Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, says it is possible for forces of change to defeat President Yoweri Museveni.
Mao was Wednesday morning explaining why his party chose to “Go Forward” with Amama Mbabazi as candidate for 2016.
“My duty as DP president is to persuade party member in choosing the right path for the party,” Mao said.
According to the DP leader, many minds in Uganda have been conditioned that President Museveni can’t be defeated, that he will buy votes and that he is the only one that can manage the country.
“We can oust President Museveni like what happened in Nigeria where the incumbent was removed despite an uneven playing field.”
“Amama Mbabazi is brave to go against Museveni,” Mao noted, citing the case of former second deputy Prime Minister, the late Eriya Kategaya who opposed Museveni but later chickened out and went back to the ruling party.
Mao says when Kizza Besigye broke away from government and joined the opposition, they were all sceptical at first, the same way some are right now of Mbabazi.
“The novelty of Amama Mbabazi has gotten many people excited,” he said, adding, “One has to learn from their past to be able to go forward.”
Mao said DP is the only political party in Uganda with loyal supporters.
Dr. Sabiiti Makara, a senior lecturer in Political Science at Makerere University, speaking on the same television, said The Democratic Alliance [TDA] protocol is reconcilable, as the issues have been aired out and therefore can be ironed out.
“The problem is that some people in TDA think they are bigger than the alliance,” he noted.
According to Makara, ideologies in Ugandan political parties aren’t very different from each other since they all want to oust Museveni.
“There is still hope for the TDA to fulfill what it set out to do. Their cause isn’t yet lost.”
“Mbabazi shouldn’t take up the “Messianic” approach like Museveni did because people got disappointed by it,” Makara advised.
He said the two-pronged approach might work for the opposition as both Mbabazi and Besigye have their own supporters.
“We want strong leadership that will make things work but at the moment the country is much more divided and TDA seems to be having high hopes in Mbabazi.”
Makara advised political parties in the TDA to maintain their identity.