FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, says there are no contradictions regarding the admission of Amama Mbabazi to The Democratic Alliance [TDA] but that he changed from what they expected.
Besigye said on Capital Gang on Saturday that Uganda’s challenge has been governance and leadership which is why they are in a struggle.
Why Amama, Museveni fell out
Besigye said he asked Mbabazi the cause of his fallout with President Yoweri Museveni.
“Mbabazi said Museveni has been undermining him.”
“My quarrel has been the deviation from the ten point’s programme of the NRM,” Amama told Besigye.
He said Amama should have been honest with the opposition alliance in the first place.
“Mbabazi didn’t mention anywhere those vital issues for our country,” he said.
He added: “There’s a process…that’s all am saying. In saying this people have accused me of self-interests.”
Besigye insisted that everybody must be scrutinized as “leaders have to be”.
“Yes we brought this man [Mbabazi] but we didn’t know he was going to turn.”
Besigye said the only contradiction was the flagship, who would lead the struggle and be its face.
He said reforms are not just legal reforms but depend on power structure.
The friction between NRM founders started showing at the 2014 Kyankwanzi retreat.
It was then that Youth minister, Evelyn Anite and then government deputy chief whip, David Bahati, proposed the sole candidature.
Mbabazi who was opposed to the idea of Museveni as the only sole candidate signed among the last.
In September the same year, Museveni sacked Mbabazi as Prime Minister and replaced him with Ruhakana Rugunda.
This came with reports that Amama was going to resign and then seek the presidency.
In December 2014, Mbabazi was forced out of office of the party Secretary General at the Namboole delegates conference.
Mid this year, Mbabazi announced his presidential bid saying he would stand in 2016 elections.
He, however, chose to run outside NRM after his efforts were reportedly frustrated by the ruling party members.