The ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM Party has disowned some of its senior members who have joined the opposition Democratic Alliance ahead of the 2016 polls.
On Wednesday, opposition parties, pressure groups and civil society activists agreed to form a coalition called Democratic Alliance.
They signed a protocol to field a single presidential candidate and joint candidates in all elective positions across the country.
Among the pressure groups that support the opposition Democratic Alliance is the NRM pro-positive change pressure group led by ex-prime minister and former NRM secretary General Amama Mbabazi and Kabale District NRM party chairperson Hope Mwesigye.
Rogers Mulindwa, the NRM spokesperson disowned NRM party members saying the party doesn’t have members since it is conducting fresh registration.
According to Mulindwa, NRM party members who are working with the opposition like former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya, Amama Mbabazi and Hope Mwesigye are frustrated because they were sacked from government.
However, the ex-prime minister Amama Mbabazi says he is still a member of the NRM party since he set up the structures and registered all its current members.
Mbabazi explains that they are not out because they were sacked but they don’t believe in the direction NRM is taking where President Museveni wants to remain in power forever.
Apart from fielding joint candidates, the Democratic Alliance is also aimed at forming a transitional government by 2016 whose main aim is to implement the Electoral Reforms and other constitutional reforms as proposed by the opposition.
Some of the proposed reforms include a total overhaul of the Electoral Commission, re-reinstating term limits and establishment of a clean and verifiable voter’s register including Ugandans in the Diaspora among others.