Former National Resistance Movement Secretary General John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline will not attend the party’s delegates conference slated for October 30.
According to NRM Deputy secretry General Richard Todwong, Mr Mbabazi and his wife had been invited to attend the conference in their respective capacities as Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi, elected on an NRM party ticket, and NRM Women’s League Chairperson.
“I will not be attending the NRM delegates conference slated for October 30th. Instead I will be focused on preparing for my nomination,” Mbabazi wrote on his wall amamambabazi.com, posted today.
Mr Mbabazi also said his wife is sick, trying to recuperate in the United Kingdom.
“My wife Jacqueline will also not be attending. She is presently unwell and undergoing treatment in the United Kingdom. When I married my wife I made a promise that from that day forth, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health while we both live, I would give her full support. I am her primary helper and so I have taken some time away from campaign activities in order to give her the support she needs. My family and I expect her to make a full recovery soon,” he added.
In June this year Mbabazi, also a former Prime Minister, announced he would contest for the leadership of the NRM and also the presidency of Uganda. However, he was later to abandon the idea of becoming chairman of the NRM, opting instead to join opposition pressure group, The Democratic Alliance (TDA).
While in TDA, Mbabazi also had to contend with contest by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye and former Vice President Prof Gilbert Balibaseeka Bukenya.
Both Besigye and Bukenya have abandoned the TDA, while it is not clear whether Mbabazi will run for presidency under the opposition loose alliance.