TDA fails to pick joint candidate


The Democratic Alliance has failed to agree on who should represent them as a joint candidate in 2016 general elections.

The meeting that took the whole day is being attended by former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, Democratic Party Presidential flag bearer, Norbert Mao and former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya.

Speaking to press after the failed meeting, Mao, the Spokesperson  of the team, said the quartet nominated to be the joint Presidential Candidate have been meeting privately but are yet to reach a successful conclusion.

“The meeting was extremely cordial. We are better friends now than we entered the room,” Mao said.

Mao acknowledged the fact that everybody is expectant but that they still needed more time to reach a conclusion.

Another meeting for Saturday

Mao said some issues that arose in the Private meeting require that they consult their various bases which will be done tomorrow, Saturday morning.

“The four of us will meet again tomorrow afternoon and then shall be by ready Monday afternoon.”

Mao revealed that there is no decision that has been reached by the Summit but promised that the joint candidate will be known Monday afternoon.

“We are not ready, they say. We need more time.”

Mao said while some were waiting for one Joint Candidate, others were waiting to see that the Alliance collapse.

Mbabazi factor

Mao said one of the issues that arose is that Mbabazi still claims to be part of NRM.

Mao says he will be consulting his group on that.


Speaking on the same occasion, Besigye said there was propaganda that has been waged against the process to discredit.

Besigye said the propaganda was also aimed at discrediting him as a person.

“Those who say I’m a bad loser, how does one become a bad loser before they even lose? No selection has been made whatsoever.”

Besigye also acknowledged the fact that sitting with a Prime minister of yesterday (sic) whom they were in the trenches fighting against, is another milestone covered.

“It is not an easy process. No one should be in any kind of illusion that this is an easy process but we have made tremendous progress,” Besigye pointed out.

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