Mbabazi, Besigye talk teargas, disagree


Mbabaz and Besigye discuss teargas

UPDATE: Amama Mbabazi has finally returned presidential nomination forms for The Democratic Alliance (TDA) presidential flag bearer.

Amama was earlier given up to midnight Friday to bring back the forms after the first batch his lawyer had picked were found with fault.

Amama drove into TDA parking lot at exactly 9:00pm.

Earlier story:

Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye once again met at The Democratic Alliance headquarters in Naguru Friday.

Mbabazi was expected to return nomination forms after missing yesterday’s deadline.

TDA officials sympathised with Amama for having been ill-treated by police that teargassed him in Jinja yesterday and extended the deadline to today midday.

However, when Amama showed up, it was discovered that the documents were faulty and had to go back to sort the matter.

“My forms are not clear enough. I think my councils messed them up,” Mbabazi told press outside TDA offices.

“I have not signed the forms. That’s why I am leaving to go and seek more ideas and knowledge from my advisors, then I can come back here before the end of today.”

Wasswa Birigwa, the FDC National Chairman, says Amama was given up to midnight to sign the forms and return them so he can be nominated.

Meeting with Besigye, disagree

Amama also held a meeting with FDC flagbearer Besigye on the way forward.

In a light-hearted chat, Besigye welcomed Mbabazi to “the world of teargas” which the latter has so far tested twice.

Besigye congratulated  the former Prime Minister for having survived in Soroti and later in Jinja where police poured clouds of teargas on his supporters.

However, during the closed door meeting, TDA officials are said to have once more disagreed with Mbabazi on the way forward for the alliance.

A week ago, Mbabazi with his NRM Pro-Change pressure group and Besigye expressed reservations to TDA on the method of selection of the joint opposition presidential candidate.

Mbabazi told the TDA Summit members that he does not agree with the process that the alliance will use to arrive at the joint opposition presidential candidate.

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.

Another matter that came up was related to a transition government if the alliance was to defeat President Yoweri Museveni and capture power in 2016.

Another disagreement was on the size of cabinet should the alliance take power.

Mbabazi’s suggestions were not welcomed by members; the debate is expected to resume later after Mbabazi has been nominated.


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