Mbabazi TDA Nomination Expected Today Top story

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Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is expected to return TDA presidential nomination forms today, after the alliance extended the deadline up to midday.

The Democratic Alliance has agreed to bend its rules and accept the nomination forms of presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi.

The nomination for aspirants for the position of joint opposition presidential candidate closed on Thursday at 4pm. Mbabazi, who was holding consultation meetings in Jinja, sent his lawyers to file his nomination forms but, he arrived six minutes late.

Mbabazi has been granted up to 12noon, today, to return the nomination forms. This, after the coalition met Thursday evening and decided to extend the deadline up to midday on Friday to allow him to return the forms.

Mbabazi's lawyer Severino Twinobusingye held a meeting with members of the TDA summit on Thursday evening, and presented a request from Mbabazi to have the deadline extended.

MP Muwanga Kivumbi, who was part of the summit meeting confirmed to URN that Mbabazi was given up to midday Friday to submit his nomination forms.

On 3rd September, former NRM secretary general in a meeting with the TDA summit tabled proposed amendments to the TDA protocol, and requested for extension of the deadline for aspiring presidential candidates to submit nomination forms.

TDA had earlier set a 5th September deadline for receiving nomination forms from aspirants but extended it to 10th September, following requests from a number of interested parties. 

Amama Mbabazi, who through his lawyer picked nominated forms at TDA on Wednesday evening, was expected to return them by Thursday 4pm but instead insisted on his earlier request of extension of the deadline to 17th September.

Mbabazi fell out with the ruling National Resistance Movement party over his presidential ambition last year. He picked forms from the Electoral Commission to contest as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential race.


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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.