President Yoweri Museveni became the first candidate to nominate for the 2021 presidential elections as he seeks to extend his occupancy of the State House to 40 years.
The Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama declared Museveni a duly nominated candidate at 10:36am.
The president arrived at Kyambogo University grounds, the venue for the nominations, driving in his presidential motorcade, as opposed to earlier pronouncements by the NRM secretary-general, Justine Kasule Lumumba that Museveni would use the NRM bus.
The bus, painted in NRM colours with an imposing portrait of the NRM presidential candidate was by 9am parked at the Kyaddondo Road based NRM headquarters ready to take the NRM team to the nomination venue.
At about 9:30am, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda boarded the bus followed by Lumumba, Emmanuel Dombo, the director of Information and Publicity at the NRM secretariat as well as Gaddafi Nasur and Helen Seku who were Museveni’s nominator and seconder respectively.
Also aboard was Hajjat Shamsa Bakari a wife to the late Sheikh Zubairi Bakari who worked with Museveni since the 1970s and Capt Muhammad Mubiru, a Luweero bush war veteran.
Before setting off, Lumumba told NBS TV that they were heading to the Nakasero State House for Museveni to board the bus and continue to Kyambogo.
Museveni however opted to use his official car with his wife who also doubles as Education and Sports minister, Janet Kataaha.
Speaking to journalists shortly after his nomination, Museveni said that in this election, he will put much emphasis on the safety of Ugandans in light of the Covid-19 threat.
“I have not checked the current statistics, but the last time I checked, 110 people had died of Covid-19,” Museveni said.
Museveni also warned of tough action against people who he said want to disturb the country’s peace.