TDA race worsens Mbabazi, Besigye fears  


Mbabazi (Photo by New Vision)

Opposition supporters seem to have already set their eyes on a possible president for The Democratic Alliance (TDA).

In West Nile region, Forum for Democratic Change supporters asked other opposition parties to elect Dr. Kizza Besigye as the Presidential candidate for the Democratic Alliance.

According to URN, the delegates at a meeting Hotel Pacific in Arua town on Monday said Besigye was best suited to lead the opposition into defeating the ruling National Resistance Movement.

Opposition party leaders and the civil society this June formed Democratic Alliance with the aim of fielding a joint candidate ahead of 2016 polls.

Denis Lee Oguzu, a delegate from Maracha District says Besigye should be given the mandate to contest as the opposition joint candidate.

Besigye fears Mbabazi’s rise?

Last month, the Daily Monitor wrote Besigye was worried that his party might lose supporters to former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, due to “unresolved party differences”.

“I am worried about the rise of Amama because he is likely to take some of our party supporters in the 2016 presidential elections because of the division we have in our party that are yet to be resolved,” Besigye said during a meeting with FDC delegates from the districts of greater Mukono, including Buikwe and Buvuma.

Besigye said the emergence of such presidential aspirants who have come with money is likely to sway some FDC supporters.

Mbabazi’s turn to fear?

The Observer in a latest article says Amama is not likely to run for president on the opposition TDA ticket.

He joined TDA through his sister-in-law, Hope Mwesigye, under the platform of NRM Pro-Change.

Amama is said to be hesitant to run as TDA presidential flag bearer for fear of facing Besigye who is very popular.

Besigye has remained the most popular opposition politician, as confirmed by opinion polls that rank him first or worse, second to president Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye has also been de-campaigning Mbabazi saying he is the same as Museveni

The selection of the joint opposition presidential candidate within the TDA will be done by a summit, that includes leaders of political parties and organizations which may favour Besigye over Amama.

Analysts say if Mbabazi does not join TDA, he will automatically lose the 2016 election.

A week ago, Amama announced he would not stand on the NRM ticket and would go independent.

NRM laughed at him saying there was no future for him outside the most popular party in the country.

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