NRM SG Warns Losers Against Contesting as Independents Top story

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Mubarak Kalungi, the NRMs Legal Officer says the party Electoral Commission is waiting for official declaration from the aggrieved members before it can take action

Any NRM member who stands as an Independent in the 2016 general elections faces automatic expulsion from the party, the Secretary General Justine Lumumba has warned.

The warning comes only a few days after several incumbents lost in the NRM primaries for mayoral, parliamentary and LC V chairperson flag bearers and vowed to contest as independents. They cited flaws in the party primaries.
According to Lumumba, the NRM party constitution is very clear on members who lose in the primaries and stand as independents.

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During nominations of aspirants, the NRM party Electoral Commission compelled members to sign a strict code, committing not to stand as independents, once they lose in the party primaries. 

Lumumba advises all aggrieved party members to seek redress instead of going independent. Lumumba revealed that an independent committee, whose constitution she declined to mention, will be set up to look into the different issues arising out of the primaries. 

She told journalists at a media briefing this afternoon that the party secretariat is waiting for a report from the NRM Electoral Commission on the primaries before making recommendations to the party chairman for action.


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Mubarak Kalungi, the NRM's Legal Officer says the party Electoral Commission is waiting for official declaration from the aggrieved members before it can take action.

"Every case in law is handled by its merit.  We are waiting for those cases and resolve them as they come. However, the party is clear on the case of members not standing as Independents," Mubarak stresses.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.