Presidential candidates; Kizza Besigye [FDC], Amama Mbabazi [Go Forward], President Yoweri Museveni [NRM] and Prof Venansius Baryamureeba [Independent] have confirmed readiness for a televised presidential debate.
The idea started with a challenge last week made by FDC’s Besigye while addressing a rally in Busia town.
Besigye said he was concerned by Museveni’s comments made on several rallies and aimed at painting a bad image of the opposition politician.
“Instead of moving around telling people that I am a liar, let him [Museveni] come and we debate,” Besigye said.
Earlier, independent candidate Prof Baryamureeba had also challenged Museveni to a similar debate.
This came after Museveni called Barya a mere boy who had failed to manage a small school [Makerere university] and was now seeking to lead a country of 35 million people.
The discontented Barya challenged Museveni to debate with him and see who has better ideas saying the president nolonger had anything new to offer the country.
Museveni accepts challenge
Speaking in at the UPDF 4th Division headquarters in Gulu town on Monday, Museveni accepted Besigye’s challenge to take part in the live debate.
Museveni told press that he was ready to debate with other candidates.
Mbabazi ready too
Go Forward’s Amama is also ready for the debate.
Speaking in Arua today, Mbabazi said: “Of course we can debate. Even right now I am debating.”
“Please know that Museveni wasn’t serious about the debate,” he pointed out, adding”… but I can take him on anytime.”
Televised presidential debates are normally used in developed and democratic countries to determine the worth of candidates.
Civil society recently pointed out that candidates had resorted to discussing personalities instead of discussing issues.