Mbabazi, Odoi Clash Over Nomination Fees Top story

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The ex-premier said there was no justification as to why he should first pay money to commit himself without reading the guidelines.

There was an exchange this morning at the National Resistance Movement secretariat between Dr. Tanga Odoi, the party Electoral Commission chairman and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.  It all started after Mbabazi showed up at the secretariat to pick up nomination forms to contest for the position of NRM party chairman and Presidential flag bearer without paying the nomination fees.
 
 
According to the party guidelines, all aspirants are expected to pay nomination fees for the various positions they are eyeing before they are issued with the nomination forms and party code. Those vying for election as party chairman and presidential candidates are required to pay Shillings 10M for each position into the party account.
  
After paying the money, the aspirants present the deposit slip to the party Electoral Commission before they are issued with the party code and nomination papers. However, this morning Mbabazi showed up at the party secretary without the deposit slip and demanded for the nominations and party code. 

The ex-premier said there was no justification as to why he should first pay money to commit himself without reading the code.  
 
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However, Dr. Tanga Odoi, the party Electoral Commission chairman cited universities which compel students to pay admission fees before getting the rules. Mbabazi dismissed the example saying universities operate on statutes, which isn't the case with NRM.
 
However, Odoi wouldn't have any of this. He insisted that Mbabazi first clears the nomination fees before he receives the nomination papers and party code. Odoi also reminded the ex-prime minister that he was a member of the NRM Central Executive Committee, which endorsed the regulations.
 
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He however, told the former prime minister that the NRM Central Executive Committee would meet later today to review the guidelines.  Mbabazi said he would wait for the outcomes of the meeting before deciding on a way forward.
 

 

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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.