Amama works magic on TDA deadline


TDA candidates selection committee chair, Livingstone Okello Okello (L) and Zac Niringiye addressing press

Presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, has asked The Democratic Alliance (TDA) to extend its deadline for receipt of nomination forms for aspiring joint presidential candidates, having failed to deliver his forms today.

TDA is a coalition of several opposition political parties and pressure groups seeking to oust the ruling government in the 2016 elections.

The coalition started its selection process for a joint candidate on August 25, 2015.

FDC’s Kizza Besigye, former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya and DP’s Norbert Mao have already been nominated by the alliance.

Amama, on the other hand, was Thursday cornered by police in Jinja town once more covering him in teargas and dispersing his supporters.

Due to this delay, Amama wrote a letter through his lawyer, Severino Twinobusingye, to TDA asking for two weeks from closure of the nomination date.


Severino entered TDA offices in Naguru at five minutes past the 4 o’clock September 10, 2015 deadline for returning nomination forms.

He held a closed door meeting with Hon. Wafula Oguttu Phillip, the TDA spokesman and Bishop David Zac Niringiye, the coordinator of the organisation.

In the meeting, Severino told the officials that his client was interested in the TDA process and another democratic force calling for change.

“Due to unavoidable circumstances, he has not been able to turn up for nomination today but he has requested the summit to give him more time,” Severino said.

After minutes of persuasion, Severino was handed nomination forms for Mbabazi.

In what many have already termed as a “scandalous nomination”, TDA officials reportedly agreed to give Amama more time to first study the documents.

Amama is expected to return the forms as soon as possible.

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