Former Prime Minister, Amama, and Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer, Dr. Kizza Besigye, yesterday clashed with TDA officials in Naguru.
According to URN, Mbabazi with his NRM Pro-Change pressure group and Besigye have expressed reservations to The Democratic Alliance on the method of selection of the joint opposition presidential candidate.
Mbabazi and Besigye were locked in closed door meetings in the morning, with members of The Democratic Alliance Summit for close to six hours, to have their concerns addressed.
Others present included; Gen Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president, UPC’s Olara Otunnu, UFA President Beti Kamya, Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general, and Jeema President Asuman Basalirwa, Augustine Ruzindana, retired bishop Dr Zac Niringiye and Prof Fredrick Ssempebwa, who chaired the meeting.
A reliable source within the alliance says that, Mbabazi allegedly told the TDA Summit members that he does not agree with the process that the alliance will use to arrive at the joint opposition presidential candidate.
The candidate selection criteria of the TDA states that the TDA summit will choose the person for the joint opposition presidential candidate by consensus, after reviewing the recommendations from the candidate selection committee on each presidential aspirant’s nomination.
The TDA summit is the final decision making body of the TDA comprising presidents and secretary generals of member opposition political parties, eminent persons and representatives of pressure groups.
Mbabazi also pushed for the extension of the deadline for the returning of nomination forms to allow him time to sign the protocol of the alliance.
He told the summit that he needs more days so that he can conclude consultations with his team on whether or not he should sign the TDA protocol.
Zac Niringiye the coordinator of the TDA secretariat today revealed that, the summit resolved to extend the deadline from September 5 to 10 to allow for all members to requirements of the alliance.
Mbabazi and Besigye would meet with the summit again to reach a consensus on the selection criteria of joint opposition presidential candidate.
TDA, a coalition of opposition political parties, intends to field one joint candidate to battle it out with the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 general elections.