The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda has commenced plans for the second presidential live TV debate after successfully holding the first debate on January 15, 2016.
President Yoweri Museveni boycotted the debate that was attended by all his seven rivals in the 2016 race.
He told media at his country home in Rwakitura Kiruhura district that he left such talking competitions to school kids.
The president said he last participated in such childish things while still in secondary school at Ntare School in Mbarara.
President Museveni also criticized the event as a foreign concept borrowed from Americans while others claimed it was something cooked up by former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.
The secretary general of the Inter-religious council of Uganda, Joshua Kitakule, told KFM radio that the president like any other person is entitled to his opinion.
He said as far as they are concerned, the debate was a success and gave voters an opportunity to gauge the strengths of the presidential candidates that participated.
Ugandans have since expressed disappointment over Museveni’s absence from the country’s first ever live presidential debate.
Many in Uganda felt that Museveni should have been present for the debate to justify his 30-year rule to the opposition, reports Daily Monitor.
The debate was attended by Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, Maureen Kyalya, Kizza Besigye, Joseph Mabirizi, Major General Benon Biraaro and Amama Mbabazi.
IRCU plans second debate
Despite the president’s debasing remarks, the Inter- Religious Council is now finalizing plans to hold a second debate.
The chairman of the Elders’ Forum, Justice James Ogoola, told media in Kampala on Tuesday that there was need for another debate to allow Ugandans hear from their candidates.
He has already contacted the presidential candidates in an effort to agree on a date in the second week of February.
He says this will take place atleast between 1oth to 12th February, a few days before voting slated for February 18.
This debate will mainly focus on foreign policy dwelling more on the East African Integration, cross boarder crime as well as trade among other issues, Ogoola said.