Last Friday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni picked up nomination forms that will allow him to stand for president in 2016. That same day, his political rival Amama Mbabazi defected from the nation's ruling political party, saying he will run as an independent.
Last week the headquarters for the nation's ruling party, the NRM, was packed with supporters who waited with anticipation for President Yoweri Museveni. Arriving around midday, Museveni greeted the crowd cheerfully, picking up his forms and confirming his place as a presidential flag bearer of the NRM.
Museveni will be standing for his 5th term in office. He said it was a decision that he and the historical members of the NRM made together. Museveni will be running uncontested within the NRM party.
That's because his anticipated rival, Amama Mbabazi, decided to run as an independent. Mbabazi said that while he's still a member of the NRM, the party needs to re-examine itself, accusing it of obstructing his candidature.
'President for life'
Museveni's decision to run again comes on the heels of President Barack Obama's recent remarks to the African Union that nobody should be “president for life.”