms in person”.
After picking the forms Amama later notified the Electoral Commission that he will begin countrywide consultations to gather signatures to back up his presidential candidature. In a letter dated on the 16th of August Amama informs the Electoral Commission that he will begin his countrywide tour on 24 August to 24th September to collect signatures for his candidature.
Police has in the past blocked Amama from conducting countrywide consultations arguing that he was not cleared by his party the National Resistance Movement.
However by picking forms today, Amama has made it clear that he is standing as an independent candidate.
Amama Mbabazi, S.C. (born: John Patrick Mbabazi; alias: Ahmed Mbayo, Dr. Karyaburo) was the 10th Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda and a founder of the National Resistance Movement (political sibling to the National Resistance Army that came to power in 1986).
He has served as its Secretary General from 2005, when the National Delegates Conference of the NRM party elected him. His second and final term, which began in 2011, will be completed in 2016.
He has served in government since 1986 in various capacities beginning as Director General of ESO (1986-1992). He held three major ministerial posts as Minister of Security (2006-2011), Minister of Defence (2001-2006) and Attorney General (2004-2005), holding the latter two positions at the same time and earning him the nickname “Super Minister”. He currently serves as the Member of Parliament for Kinkizi West, a position he has occupied since 1996.
A graduate of Makerere University and lawyer by profession, Amama was secretary of the Uganda Law Council (1977-1978) and later a partner in the law firm, Kategaya, Mbabazi and Tumwesigye, Advocates (1981).
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