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According to Mwesige, the NRM party constitution bars Mbabazi from contesting as independent since he is a registered member of the ruling party.

The ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party says it will block the nomination of former prime minister Amama Mbabazi should he fail to resign from the party.

Adolf Mwesige, the head of the NRM legal team says much as Mbabazi has already picked nomination forms to contest as an independent presidential candidate he is still bound by the NRM party constitution as a member.
 
Mbabazi picked nomination forms on Monday and is scheduled to embark on a countrywide consultation tour and collect signatures from two-thirds of the districts as required by law.
 
According to Mwesige, the NRM party constitution bars Mbabazi from contesting as independent since he is a registered member of the ruling party.
 
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He says should the Electoral Commission fail to act on their petition, they will seek legal redress. But in his response, Mbabazi told URN that he is not bound by the NRM constitution.
 
Mbabazi said much as he is still a registered member of the NRM party, the national constitution allows him to contest for any position as an independent.
 
The former PM, who served the current government for 29 years,  was fired as NRM party secretary general early this year over his presidential ambition

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.