Besigye returns forms as TDA nominates Mao  


Besigye and Mao / New Vision photo

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer, Dr. Kizza Besigye, is expected to return his nomination papers for the TDA joint presidential flag bearer at their offices in Naguru today.

FDC sources tell us the members will converge at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi and then drive to The Democratic Alliance offices in Naguru.

TDA is a political grouping that brings together several opposition political parties and civil society organisations.

Besigye who beat Mugisha Muntu to the flag bearer position is scheduled to be nominated Wednesday.

The first candidate to be nominated was the former Vice President, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, under his Party for National Unity (PNU).

It is not yet clear whether the former NRM Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, will take part in the TDA competition.

Meanwhile, Mao has already presented his papers on behalf of DP to TDA Candidate Selection Chairman, Hon. John Livingstone Okello Okello and TDA director general Bishop Zac Niringiye.

Mao was nominated on Monday as an aspiring joint presidential candidate of TDA ahead of the 2016 general elections.

According to Okello, after receiving forms from all interested aspirants, the national candidate’s selection committee will go for a closed door retreat where they will scrutinize their papers and come up with a report that will be presented to the TDA summit for consideration during consensus to come up with a joint candidate.

Moa disagrees with Besigye

“Politics should be a competition to serve, not a struggle for survival. In political contests there should be no enemies, only opponents,” Mao said.

“I am running for TDA Presidential Flag bearer because Uganda deserves better.”

He added: “TDA is an electoral platform which means everything we are doing right now is in preparation to the 2016 general elections. Whoever argues otherwise must come up with a very comprehensive plan on how to do it.”

He opposed calls by FDC presidential candidate Besigye for a postponement of the 2016 elections until electoral reforms are instituted.

Mao urged the opposition to go into the election despite the odds and unmask what he describes as the President Yoweri Museveni’s dictatorship.

Last month, parliament without considering the minority report passed the constitutional amendment Bill (2015) providing for, among others, changing of the name of the electoral commission to the independent electoral commission appointed by the President.

Mao agrees that electoral reforms must be achieved for free and fair elections but also says with good organization, opposition can kill two birds with one stone.

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