Museveni dodges second presidential debate


Museveni is at it again; for the second time, he has ducked out of the presidential live TV debate.

Justice James Ogoola, the chairman organising committee said Thursday morning, the Elders’ Forum and Inter-Religious Council had scheduled the second presidential candidates live TV debate for February 13, 2016.

“The second presidential debate on Feb 13 will focus on foreign policy and will be held at Serena,” Ogoola said while appearing on NBS TV morning breeze.

“I hope that debate will have an impact, especially on our debate culture in the future.”

He said whether all the 8 candidates show up or not, a national conversation will go ahead on February 13, without fail.

“With the second debate, we will do better with time and more monitors will be placed inside.”

NRM task-force deputy spokesperson, Maria Mutesi, told KFM radio that President Yoweri Museveni has limited time left to market his manifesto before campaigns close on February 16th.

Mutesi said the debate is not the only way to campaign.

“Most of the questions have been asked by journalists and Ugandans and so answering the same questions during the debate would be a repetition,” she told the radio.

President Museveni dodged the first debate citing a busy schedule while campaigning in Bushenyi district.

He later called the debate a talking competition fit for secondary schools kids.

The president said he had no time for such talking competitions.

Meanwhile, BBC journalist, Alan Kasujja, has also ducked out of the debate citing other commitments.

Joshua Kitakule, the secretary Inter-religious Council of Uganda told KFM all the other candidates have confirmed participation in the second presidential debate.

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