Tamale: Mbabazi bigger threat to Museveni than Besigye


Amama at TDA offices yesterday

The presidential aide on Media, Tamale Mirundi, says former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, poses a greater threat to President Yoweri Museveni than the FDC strongman, Kizza Besigye.

Amama was sacked as Prime Minister and replaced with Ruhakana Rugunda when it emerged at the 2014 Kyankwanzi retreat that he harboured presidential ambitions.

Later, his wife Jacqueline was recorded by police chief, Kale Kayihura, in his infamous spy tapes as mobilising grassroots support for her husband.

This saw Amama lose his office as NRM Secretary General at the December 2014 Namboole delegates conference.

Towards mid-this year, Amama announced that he would stand for president drawing to himself the full force of state machinery.

Speaking on NBS TV Extra Tuesday morning, Tamale said: “Amama Mbabazi is a bigger threat to President Museveni than Besigye.”

The Presidential aide further claimed that Mbabazi was the obvious The Democratic Alliance [TDA] choice.

“Amama Mbabazi’s tour programme as TDA flag bearer is already out and he is starting from Tororo,” Tamale stated.

Tamale’s comments come at a time TDA is grappling with the decision of who to represent them as flag bearer in 2016 elections.

The race that involved former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya, DP’s Norbert Mao, FDC’s Kizza Besigye and Go Forward Pro Change under Amama was last evening narrowed to two candidates.

The race is now between Mbabazi and Besigye but TDA spokesperson, Wafula Oguttu, says their decision will come out on Wednesday having failed to choose last night at the Naguru based offices.

Tamale further says that the FDC youth who stormed a TDA meeting in Bugolobi and dragged out Besigye were sponsored by Amama Mbabazi.‪

The angry youth accused TDA of favouring Mbabazi against their candidate and demanded that Besigye pulls FDC out of the coalition.

They are now sending out messages calling people to witness the nomination of their candidate at Namboole come October.

Whispers from TDA have it that the alliance still prefers Amama and that donors asked Besigye to let the NRM member also have a go at the presidency.

The Wednesday announcement will settle this once and for all.

Meanwhile, Tamale advised the opposition not to rush the ruling party out of power.

“If a group has been in power for long it should be allowed to gradually hand over power, lest there is an uprising,” Tamale philosophised.

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