Besigye, Mbabazi disagree in front of Raila


Amama and Besigye/ New Vision photo

Once more, presidential candidates; Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye disagreed in Kenya in front of CORD leader, Raila Odinga.

The pair was part of The Democratic Alliance leaders who over the weekend flew to Kenya to consult other alliances on how to remove President Yoweri Museveni.

Mbabazi, former Uganda People’s Congress leader, Olara Otunnu and Democratic Party leader Norbert Mao flew to Nairobi on KQ411 while the FDC strongman Besigye used Rwanda Air.

Others included; Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general, Wasswa Biriggwa, the FDC national chairman, and Nathan Nandala-Mafabi, the FDC secretary general.

FDC spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda, told press that the alliance sought to learn from experienced regional leaders on how to stage their fight come 2016 general elections.

Meeting Odinga

They met Odinga at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi and in the presence of former Tanzanian Minister of Works and Cha Chama Mapinduzi [CCM] presidential aspirant, Dr. John Magufuli.

Odinga expected to rein over Mbabazi and Besigye who failed to agree during the TDA summit leading to the collapse of the alliance and its failure to pick a joint candidate.

Odinga is famed for his involvement with the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition that floored current president Uhuru Kenyatta.

During his retirement, former President Daniel arap Moi, handpicked Kenyatta [son to founding Father Jomo Kenyatta] to succeed him after ruling for 27 years.

Odinga campaigned for Mwai Kibaki who had previously served as Vice-President of Kenya for ten years from 1978 to 1988 under arap Moi.

Kibaki, an opposition Member of Parliament from 1992 to 2002 and Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament from 1998 to 2002 then defeated Kenyatta to serve as third President of Kenya from December 2002 to April 2013.

Besigye, Mbabazi disagree again

Odinga, Kenya’s leading opposition figure entreated Besigye and Mbabazi to put personal egos aside and work together for regime change.

But the pair once more failed to agree on who should be the joint presidential candidate.

Taken back, Odinga questioned them whether the struggle was for personal or national interests.

Odinga, a sharp critic of Museveni, reminded Besigye and Mbabazi who both served in NRM government that to topple the president who has reigned for 30 years, they need a solid united front.

Odinga who now leads the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord), an alliance of the main opposition forces in Kenya, advised TDA bigwigs to remain united in order to help the opposition capture power lest they risk strengthen Museveni in their endless cold war.

The two left Kenya with the promise that they will continue their reconciliation talks.

Mbabazi plans campaigns

Meanwhile, Mbabazi is scheduled to meet the Democratic Party National Executive Committee mid this month to discuss his campaign strategy ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

According to URN, the meeting is scheduled to take place at Masaka Tropical Inn between 16th and 18th October.

It is meant to develop strategies for Mbabazi to win the 2016 polls using DP structures.

Democratic Party is one of the opposition parties that endorsed Mbabazi’s candidature under The Democratic Alliance-TDA.

The others are Justice Forum (JEEMA), Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP), Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) and Pressure for National Unity (PNU).

Over the weekend, DP president, Norbert Mao, launched Mbabazi’s campaigns in Gulu seeking to rally and ensure Acholi land is behind the former Prime Minister.

Besigye prepares Rukungiri rally

In the meantime, Besigye is also scheduled the hold a rally in his home town, Rukungiri this Saturday, a day after the country celebrates its 53rd independence anniversary.

According to FDC youth activist, Moses Byamugyisha, this will be the first rally Besiyge is addressing since he was given the mandate by the FDC National Delegates Conference to represent FDC as a Presidential flagbearer.

“Our supporters are already warming up to drive to as far as 45 kilometers in Ntungamo to receive him,” said Byamugyisha, the opposition icon’s diehard.

“We are in our home ground so you can imagine,” Byamugyisha who has been publicising Besigye, added.

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