Moses Byamugisha, 34, has declared a bid to run for President of Uganda in 2021 as an independent candidate. The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party Presidential aspirant made the revelation today while addressing the press.
Byamugisha contested with and lost the Party Presidency to the incumbent Patrick Amuriat in 2017. He hails from Bujumbura, Rukungiri District, the home town of celebrated FDC strong man Dr. Kizza Besigye.
He made the revelation while making public, his intentions to consult the people of Uganda about a possible presidential bid in 2021. Byamugisha wrote to the Electoral Commission and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) asking to gazette specific days for his consultation program.
“Once the people of Uganda properly embrace my intentions in the consultations program, I will be contesting in 2021 for president as an independent candidate.” Byamugisha is quoted saying.
Section 3 (1) and (2) of the Presidential Elections Act (2005) empowers an aspirant to consult countrywide, in preparation for nomination. Nomination of 2021 Presidential Candidates is expected to be in August, 2020.
“After deep reflection and consideration, I have this afternoon notified the Uganda Electoral Commission of my intentions to run for President of Uganda and therefore the need to start countrywide consultations. I look forward to a fruitful campaign. For God and my Country.” Byamugisha tweeted.
Asked why he has thrown in the towel as regards FDC his original party, Byamugisha said he was not in position to discuss that today and would indulge in the details next week at a press conference.
He was accused by the FDC for using party structures last year to conduct mass mobilizations in universities and among young people without proper guidance of party seniors and outside the scope of his power in the constitution.
Byamugisha is a lawyer and youthful activist that has led and mobilized so many demonstrations against the government and “bad leadership”.
He plans to hold consultations in Kabale, Iganga, Kapchorwa, Tororo, Gulu, Kabarole, Mbale, Lira, Kotido, and Masindi.