THE GAME is on!!! President Yoweri Museveni and his former colleague John Patrick Amama Mbabazi have been duly nominated as presidential candidates for next year’s elections.
Museveni was proposed by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and seconded by State Minister for Youth and Children Evelyn Anite for nomination as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer.
The Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mr Badru Kiggundu declared former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi as a duly nominated presidential candidate a few hours after favorite Museveni.
Mbabazi was seconded by Kitgum woman MP Beatrice Anywar (FDC member) and Kween county MP Chemswet Abdi (NRM member) as the Go Forward candidate.
Shortly after his nomination, JPAM- as he is popularly referred to- said he intends to bring about change in the country.
While addressing the media shortly after his nomination at Mandela National Stadium Namboole, Museveni said he will embark on some of the unfulfilled pledges he made in the last presidential elections.
“I’m here because the party fronted me. Afterthe liberation struggle, recovery phase and building foundation, Uganda is ready for take-off. NRM will stick to prioritization in development planning to address Uganda’s challenges,” he is quoted.
Mbabazi on the other hand promised a new high level of politics in Uganda.
“I’m happy that I’m now officially a presidential candidate for the 2016 elections. From today onwards, Uganda will be taken to a different level in terms of politics and the way we run campaigns. Our primary mission is to bring about change,” he said.
Former Makerere University VC Prof Venansius Baryamureeba (Independent) has also been nominated.