Besigye says can’t back NRM’s Mbabazi


Besigye and Mbabazi

On Thursday, FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, stormed out of The Democratic Alliance meeting that sat in Bugolobi to vet the joint presidential candidate for 2016 elections.

This followed chaotic scenes when FDC youth led by MPs; Odonga Otto, Jack Sabiti and Geoffrey Ekanya, stormed the conference room and pulled Besigye out of the meeting.

The group that accuses TDA of favouring former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, headed straight to FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi.

Besigye talks

While addressing the disgruntled supporters, Besigye insisted that FDC was still a partner in TDA and will only quit if the top organ National Executive Committee decides so.

Besigye told the members that staying in TDA was the best option currently.

He castigated the youth for dragging him out of a TDA meeting saying they were not following protocol.

Won’t support NRM’s Mbabazi

Besigye turned attention to Mbabazi saying he [Amama] was still a member of the ruling party which opposition has for decades been trying to dislodge from power.

“Even today he [Mbabazi] will tell you he is NRM. He is passionate about it,” Besigye pointed out.

“I think he has good reasons for doing it,” he continued.

Besigye said as TDA, they knew Mbabazi as NRM from the start although he was entering through a pressure group “Go Forward Pro Change”.

“The only question is, if he is selected, are you asking us to support NRM?” Besigye queried.

2nd emergency NEC meeting

Besigye said the party would hold a second NEC meeting tomorrow so delegates can deliberate on the matter.

Early in the week, FDC held an emergency NEC meeting after being petitioned by youth who asked the party to withdraw from the coalition.

They accuse TDA of favouring Mbabazi by extending the nomination deadline and picking him on top of Besigye as their favourite joint candidate.

They were also dissatisfied by the fact that Amama being NRM should not led an opposition alliance that aims at uprooting the ruling party.

Besigye noted their concerns especially of alleged unfairness saying the delegates will tomorrow discuss the process and come out with a resolution.

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