Mabirizi apologises for poor show at debate


Independent presidential candidate has apologized for the poor show at the recently concluded Presidential debate.

Speaking on NBS TV’s barometer show, Mr Mabirizi took time off to record his apologies, saying he will do better next time.

“I would like to apologise for what happened in the debate, to my fellow Ugandans, I know it was bad and am sorry,” Mr Mabirizi said.

“I will be more organized in the next debate; I am going to research more. I have already constituted a committee to help me,” he added.

Mr Mabirizi became a laughing stoke after what the general public claimed was the worst performance for he did not even manage to live up to the presidential hype during the debate.

Former Lord Mayor Eriasa Lukwago lashed out at Mr Mabirizi whom he accused of wasting people’s time, advising him to try choosing another venture for what he termed us “comedy” antics.

“This man Mabirizi wasted out time, he is not presidential material, I would not even give him 10%. I think he picked the wrong forms,” Mr Lukwago said.

Self-proclaimed activist and CEO Mali group of companies, Mr Frank Gashumba also rubbed more salt in Mr Mabirizi’s eyes, reducing the presidential hopeful to a joke.

“Mabirizi did well, he kept us laughing all night,” Mr Gashumba said sarcastically.

Organised by Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, the second debate is expected to get underway between February 10-12, 2016.

It is not clear whether President Yoweri Museveni will once again duck out of it.

Mabirizi, on the other hand, says he will attend next debate.

He says the candidates’ answering abilities and moderators’ questioning could have been better in the first debate.

Moderated by BBC’s Alan Kasujja and KTN news anchor, Nancy Kacungira, the debate became Mabirizi’s worst nightmare.

“It was somewhat unfair that Justice James Ogoola [chairman of the organising committee] met and briefed FDC’s Kizza Besigye yet I received no such briefing,” Mabirizi complained.

Aside from the debate, Mabirizi says he has attracted big crowds during rallies but media shuns him.

Mabirizi also questioned the intentions of authors of new poll that puts incumbent Museveni in the lead [71 and 51 percent respectively].

“If elections were tomorrow, none of the 8 candidates would garner 50% of votes cast. Come February 18, I will win.”

Asked what would be his foreign policy, Mabirizi declined to answer saying he doesn’t want to be misunderstood as he doesn’t have relevant information.

He, however, promised to strengthen technical schools in order to encourage job creators, instead of job seekers.

“We have a good well-trained army. I have no problem with their deployment but we need to better soldiers’ welfare.”

He also said, in his administration, convicted corrupt officials will be unable to get a government job for 15 years, their property will be sold off to recover lost funds.

Mabirizi says he spent last 10 years planning for his presidential bid.

He observed that what makes him different is that he has Plan A, B and C for developing Uganda.

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