Mbabazi not in the clear to meet voters-Uganda police


Amama Mbabazi has formerly announced he will challenge President Yoweri Museveni for NRM presidential nomination

Amama Mbabazi has formerly announced he will challenge President Yoweri Museveni for NRM presidential nomination

The police in Uganda have rebuffed reported in local media that President Yoweri Museveni has given former premier and 2016 Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi to meet voters in the eastern town of Mbale, Thursday.

Reports have been circulating in local print and broadcasting media that the two erstwhile allies in the governing National Resistance Movement (NRM) met in the capital Kampala and they agreed the former premier is free to “consult” with voters in Mbale but the police has denied these “false” and “misleading” reports.

“We would wish to categorically state, that the police has no communication to that effect (purpoted Museveni-Mbabazi meeting), and thus, its position over the intended meetings deemed unlawful still remains unchanged” Fred Enanga, Uganda Police Spokeman said in a statement Wednesday.

The police spokesman also warned media outlets that are broadcasting and printing “false” reports.

“Therefore, those media houses that are broadcasting and labeling these lies, are working against their professional ethics of providing high quality news. This illegal and prohibited conduct shall not be tolerated by the Police,” Enanga said

Mbabazi’s camp maintains he met with the president on Tuesday night and Thursday’s meeting was discussed and agreed upon.

Ever since he announced he is running for president last month, Mbabazi has received police, government, NRM, and the country’s election commission’s warnings that his meetings with voters are illegal but the former premier has been adamant his political activities are lawful.

His supporters have been rounded up and his election posters vandalized.

Mbabazi is vying for the governing party’s nomination against a popular chairman, and incumbent president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni.

On several occasions, Mbabazi has indicated he is running unopposed since “Museveni hasn’t announced he is running”

Uganda is due to hold presidential election next year, and President Museveni is the favourite to win.

He has been in power since 1986, but this will be the first time he faces a ‘formidable’ challenge within his party; NRM.

On the opposition side, former Army Commander General (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu and 2-time presidential candidate Col. (Rtd) Kiiza Besigye are fighting for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) nomination.