Go Forward presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, has confirmed that he will be part of the January 15, 2015 presidential debate.
The debate to be live broadcast by NTV Uganda at Kampala Serena hotel has already been boycotted by President Yoweri Museveni.
Following Museveni’s exit, FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, has also decided to pull out of the debate saying without the incumbent, it will be a one-sided show.
Presidential candidate Abed Bwanika says he will attend despite the two candidates’ exiting it.
Bwanika also suggested that after 2016 elections, Museveni should be made an advisor on animal rearing by whoever wins the presidency.
Addressing the press at Elgon Hotel in Mbale town on Sunday, Mbabazi also said Besigye and Museveni pulling out shouldn’t mean the debate can’t go on.
“There are 8 people in the race, if two have pulled out of the debate, then that doesn’t mean we can’t debate,” Mbabazi told press.
“I am not going to the debate for individuals,” he continued.
Mbabazi said although they [candidates] have a few divergences, that doesn’t mean they don’t agree on principle.
Mbabazi also accused the president of using a foul language when referring to opponents.
Speaking in Ntungamo yesterday, Museveni accused Mbabazi of telling lies about his missing security officer, Christopher Aine.
Museveni insisted Mbabazi knew where Aine was hiding but the boy would face the wrath of the law anytime he is found.
On Museveni calling him a liar, Mbabazi told press in Mbale today: “the President is fond of using foul language and I won’t be a part of it.”
On Saturday, Mbabazi also expressed shock at the vulgarity Museveni’s son-in-law, Edwin Karugire, wrote in the letter to the Electoral Commission.
He said the language was unbecoming of a lawyer.