By Friday afternoon, FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, was fine-tuning his points and making final touches ahead of this evening’s presidential live TV debate.
The debate moderated by BBC journalist, Allan Kasuja, and KTN news anchor, Nancy Kacungira, will be broadcast by NTV from Serena conference centre.
FDC insiders say Besigye is only preparing for the debate on assumption that President Yoweri Museveni will be available too.
Museveni to attend?
Joshua Kitakule, secretary general of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), says his group is ready to hold the debate after publicly announcing the names of the moderators.
“We are just reading it in the media, so we would regard that as speculation,” Kitakule told VOA of the possibility of Museveni not participating.
“Unless we get an official communication from the candidates — [that] is when we would be sure that they would not come.”
He said that as of now, all eight candidates have confirmed their attendance at the event in Kampala.
Kitakule said Museveni’s assistants have been attending their meetings and they have confirmed his attendance.”
Besigye had pulled out of the debate citing Museveni exit: “My position is quite clear. A debate is of two sides and so we must debate both sides.”
However, he met Justice James Ogoola, who chairs the organising committee of the debate in Mbale town.
“First he told me that Mr. Museveni has not withdrawn from the debate so they expect him to attend,” Besigye later told his handlers.
“Secondly, we have also discussed the content of what the debate will focus on. Unless there is anything that changes, all of us should be in attendance.”
According to presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, Museveni will hold his first rally at Kateera County.
He will hold his 2nd rally at Bunyaruguru County and the 3rd rally at Bushenyi Ishaka Municipality.
He will then meet NRM women’s League at his Rwakitura home in Kiruhura district.