Kitgum Woman MP Beatrice, an FDC member, will be on Amama Mbabazi’s 20-man entourage to Namboole for his presidential nomination tomorrow.
Their move and that of Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Ssempala (FDC) who is mobilising for Mbabazi procession support has not impressed their respective parties who have candidates of the their own in Kizza Besigye (Forum for Democratic Change) and the incumbent President Museveni (National Resistance Movement – NRM).
Mbabazi is expected to be nominated at 11am on Tuesday, shortly after Museveni’s nomination at 10am at Namboole stadium.
Anywar says she believes Mbabazi is the right candidate to become the joint opposition presidential flag bearer under The Democratic Alliance (TDA) arrangement.
Yesterday evening the negotiations between Mbabazi’s Go Forward and Besigye’s FDC hit yet another stalemate with both camps failing to give way for another.
Now Anywar says with the statement, they [from the camps] have been presented with two options to choose from.
“I Beatrice Anywar going to nominate Amama Mbabazi with FDC and the umbrella is the one which joins us”, Anywar said.
“My conviction today is that under TDA, Hon Amama Mbabazi is better placed to carry the flag, to try to make a strike into the goal. Why? Because out of the nine, the majority went for him. I don’t see it in the [TDA] summit but that is what came to us members under the TDA. If we are to go for democratic tendencies, we must walk the talk. I don’t like playing backward and forward”, she added.
Anywar scoffed at suggestions that she may be disciplined by FDC for supporting another candidate over the official party flag bearer.
“Why disciplinary action, what wrong have I done? I hope they don’t make a mistake. FDC is a party. As a party we’re in TDA. And under TDA there are two candidates. I have two options to go for Besigye or to go for Amama Mbabazi. It doesn’t deter me if I say no to Dr Besigye as a founding member and I remain in my party. Is it Besigye going to discpline me or the party FDC? I hope they don’t!”
FDC spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says members of the FDC who feel tied by the party are free to leave, stating that theirs is not a prison.
Ssemujju also blamed the Go Forward camp of “always misleading the public, they always announce that we have agreed in the meeting on a decision but even when the said meeting is yet to start”.