Mafabi says Besigye best candidate for TDA


Mafabi and Besigye

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi, is convinced the party presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, is the best candidate for The Democratic Alliance (TDA).

Besigye on Wednesday night won the position of FDC party flag bearer for the 2016 election after beating incumbent president, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, with 718 votes to 289 votes.

One vote, of the 1,043 delegates who cast the ballot, was invalid according to the results announced by the party’s Electoral Commission chairman, Dan Mugarura.

A day back, Besigye and former NRM Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, met but disagreed with TDA officials on the criteria of selecting a joint candidate to field against President Yoweri Museveni in 2016.

Appearing on NBS TV on Thursday, Mafabi said after the public picked Besigye, he expects Muntu camp to be supportive.

“Dr. Besigye is the best candidate for TDA so far,” Mafabi pointed out.

Yesterday, former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya, became the first opposition candidate to receive nomination forms under TDA.

Another contender is Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party presidential flag bearer, while Amama asked time to consider whether to join the alliance or not.

The candidate selection criteria of the TDA states that the TDA summit will choose the person for the joint opposition presidential candidate by consensus, after reviewing the recommendations from the candidate selection committee on each presidential aspirant’s nomination.

The TDA summit is the final decision making body of the TDA comprising presidents and secretary generals of member opposition political parties, eminent persons and representatives of pressure groups.

Mbabazi also pushed for the extension of the deadline for the returning of nomination forms to allow him time to sign the protocol of the alliance.

He told the summit that he needs more days so that he can conclude consultations with his team on whether or not he should sign the TDA protocol.

NRM money

Meanwhile, Mafabi denied reports of receiving money from the NRM saying in the last elections, his village received money from NRM to campaign for the party, but instead “we used it to secure our well”.

“The FDC party is a beneficiary of government money not NRM money.‪”

There were early allegations that Muntu had received huge sums of money from government to buy off Besigye supporters.

The party has since dismissed the report as false.

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