Former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya is courting the Tooro region to support the newly formed Democratic Alliance.
On Wednesday, opposition parties formed the alliance which brings together Political Parties, eminent persons and Pro-democracy pressure groups across the country.
On Friday, Bukenya held several closed door meetings with executive members of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in the districts and selected party supporters of FDC, Democratic Party and Uganda Peoples’ Congress.
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network in Fort Portal town on Saturday, Bukenya said that his trip in the region is to sensitize the public about the newly formed coalition and recruit members in the region who will join the alliance.
Bukenya explains that a task force of 20 members has been formed in each of the districts in the region.
He says the task force will popularize the alliance and also identify candidates who intend to contest for elective posts in the 2016 general elections.
Bukenya adds that he has received assurances from supporters in the Tooro region that they are ready to embrace change in leadership in the country.
The protocol signed by members of the alliance indicates that the different groups agreed to field a single candidate for the presidency and joint candidates for other elective positions across the country.
The party leaders who signed the protocol are John Ken Lukyamuzi for Conservative Party, Baswale Kezaala for Democratic Party, Mugisha Muntu for FDC, Betty Olive Kamya Uganda Federal Alliance and Asuman Basalirwa for Jeema.
Others are Dick Odur for People’s Progressive Party and Rrtd Bishop ZacNiringiye as eminent person’s representative.
Several coalitions have in the past been formed as the best way to challenge the ruling NRM party but all collapsed before achieving the objectives for their formation.
Some of the coalitions that collapsed before elections are G7, G8, the Inter-party Coalition and Inter-Party Political Forces among others.
Alliance to field a single presidential candidate, joint candidates for all elective positions in the country ahead of 2016 general elections.