Mbabazi, Besigye meet in London


Besigye, Mbabazi at a TDA meeting

Uganda presidential aspirants; Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye are currently in London UK for discussions ahead of 2016 general elections.

Present at the talks is FDC secretary general, Hon Nandala Mafabi and TDA official, Dr Zac Niringiye.

Mbabazi was the first to travel to London where his wife, Jacqueline is hospitalised.

In a joint press statement issued Monday, the aspirants confirmed the meeting held on the sidelines of the Kofi Annan Foundation summit.

“Under the auspices of the Kofi Annan Foundation, we have held a two-day meeting in London, UK to continue the discussions previously held in Nairobi, Kenya,” the statement read in part.

The statement said the two have made a substantial progress in preparations for the 2016 general elections in Uganda.

“We will subsequently report to our respective political structures so as to complete the arrangements guaranteeing our success in the presidential elections.”

At the start of October, TDA officials travelled to Kenya where they met former Kenyan Prime Minister and now opposition CORD leader, Raila Odinga.

Former Uganda People’s Congress leader, Olara Otunnu, Democratic Party leader Norbert Mao, Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general, Wasswa Biriggwa, the FDC national chairman, and Mafabi were part of the delegation.

FDC spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda, told press that the alliance sought to learn.

They met Odinga at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi and in the presence of former Tanzanian Minister of Works and Cha Chama Mapinduzi [CCM] presidential aspirant, Dr. John Magufuli.

Mbabazi and Besigye had earlier failed to agree during a TDA summit leading to the collapse of the alliance and its failure to pick a joint candidate.

Odinga, famed for his involvement with the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition that floored current president Uhuru Kenyatta, still failed to reconcile the duo’s differences.

However, Mbabazi and Besigye promised to continue engaging each other in talks until they reach a compromise.

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