KAMPALA – Several members of the Opposition, who were recently appointed ministers, on Thursday picked nomination forms seeking to carry the NRM flag in next year’s parliamentary elections.
They include Ms Beti Kamya (Lands) who picked forms for Rubaga North, Ms Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi (State, Youth and Children Affairs) who picked the forms for Bukomansimbi, and Ms Beatrice Anywar (State, Environment) who also picked forms for Kitgum Municipality. Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among, formerly a member of FDC, also picked NRM forms.
Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasimire, who was declared by the People Power pressure group as one of their coordinators, also picked the nomination forms for NRM.
“I have always been NRM. I have never left it. People Power is just a club where you just go to drink. When you get drunk, you come back how. I have come back home,” Mr Tinkasimire said.
Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya also picked nomination forms, seeking to contest in Busiro North, Wakiso District. FUFA president Moses Magogo also picked forms for Budiope East MP seat, as well as Vice President Edward Ssekandi (Bukoto Central).
The NRM electoral commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi, said 286 aspirants picked forms on day one. “This shows you the kind of interest people have in the party. We are an organised and accountable party. Picking and returning of nomination forms ends on July 30 and we shall not extend because we have to move to another level,” Dr Odoi said.