FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, says what happened in The Democratic Alliance [TDA] was a blessing in disguise.
Besigye was among the contenders; Amama Mbabazi, Norbert Mao and Gilbert Bukenya, who were pushing for the position of joint opposition candidate.
He appeared this morning on NBS TV Morning Breeze with Mildred Tuhaise and Simon Njala, to discuss the aftermath of TDA deadlock.
He said TDA can work but it’s not an easy process because it requires a lot of time to bridge differences and smooth relations and the major difference we had was what kind of candidate we wanted to emerge.
“There has been a continuous misrepresentation of what happened in TDA by the media,” Besigye stated.
He said it is not true that TDA has come up with a joint presidential candidate as earlier reported by media outlets.
“Every candidate will run on his own accord and FDC is still part of the TDA.”
Besigye said what he did in the TDA was not him as an individual but rather decisions of the FDC party.
“The struggle for free and fair elections will always continue with or without TDA.”
He said the change Uganda needs is removal of a dictatorship from this country though some people seem to be comfortable.
According to Besigye, the failure of the TDA was collective among the members.
“What happened in the TDA could be a blessing in disguise if Ugandans choose to see it that way,” he concluded.
Besigye’s explanation did not convince even Parliament reporter and Kabozi radio scribe, Kenneth Lukwago Anderson.
“I have seen Dr Besigye on NBSTV saying that Amama Mbabazi came to the TDA-Alliance with a pressure group and no structures. That he was not viable for TDA because he could be shaken in future. Honestly?” Lukwago charged after listening.
“What did Dr Besigye get out with from the Movement to join the opposition whose activities had been curtailed by the same Movement he was serving in?”
The journalist said Besigye was even among those who organized the “beating of opposition supporters somewhere in Western Uganda” while serving as state minister of Internal Affairs the opposition took him on and handed over their structures.
“What makes him special over Mbabazi?”
The Spectrum host on Radio One said he has been branded by some people as Amama’s supporter and that as a Journalist he should be neutral.
“As far as am concerned am a Ugandan with a very sane mind who should equally be allowed to articulate my views. I just want to see progress for my country and if I think something can work, well and good.”
He added: “That aside, in modern Democracies media personalities or media houses can even endorse candidates-Go to South Africa and see. If you want us to have a good insightful discussion, stop branding people when you have no any facts.”