Mbabazi ‘strangles’ TDA in its infancy


Amama (Photo by New Vision)

Political analysts seem to agree that former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, is doing his best to strangle the baby opposition coalition, The Democratic Alliance [TDA].

Last evening, TDA failed to pick a joint candidate from contestants; DP’s Norbert Mao, FDC’s Kizza Besigye, Mbabazi and former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya.

Addressing press, Mao said TDA was still divided on the matter of Mbabazi membership to the ruling party, NRM which they are fighting.

The former NRM Secretary General has refused to quit the party and still identifies himself as an NRM member.

“When you ask him [Mbabazi], he will tell you he is still an NRM member and is proud of it,” Besigye said in the middle of the week when FDC youth led by Members of Parliament, pulled him out of the Bugolobi meeting.

In a report represented by FDC’s Ingrid Turinawe and Panga Gloria to TDA Candidates Selection Committee, the iron lady pointed out irregularities and favouritism especially after the alliance officials picked Amama over Besigye.

Besigye said picking Mbabazi as flag bearer would be asking the opposition to support the ruling party.

Currently, Mao, Besigye and Bukenya are consulting their parties as to whether NRM’s Mbabazi should be allowed to lead an opposition alliance.

Analysts weigh in

Speaking on NBS TV on Wednesday, Owek Israel Mayengo, advised TDA to have a bigger vision beyond removing President Museveni.

“I would prefer a candidate with no military background because militarism is Uganda’s biggest problem at the moment,” he said.

According to Mayengo, President Museveni’s greatest weapon is poverty.

“He gives peasants Shs 2000 to vote for him.”

Asked whether the Mbabazi factor was about to split TDA, Mayengo wondered:”How can Mbabazi say he is part of TDA yet he is still NRM?”

Yesterday, Mwambutsya Ndebesa, speaking on the same television, said TDA should have one struggle but with many fronts.

“Therefore Amama and Besigye should contest since they both have different strengths.”

He wondered whether TDA was only concerned about winning the elections or whether it has a political direction like the other parties do.

Ndebesa had no kind words for Amama either.

“Amama keeps sending out vague messages to his supporters when he states that he is still part of the NRM party.”

“In my opinion,” Ndebesa continued, “most political parties in Uganda aren’t institutionalized.” ‪

He was, however, optimistic that TDA is in its youthful stage and has a potential to take this country forward.

He said TDA consists of people with the good will of the country in mind and have no personal political ambition.

“TDA shouldn’t be judged by its inability to get a single candidate but rather its ability to bring change to Uganda.‪”

The alliance continues to dismiss as false all reports alleging that the coalition is crumbling.

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