Former Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] Party Presidential candidate, Mr Moses Byamugisha, has written to Electoral Commission [EC] seeking permission to consult as a presidential aspirant ahead of 2021 general elections.
This is according to a letter dated January 10, 2020, a copy of which was obtained by edge.ug.
Through his lawyers Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates, Byamugisha identifies himself as a registered voter in Bugangari subcounty, Bujumbura County in Rukungiri district.
“We have instructions to notify you of his intentions to vie for President of the Republic of Uganda in the 2021 general elections under Article 103 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995,” the lawyers wrote.
“Section (3) (1) and (2) of the Presidential Elections Act (2005) empower an intending aspirant to consult countrywide, in preparation for nominations, 12 months before the date of nomination, which is scheduled for 20th august, 2020.”
The notice is in conformity with the presidential elections act which mandates an aspiring presidential candidate to notify EC of any intentions to carry out nationwide consultations.
Byamugisha plans to kick off his consultations on Wednesday January 22, 2020 in Kabale district.
He will then proceed to Iganga, Kapchorwa, Tororo, Gulu, Kabarole, Mbale, Lira, Kotido and end in Masindi district on Wednesday March 25, 2020.
His request was received by the electoral commission and stamped on the same day.
Earlier, Byamugisha also a former aide of opposition figure Kizza Besigye told edge.ug that he is organising a thanksgiving in Rujumbura Constituency in Rukungiri district.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place at Bugangari church of Uganda on Easter Sunday April 12, 2020.
In 2017, Byamugisha had a successful campaign for FDC’s top office, an activity that saw him traverse the country meeting all FDC leaders in districts.
Since then, he has remained very active holding meetings especially in Universities and other higher institutions of learning in a campaign that he coded , “Championing an inclusive youths-led Change”.
Byamugisha has also been active in other regional and continental students and youths organisations like the YouLead Summit that brings together young leaders from the East African Community member states, The Eastern African Students and Youths organization (EASYO) which brings together young leaders from the entire eastern Africa block stretching out to the Horn of Africa.
Towards the end of 2019, he spent three weeks in Rabat, Morocco heading a constitutional review process to come up with a new constitution for the All Africa Students Union (AASU).
This was during the AASU summit which brought together students leaders from across Africa an activity that was sponsored by the President of Morocco, King Mohammad where it’s believed that the youth leader got plenty of time with key government officials.