Winnie suggests Besigye shows up for the debate

Besigye and his wife Winnie

Besigye with wife Winnie [curtsey photo] 

Oxfam International boss, Winnie Byanyima, suggests that it is better for her husband and FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, to show up for the presidential live TV debate.

The debate will be broadcast by NTV Uganda on January 15, at Kampala Serena hotel.

Yesterday, Besigye pulled out of the debate saying with President Yoweri Museveni boycotting, the show would be fruitless.

Museveni says he has rallies in Igara county Bushenyi district on that day and cannot interrupt his campaign schedule.

According to Besigye, the debate is between the dictatorship and the forces of democracy.

“If Mr Museveni declines to have a debate we cannot have a debate alone,” Besigye told press in Moroto town.

Winnie speaks

His wife, Winnie had suggested that the debate continues with or without Besigye and Museveni.

In an interface with tweeps, she seemed to suggest that Besigye would have done better by going for the debate.

“@Winnie_Byanyima KB should participate. Explain what he’d do different. It’s about Uganda,” Pearl Aliza, a tweep, suggested.

“I agree,” Winnie responded on her official Twitter handle.

Another tweep, Kezio-Musoke David, wrote: “Being his wife….you probably can convince him. No?”

Winnie was precise: “Don’t personalize.”

She explained that the presidential debate had nothing to do with their marriage.

Since being appointed as Oxfam executive director, Winnie has stayed clear of Ugandan politics.

According to Marvin Alinaitwe, another tweep, Besigye argues that there is no proposer in the debate thus loss of meaning of presidential debate.

To this, Winnie said, “It’s a moderated debate betw candidates. No proposer or defender. More like US presidential debate format, I assume.”

She said this wasn’t drama but about voters testing their grasp of issues, comparing their policy solutions, skills, temperament etc.

“Convince him [Besigye],” a tweep urged Winnie.

“Why should I?” she was clear.

“I thought Besigye was thinking about Uganda and not just Museveni. I am deeply disappointed,” a tweep insisted.

“Me too. KB should show up,” Winnie replied.

She was quick to add that candidates should debate and let voters know where they agree and where they differ.

Other candidates like Amama Mbabazi, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba and Abed Bwanika have already confirmed their attendance.

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