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Museveni warns independent candidates

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    By New Vision

    PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni yesterday warned party members who lost the primaries that his party “will not tolerate independent candidates” in the coming general elections.

    In his acceptance speech after he was announced as the NRM flag-bearer for the presidential elections next year, Museveni said whoever lost in the primaries due to malpractices can challenge the results and the elections can be repeated.

    “But nobody should talk of independence. Bring facts, show that you were cheated and we shall repeat the elections if need be. But we are not going to tolerate independents,” Museveni said. “You can’t be both: either you are inside or outside.”

    He spoke after the announcement of results of the top positions of the party after a two-day national conference for 15,000 delegates from across the country.

    Museveni was also returned unopposed as the party chairman at Naboole in Kampala in the wee hours of Monday.

    In his address, the President said the party opted for the universal adult suffrage in the primaries to avoid independents.

    Museveni appealed to all competitors to remain calm. “I appeal to you leaders and your supporters to change your attitude and remain calm. If there is fraud, don’t panic, bring the facts and if they are proved, the elections can be cancelled and the people involved will be charged,” the President said.

    Museveni said the party leadership would only work with individuals who have crossed from other parties, but want to remain independents provided they sign a memorandum of understanding with the NRM party.

    Pointing at Kampala Mayor Nasser Sebaggala, who was seated with a group of ministers, he said: “We shall only accept and work with friendly individuals, but independent, like Mayor Sebaggala.”

    He promised that the NRM electoral commission will start investigating petitions this week. By Friday, 350 petitions had been filed with the party secretariat.

    The President also dismissed reports that he asked VP Bukenya and Otafiire to stand down for Mbabazi.

    “There is no way Museveni could disorganise the central executive committee (CEC) decision for these positions here,” said Museveni.

    “If the CEC wanted to vet anybody out, he would have been vetted out and there would be no question of saying no.”

    He attributed the problems faced by the party to lack of the culture of democracy by some members.