A four-star General, Gen. Yoweri Museveni, a three-star General, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde and a two-star General, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu are the three candidates who have so far been nominated for next year’s presidential elections.
The three Luweero bush war comrades were coincidentally nominated in the descending order of their military ranks on the first day of the nomination exercise which ends on Tuesday, November 3.
Museveni is the flag bearer for the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Muntu is for the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) while Tumukunde is Independent but riding under the pressure group, Renewed Uganda.
The only civilian aspirants, Nancy Linda Kalembe and John Katumba were turned away by the Electoral Commission (EC) after they failed to show proof of payment of the mandatory non-refundable nomination fee of Shs 20 million.
Kalembe, the only female aspirant travelled the longest distance to the nomination venue, having driven about 112 kms from the Eastern Uganda district of Iganga. Unfortunately, she hadn’t prepared well, that the EC chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama gave her the unpleasant news.
“You have failed to comply with section 10(6) which requires you to pay a nonrefundable fee of 20million Shillings before appearing for nomination. As a result, we are not able to nominate you because you have not fully complied with the requirement for nomination as a presidential candidate. So please could your agents come for your papers,” Byabakama said.
Before her, the Byabakama commission had turned away Katumba, a 24-year-old fresh university graduate.
Paul Bukenya, the acting EC spokesperson said, the two have up to tomorrow to make the payments and return for nomination.
Earlier, Katumba had to run to the nomination centre at Kyambogo University Cricket Playground after his car got a flat tyre near Spear Motors at Nakawa. For the remainder of the journey to Kyambogo, he and his seconder had to run after police refused them to drive on a flat tyre.