FDC Women League leader, Ingrid Turinawe, says The Democratic Alliance [TDA] Candidate’s Selection Committee which picking a joint candidate today is full of irregularities.
Ingrid and Panga Gloria who represent Besigye in TDA a day back demanded the disqualification of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, from the race for the joint opposition candidate.
The duo argued that Mbabazi was fraudulently nominated since he returned his nomination forms after the set deadline and that TDA members who received the forms didn’t constitute quorum.
In a missive today, Ingrid said as the FDC Secretary for Mobilisation, I have the privilege to sit on the National Candidates selection committee which vets/vetted the TDA presidential flag bearer candidates.
The committee is responsible for assessing and measuring the strength of candidates, then submit recommendations to the summit to make final decision on who to front as a TDA candidate.
“However,” Ingrid pointed out, “I and other colleagues went thru a lot of challenges during this process.”
“We discovered a number of irregularities, inconsistence, injustices and unfairness,” she added.
According to Ingrid, there was no transparency and the TDA principles and values as stipulated in the protocol were violated.
“The candidates selection criteria – TDA protocal article (10) was not adhered to. The process was so much influenced and decisions reached at did not represent real strength of candidates at all.”
She says some candidates were biased and disadvantaged to the benefit of a certain preferred candidate.
TDA on Sunday sat and put Mbabazi above Kizza Besigye, passing him as their favourite candidate against the rest including Norbert Mao and former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya.
Ingrid says because of this, “we tried all we could to raise matters of procedure, matters policy and transparency but we were at several times shut down and ruled out of order by one of the co-chairs Hon. Nuwe Amanya Mushega.”
“We had no option but to protest the process, we walked out of the committee meeting and we prepared a minority report.”
On Wednesday (first day of summit), Ingrid presented her minority report.
“Our report was discussed by the summit in reference to the majority report. After full discussion of the minority report, Members of summit unanimously conferred with issues we raised and resolved to disregard the committee report/s – including resolutions and recommendations.”
She said that is when the summit decided to develop a new procedure of establishing the strength of candidates.
“I hope and pray it works.”
The TDA candidates are still in a closed meeting at Royal Suites hotel in Bugolobi to pick the joint candidate.
The meeting has so far taken the whole day and the alliance is yet to come up with their flag bearer who will run against President Yoweri Museveni in 2016 general elections.