The opposition Democratic Alliance (TDA) says the ruling party, NRM is longer a party but the state itself.
Appearing on NBSTV Morning Breeze on Monday, Sheila Kawamara, the Deputy spokesperson TDA (an alliance that brings together opposition parties to beat Museveni in 2016), agreed that “NRM isn’t a party, it’s the state”.
Kawamara who doubles as the chairperson of Uganda Womens Network, said TDA was about to reveal the criteria for choosing its sole candidate so that no party loses its identity come 2016 as they face the ruling party.
“Any day in politics can change the whole political terrain. Politics in Uganda has been individualized and we should get institutions and have faith in them,” she noted.
Kawamara said the behaviour in parliament was so unruly and there were some backdoor negotiations involved citing an example of the Kyankwanzi incident where President Museveni came out as sole candidate.
“The battle ground is no longer levelled. The current state in Uganda today is the same we had during previous dictatorships.”
Uganda’s past dictatorships feature Apolo Milton Obote, socialist political leader who led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonial administration.
Following the nation’s independence, he served as Prime Minister of Uganda from 1962 to 1966 and President of Uganda from 1966 to 1971, then again from 1980 to 1985.
He was overthrown by Idi Amin in 1971; Idi Amin was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979.
Amin’s rule was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement.
Amin was overthrown in 1979 to usher in Obote II (1980 to 1985).
Obote’s second rule was marred by repression and the deaths of many civilians as a result of a civil war known as the Ugandan Bush War.
Kawamara hoped that in 2016, the country sees credible political parties that can arouse Ugandans to rise up to any undemocratic forces as they have done in the past.
She says the alliance is coming together to help President Museveni transfer power.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament also the Alliance’s Spokesperson Wafula Oguttu, Acting Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Reagan Okumu, Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, Jeema president Asuman Basalirwa, Conservative Party President, John Ken Lukyamuzi and others recently met and pulled out of Inter-Party Dialogue (IPOD) and the National Consultative Forum (NCF).
Professor Fredrick Ssempebwa, the deputy chairperson of The Democratic Alliance (TDA) told journalists at the Alliance’s offices in Naguru that all opposition efforts will now be geared towards unseating the current government after it arm-twisted them and passed a Constitutional Amendments Bill that ignores electoral reforms.
All the six political parties’ Secretary Generals on IPOD had also recommended the reinstatement of Presidential term limits and that the term of Presidency extended from five to seven years.
Prof Ssempebwa said that TDA feels that the MPs absconded from their representative duty and overthrew the power of the people prescribed under the Constitution.