Hope Mwesigye, Mbabazi will sign opposition pact


Ms Hope Mwesigye


The ruling NRM party vocal but tough lady, Hope Ruhindi Mwesigye, has revealed that she together with her in-law, Amama Mbabazi, will sign a pact with opposition aimed at causing regime change in Uganda.

Hope was speaking at Africana hotel in Kampala during the signing ceremony of opposition and civil society’s new document dubbed “The Democratic Alliance”.

“Our principles have been and are out of the country,” Hope said, announcing that she had represented the former Prime Minister and NRM Secretary General, Mbabazi.

Mbabazi who is currently out of the country has already agreed to work with opposition starting with Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

The Democratic Alliance document seeks to unite opposition and galvanise more support ahead of 2016 general elections.

“We (Hope and Mbabazi) shall soon append our signatures on this pact,” Hope told press on Wednesday.

“I’m not here under duress but under commitment,” she clarified, adding, “We have had conversations including Hon Amama Mbabazi about this.”

Hope is a former Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries and State Minister for Local Government, from June 2006 until February 2011.

She is also a sister to NRM Women League Chairperson and wife to Mbabazi, Jacqueline Mbabazi.

Sections of Ugandans already claim that with Hope’s presence at an opposition event, there is no longer doubt that Mbabazi will stand for President in 2016 general elections.

“It’s very clear that Mbabazi is willing and ready to work with the opposition and the presence of Hope Mwesigye is a clear and loud message,” noted an observer.

Hope, however, never signed the Protocol there and then explaining that she would do so  at a later date.

“We are attending as NRM pro-positive change pressure group and we agree with this group,” she said.

She said together with Amama, they represent progressive forces in NRM that are seeking for change.

Meanwhile, activist Zac Niringiye confirmed that they have been in touch with Amama and even spoke to him today morning.

“He (Mbabazi) said he is ready and willing to move on with us,” Zac said.

FDC President, Gen Mugisha Muntu, also confirmed that they Mbabazi has agreed to work with them in a bid to remove President Yoweri Museveni.

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