The Democratic Alliance [TDA] says Amama Mbabazi is not their joint candidate as reported in media yesterday.
Currently, social media is awash with reports of how an opposition coalition picked an NRM member as their joint candidate in the 2016 general elections.
This arose from remarks made by former Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] president, Olara Otunnu, and Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao.
While introducing Mbabazi to the press at TDA offices in Naguru yesterday, Mao said he was “introducing the future president of Uganda”.
Mao said if there was anyone who could cause change in Uganda, it was Mbabazi, the reason they had “all” thrown their weight behind him.
Otunnu, on the other hand, told press: “No one should tell you that TDA has two candidates. This is our candidate” chosen by majority political parties.
TDA denies the allegation
TDA spokesperson, Wafula Oguttu, issued a statement saying TDA “does not have a joint presidential candidate”.
“Let me confirm for the 11th time, TDA has no Joint Presidential Candidate. No one has been agreed upon,” Oguttu said.
He added: “It is unfortunate that some of TDA leaders who signed the statement I read to the media in their presence about this matter, are the same ones declaring one of the two candidates we did not reach consensus on as a TDA candidate!”
Later, Mao clarified saying they had not announced Mbabazi as the joint candidate.
However, Amama had already made his speech “accepting TDA nomination” as joint candidate.
“This has not been an easy process and the truth is when we face our opponent it won’t get any easier. But I am proud to be a part of this union of citizens, each one of whom has dared to answer the call of democracy, of justice and of true prosperity,” he said.
“To my fellow candidates Mr. Norbert Mao and Professor Gilbert Bukenya – I salute your sense of duty and your willingness to put our country first. I look forward to working with you, for it is your help I want and your help I seek; and our cooperation that our country desires and deserves,” Mbabazi continued.
He added: “I am certain that the doors of cooperation are still open to Dr. Kizza Besigye of the FDC. Let us leave the quarrels of the past behind in favour of unity.”
Political analysts have already expressed their disappointment in Mbabazi for “accepting the alleged nomination” and the likes of Mao and Otunnu for “misleading the public”.
Speaking on capital gang, a political talk show this morning, Ssemujju Nganda, an FDC politician, said he was disappointed in Mao for announcing Mbabazi as joint candidate knowing it was not true.