Besigye, Mbabazi refresh old disagreements


Mbabazi and Besigye

Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye camps have re-awakened old disagreements as far as a joint candidate in the 2016 general elections is concerned.

The Democratic Alliance [TDA] spokesperson, Wafula Oguttu, says for past two days, the (FDC and Go-Forward and group) have been holed up in a negotiation meeting in yet another attempt to try and agree on a Joint Presidential Candidate (JPC) for the forthcoming general elections.

“Today many anxious FDC members and leaders kept on calling me and other members of our team to find out how we had gone. We had only one answer for them, “Please wait, we shall get back to you later”,” Oguttu said in a statement.

He said the meeting was adjourned about a few hours ago by co- chair Hon. Medard Sseggona sine die.

The other co-chair was Augustine Ruzindana. Medard was proposed by GoForward while Augustine was proposed by FDC.

The two teams were led by Dr Olara Otunnu and Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu respectively.

The meeting, Oguttu says, which was a follow up of similar meetings held earlier in Nairobi and UK, had to be adjourned because we had once again reached an impasse.

“Both sides could not agree on a JPC,” he noted.

Yet, only last week, the two had issued a statement saying they had reached an agreement to front a single candidate.

“Because of time element , given that Presidential nominations are due on November 3and 4, we agreed to move on and have the two candidates nominated while we continue the contacts and exploring possibilities of future cooperation most especially on vote protection and resisting partisan and unconstitutional police actions during the on-going electoral process,” Oguttu said.

He said when the negotiations hit a stalemate, FDC proposed alternative B as a fall-back position; of both candidates testing the ground after nomination and then two sides meeting again to review the situation.

“The Go Forward team said they would to go back and consult on the proposal.”

He said both sides also agreed to focus efforts on the common political opponent, the rogue regime, and to stop attacking each other through unhelpful media wars.

“Pushing for our candidate as a better option, FDC President Maj.Gen. Muntu argued that Dr Kizza Besigye who had been elected by the Party National Delegates Conference, had for 15 years demonstrated his consistence in the struggle for democracy, had a more popular appeal, has millions of voters and supporters behind him despite being rigged out of victory, has strong party structures behind him and was unlikely to suffer any more surprising state -trumped –up court cases.”

Muntu, on the other hand, argued that Besigye was therefore a better bet for the JPC and while he offered Go Forward and the Parties backing candidate JP Amama Mbabazi the Executive Premiership plus 60% of cabinet positions.

They said they had come to the negotiations with the mandate to secure the Presidency not anything else.

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