Presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, has described as “idiots” those who say he bribed Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao, and Uganda Federal Alliance president, Beti Kamya.
In the TDA vote where Mbabazi walloped Besigye, majority political parties had endorsed the NRM member against the opposition icon.
Those that endorsed Mbabazi as joint candidate included; Democratic Party, Go Forward Pro Change, People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Uganda Federal Alliance [UFA], Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) of Dr. Olara Otunnu, Pressure for National Unity (PNU) and JEEMA while Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] Conservative Party [CP] backed Besigye.
TDA called an emergency meeting on Tuesday at their offices in Naguru and discussed the setbacks.
Tuesday’s meeting boycotted by Besigye and Gilbert Bukenya was also aimed at reaching consensus on the different prospective elective levels.
At the meeting, Lukyamuzi revealed there were people in TDA who received bribes.
Specifically, the said bribes were given to Mao and Kamya to back Mbabazi against Besigye.
Asked on the matter, Mbabazi said: “Anyone who told you that is an idiot.”
“Whoever says I paid bribes to TDA members to be on my side is stupid,” he continued.
Amama said Ugandans were waiting for change but their leaders were failing them in endless disagreements.
The allegations come on heels of praises that Mao has been heaping on Mbabazi since last week.
Also today, DP spokesperson, Paul Kenneth Kakande, said they were already on the ground soliciting support for Amama.
“We call upon all DP members and supporters start mobilising and rally their support behind Mbabazi our joint presidential candidate,” Kakande told press in Kampala.
He said while its Besigye still has a chance, they now feel Mbabazi knows the tricks of securing victory for the opposition in 2016 elections.
“We need a striker that can put the ball in the net. It is not about appearing on a ballot paper but having your victory secured.”
Mbabazi’s supporters being harassed
Meanwhile, at TDA, Mbabazi asked Ugandans to disregard all the negative talk making rounds against him saying the claims that he is influence members were baseless.
Meanwhile, Mbabazi’s lawyers are quoted by URN accusing state agencies of harassment and intimidation in their quest to collect signatures to endorse his candidature for presidency.
Mbabazi’s lawyers, Fred Muwema and Severino Twinobusingye told journalists shortly after submitting nomination documents to back his bid for presidency yesterday, that supporters were harassed.