Amama Mbabazi has finally signed a protocol and Citizens Compact on constitutional and electoral reforms, officially joining The Democratic Alliance (TDA).
The signing was held at TDA offices in Naguru on Friday night.
Yesterday, Amama sent his lawyer to pick nomination forms past deadline but TDA officials were lenient enough to extend the deadline up to today midday.
When he returned the forms, they were found with fault upon which Amama was given a new set of forms and sent home to fill and return them by midnight.
Amama drove into TDA compound at exactly 9:00pm.
His forms were received on behalf of TDA Candidate Selection Chairman, Hon. John Livingstone Okello Okello by TDA director general, Bishop Zac Niringiye.
Also present was the chairperson of TDA’s Campaign Strategy and Coordination committee, Asuman Basalirwa, also Jeema president and PPP Vice president Dick Oduu.
After signing, officials registered Mbabazi as an aspiring joint presidential candidate of TDA ahead of the 2016 general elections.
The former Prime Minister and ruling NRM Secretary General joins the alliance through his pressure group “NRM Pro-Change” which includes his sister in-law and former Agriculture Minister, Hope Mwesige.
Others who have already been nominated for the same position include FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye.
The first candidate to be nominated was the former Vice President, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, under his Party for National Unity (PNU).
Democratic Party (DP) presidential flag bearer Norbert Mao, was nominated on Monday.
Opposition party leaders and the civil society agreed in principle to form a ‘Democratic Alliance’ to field a joint candidate ahead of 2016 polls back in June 2015.
The leaders, who met from June 4 to 7 under the auspices of the free and fair elections campaign, agreed to front a joint candidate in a closed door meeting held at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
Present at the meeting was FDC president, Gen Mugisha Muntu, his predecessor Dr Kizza Besigye, Ex- Vice president Prof Gilbert Bukenya, Former DP president Paul Kawanga Semogerere, UFA leader Beti Kamya, CP leader Ken Lukyamuzi, Baswale Kezaala, UPC president Mr Dr Olara Otunnu and JEEMA president Mr Asuman Basalirwa, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mr Wafula Oguttu, Bishop Zac Niringiye, among others.
In the meeting, the opposition leaders observed that political parties, organisations and individual have independently and on their own not been able to cause the positive change desired to create conditions for equal opportunity and shared responsibility for every Ugandan.
In order to achieve its goals and objectives, The Democratic Alliance proposed to reduce the number of ministerial positions to 21 and formation of an transitional government, drafting an operating document for the Democratic Alliance government and to get parliamentary approval in the first three months of the transitional government as well as adopting electoral reforms in the first months of the rule to allow for ‘free & fair’ elections.
It was also proposed that the president of the Democratic Alliance will rule for a single five-year term.