Officials from The Democratic Alliance over the weekend went to Kenya to meet the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga.
According to the TDA Secretariat Director, Bishop Zac Niringiye, the alliance seeks to tap into Kenya’s rich experience with alliances by consulting and comparing notes.
“We want to encourage experience, learning and engage with leaders in the region, Kenya in particular has some lessons that TDA can learn from,” said Niringiye.
Kenya has had numerous successful alliances including the previous leadership of Mwai Kibaki under the Party for National Unity (PNU), then the Uhuru Kenyatta government which also came to power through the Jubilee Alliance.
In the previous Kenya’s election, Kenya witnessed the creation of CORD bringing together former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and FORD Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula.
A source at TDA revealed that on the meeting agenda, was to see how the alliance can manage both Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi’s campaigns in the coming 2016 elections and also discuss in general the electoral process in Uganda and the Electoral Commission operations and role.
Forum for Democratic Change spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda however says there are many other things they look to discuss apart from the failed joint candidate bid.
“In Kenya they have done both. They have changed presidents but they have also changed political parties. You remember from NARC [National Alliance of Rainbow Coalition] to Party of National Unity to KANU. So they had transitions of course with challenges”, Semujju says.
“That is the same framework under which our leaders travelled to Kenya to speak to regional leaders. There will be several of those meetings. The impression that people had was that they are continuing to discuss the joint candidate. That debate was concluded by our failure to choose one. But we can continue having dialogue on how we can work together on what we need to do eventually when Mr Museveni is no longer the President.”
The source further revealed that the team was not only meeting Odinga but also Kenya’s former Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy President William Ruto and later, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi said that the meeting was an effort to ensure a smooth electoral process, adding that the wish of the people is to have unity and that they are to explore everything in their power to ensure that.