Stop Branding Members As Mbabazi Supporters - Museveni

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President Yoweri Museveni says branding National Resistance Movement members as supporters of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi is affecting the party.

The National Resistance Movement party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni cautions against branding party members as supporters of presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi.

Museveni says those who support Amama Mbabazi should be able to express themselves, and come out to declare themselves.
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Museveni noted that Mbabazi had clearly stated that he had become independent, and urged those who want to join him to do so.

He added that if there are some NRM members acting as moles, these will be discovered and the party will then deal with them.

Museveni told the party National Executive Committee members at State House, Entebbe on Saturday evening that NRM is very serious with serious people and that nobody will play around with them. 
NRM electoral commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi was the first to raise the matter during NRM primaries, claiming that such branding was giving Mbabazi support.
Mbabazi was sacked as Prime Minister in September, 2014 and was also replaced as NRM Secretary General three months later.
Mbabazi then officially in a letter to President Museveni declared that he would be contesting against him as the NRM party Chairman as well as for Presidency. However, Mbabazi later decided to go independent.

Both Museveni and Mbabazi are scheduled for nomination by the Electoral Commission as presidential candidates for the 2016 race on 3rd November.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.