President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been duly nominated to contest as a presidential candidate in the 2021 elections.
Museveni, 76, from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party, was today nominated by the Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama after he presented the required documents.
“I…, hereby declare Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta, a duly nominated candidate in respect to the Presidential Elections 2021 having fulfilled the requirements as per the Presidential elections act 2005 as amended,” announced the Electoral Commission chairman.
Among the requirements are the payment of UGX 20million as nomination fees, certificate of compliance to EC guidelines, proof of registration as a voter and minimum education (‘level) education certificate.
Speaking prior to nomination, Justice Byabakama appealed to all presidential aspirants to ensure they provide the commission with their planned campaign schedule. Though no date has yet been fixed for the 2021 presidential vote, it is typically held in February.
“Candidates are asked to provide us with their campaign schedule by 9th November 2020 to help with harmonisation of the campaign,” he said.
For his part, Museveni thanked Gaddafi Nasur, the chairperson of the NRM Youth League and Hellen Seku, a resident of Kamuli in Kira Municipality for seconding his nomination adding that at today’s nomination, his focus will be to emphasize measures against the Covid-19 pandemic and security.
“Covid-19 is deadly and is killing our people. In recent days, among others, we lost an environment expert, Paul Mafabi, and my good friend, Francis Xavier Kitaka, the veterinary expert and entrepreneur. Do not take this disease lightly,” Museveni said, adding that, “The talk that the villages are insulated from Covid-19 is false.”
He called on all Ugandans to continue following health experts’ guidelines, “Sanitize, wear masks and observe social distancing.”
The incumbent President also warned those with plans of causing chaos, that the plans would fail.
“I hear talk that some people want to cause chaos. Those plans will not succeed. Anyone planning mischief will fail. No one should threaten Ugandans with chaos,” Museveni said.
Critics however say Museveni has been using anti-coronavirus measures like bans on public gatherings to secure an advantage and stymie preparations by opponents.
In power since 1986, Museveni has won five presidential elections and in 2017 Uganda’s parliament, dominated by NRM lawmakers, removed an age cap from the constitution, allowing him to seek another term.
His tenure is only surpassed in Africa by Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang, who has ruled since 1979 and Cameroon’s Paul Biya, who has ruled since 1982.