Katumba John an independent is spitting fire after the electoral commission declined to nominate him to take part in the 2021 presidential election.
Katumba showed up at the nomination venue in Kyambogo without proof of payment of the Shillings 20 million nonrefundable nomination fees.
The EC Chairman Justice Mugenyi Byabakama turned Katumba away with his papers. The EC Spokesperson Paul Bukenya however advised that he could pay the money and return.
But, Katumba says he could not pay the money because he has no Tax Identification Number, TIN since he is a fresh graduate and is unemployed, neither does he own a company.
Asked if he will pay the money and return tomorrow, Katumba said he will continue engaging the EC to see if they can find him an alternative way to pay their money.
The youthful aspirant claimed to have been carrying the 20 million in the car and was willing to pay it in cash. He also claims to have written to the EC chairman on several occasions to be helped, in vain.
“I have been trying to reach out to the EC, writing to Mr. Byabakama over that issue, it looks to be a small issue but now it has stopped me from getting nominated. The issue is about having a TIN, getting a TIN needs you to be employed or owning a company, of which I don’t do any because I am a fresh graduate from Makerere” Katumba said.