President Yoweri Museveni has changed his name to correspond with his academic papers.
In a document dated October 6, Museveni undertook a deed poll and a legal deed to formalize a change of his name.
Originally Yoweri Museveni, he will now be Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni and from Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni.
The Electoral Commission announced that aspirants with different names other than those in their academic documents will not be nominated.
“I formally and absolutely renounce and abandon the use of the names, Yoweri Museveni, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and assume and adopt my full name Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni,” reads the document.
More than 140 aspiring candidates have applied for a change in names to correspond with their academic papers ahead of the 2021 elections.
Among those rushing to realign their names are; Kyadondo East MP also president of National Unity Platform (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Gen Mugisha Muntu, the Alliance for National Transformation’s (ANT) president general and former security minister Gen Henry Tumukunde according to volume 58 of the Uganda gazette published October 2, 2020.
Others changing their names according to the gazette are; Idah Nantaba, the Kayunga Woman MP, Kassanda County MP Patrick Nsamba Oshabe, and Masindi Woman MP Jalia Bintu.
Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine is realigning his name from Kyagulanyi Ssentamu R, Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi and Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Roberts to Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert.
Muntu, who has been using the name Mugisha Greggson and Mugisha Gregory Muntu Oyera has now started a process of realigning his name to Mugisha Muntu Gregg to match his academic transcripts.
Tumukunde meanwhile, seeks to add Kakurugu to his name to read Henry Tumukunde Kakurugu from Tumukunde Henry BK, and Henry Brian Kakurugu, among others.
The decision stems from a 2017 court ruling in which Taban Amin’s victory as Kibanda North MP was annulled on grounds over varying names from Taban Amin Tampo Jegejege, Taban Amin Tampo as indicated in the national voters’ register and ID to Taban Idi Amin on the nomination form and academic documents, and Idi Taban Amin as indicated in his passport.