The president of the Democratic Party, Nobert Mao, has declared his intentions to run for the position of the President of Uganda in the forthcoming general 2020/2021 election.
His announcement comes at the heels of another candidate, Pastor Joseph Kabuleta who announced his bid on Wednesday.
Mao’s announcement brings the total number of aspirants to 33.
Before the Covid-19 lockdown, 29 aspirants had notified the Electoral Commission of their intentions to carryout countrywide consultations, in a bid to stand for the office of the president come 2021.
Chief among them was People Power leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and
Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, an erstwhile ally of incumbent Predident Yoweri Museveni.
In the recent past, political pundit Charles Rwomushana and General Mugisha Muntu
More are expected to publicly declare their intentions.
It’s not clear whether all are likely to make it on the nomination day, but if they do, this would make 2021 the most crowded presidential race in the history of Uganda.
And interestingly, more people are expected to express interest soon as some political parties are yet to convene their national delegates conferences to elect their presidential flag bearers.
Earlier, in March 2019, ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) lawmakers endorsed incumbent Yoweri Museveni to continue leading the party and the state.
The 33 aspirants are;
Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine
Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde
Francis Elton Nyero Lakalle
Elton Joseph Mabirizi
Dr Moses Khalim Amin
Apostle Ben Israel Sseninde
Bob Paul Akileng
Isaac Sendagire Salongo
Charles Mutaasa Kafeero
Dr Joel Senkimpi
Yosam Makooma Tunawooza
John Herbert Nkangabwa
Fred Chemuko Wakuri
Grace Kabarungi Muluya
Pastor Godwin Sempebwa
Dr. Amir Kabunga