Uganda’s former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi on Monday announced that he will run for president in next year’s polls, to challenge his former close ally, President Yoweri Museveni who sacked him last September. Uganda
“I will be seeking your vote, first within my party, the NRM (National Resistance Movement) as its flag bearer, and later on in the whole country for president,” Mbabazi said in a five-minute video issued by his press office.
His supporters were said to intend to stage demonstrations in the capital Kampala and other major towns but police had vowed a ban and threatened those who organize or join the demonstrations will face the law.
“The coming election is… about reinvigorating our country and making it fit for the 21st century and beyond. And it is about breathing new life into our system of government — a system that has become weak and inefficient,” he said.
Mbabazi stepped down as prime minister and secretary general of the ruling NPM last year after being accused of using the positions to fulfill his own presidential ambition.
He now becomes one of the strongest contenders against 70-year- old Museveni who has been in power for almost 30 years, as analysts say he still has clout.
However, the NPM has already chosen Museveni as its candidate in elections next year.
Mbabazi didn’t reveal whether he will join the opposition or run independently if he cannot win the party nomination, but his associate and former minister, Hope Mwesigye, last week attended a ceremony where the opposition announced the formation of an alliance against Museveni.
Uganda is expected to hold its general elections in February next year. Enditem

-Xinhua

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