Amama Mbabazi Free To Consult Supporters Says Ruhindi


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Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi, while speaking to journalists at Parliament today, says Mbabazi, as a presidential aspirant, is within the law to carry out consultations with supporters if he is planning to formulate his manifesto and election strategies.

Government's Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi says former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi is free to hold consultations in preparation for his bid for the presidency.

Ruhindi to journalists at Parliament that Amama  Mbabazi is free to conduct consultations with supporters if  he plans to formulate his manifesto and election strategies.
Ruhindi, who doubles as the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, however says Mbabazi has to do so within the guidelines of the Public Order Management Act, which regulates public gatherings.

The Act gives the Inspector General of Police powers to give approval to persons who plan to hold public gatherings.

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Mbabazi, who announced his intention to stand for president in the 2016 elections, wrote to the Electoral Commission introducing himself as an aspiring presidential candidate.
In the June 16th letter, Mbabazi also details his countrywide consultation program in preparation for his nomination.

According to the program that runs through the month of July, Mbabazi intends to start his consultation in Mbale on Thursday July 9 followed by Soroti and Moroto on Friday and Saturday respectively
Ruhindi's statement comes after the Electoral Commission spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa told Uganda Radio Network that the Commission does not have a mandate to control consultation meetings organized by people intending to contest for the various political posts.

However, Ruhindi says if Mbabazi is planning to stand within the NRM party, he would be contravening the party guidelines.

"If you are an aspiring candidate through a political party, the party should know of your plans and endorse it," Ruhindi stresses.

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According to the Electoral Commission road map, presidential campaigns will start after nominations due to take place on October 5th and 6th 2015. The NRM delegates' conference is slated for October.


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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.