MPs Ogong, Lyomoki Oppose Museveni's Sole Candidature
Two National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament have dismissed a resolution by the party's top decision making organ-the Central Executive Committee (CEC) endorsing President Yoweri Museveni as sole candidate in the 2021 elections.
Museveni's sole candidature resolution was reached yesterday after a 5-day CEC retreat in Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya district which he chaired.
MPs Felix Okot Ogong representing Dokolo South and Workers Representative Sam Lyomoki have in the past expressed interest in running for the party's presidential flag bearer but were locked out.
Ogong picked nomination forms in 2005 to contest against Museveni as the NRM flag bearer for the 2006 elections. CEC eventually advised and kicked Ogong out of the race.
Lyomoki, despite several declarations to run against Museveni for the party ticket, has never successfully picked nomination forms.
The former NRM Secretary General Amama Mbabazi and Captain Daudi Ruhinda Maguru were also in the recent past locked out by party organ resolutions.
Ruhinda Maguru says that the decision by the party's top organ is just a wish and not a final position for Uganda since it's only Ugandans who will determine the leadership of the Country.
Ogong described CEC's resolution as a non- starter advising that the party organ should wait for the time of election of presidential flag bearer as stated in the party's Constitution.
He criticized the CEC proposal also noting that the decision could have been reached in duress since President Yoweri Museveni chairman of the top party organ.
He added that CEC's resolution is one of the plots that have been made previously to ensure that President Museveni continues leading the country without any competition.