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Daily Monitor | Uganda’s Largest Opposition Political Party FDC Refutes Besigye Exit from 2016 Race

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Posted October 31, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Inside Politics ~ 1,931 views

     

Amama Mbabazi, Kofi Annan, Kiiza Besigye and Olara Otunnu at the London closed door Ugandan opposition meet in London last week.

Amama Mbabazi, Kofi Annan, Kiiza Besigye and Olara Otunnu at the London closed door Ugandan opposition meet in London last week.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, has dismissed media reports that the party’s presidential flag bearer, Dr Kizza Besigye, plans to withdraw from the 2016 presidential race in favour of Amama Mbabazi. Mr Mbabazi deserted the ruling NRM party, to contest against President Museveni.

The speculation in the media followed the meeting in London between Dr Besigye and Mbabazi.
“The discussions are still ongoing but there is an impression that has been made that the FDC candidate has bowed out of the race. We need to clarify that much as we are still having discussions between the two teams, no candidate in as far as we are aware, certainly not from FDC, has bowed out of the race,” Gen Muntu said during a press conference at the party headquarters yesterday.

Media reports on Thursday suggested that Dr Besigye and Mr Mbabazi had struck a deal during the London meeting last week, which would see the latter become president and the former the executive prime minister, if they defeated President Museveni in 2016.

The news sent FDC supporters and leaders in a spate of anger castigating the media house, which carried the story.

Media backlash
“I am so disappointed by NTV this evening. How can they use rumours and other people’s spins to lie to the public on the ongoing negotiations between FDC and Amama? Totally unethical. No investigation, no right to speak or report,” the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mr Wafula Oguttu, said in a statement shortly after the story was aired.

Gen Muntu said the Opposition’s success or failure to get a joint presidential candidate would be seen at the end of presidential nominations on November 4, adding that whichever way it goes, FDC will continue to seek cooperation with other Opposition groups.

“One thing we are committed to as FDC is to maintain our policy of discussion, to seek ways of cooperation because we think whichever scenario, it does not change the fact that we need to cooperate to achieve our main objective to terminate the lifespan of President Museveni’s long hold on power,” Mr Oguttu said.

Challenged on who could be fuelling the speculation, Gen Muntu said: “The ruling government has been working for the last two-and-a half years to ensure that cooperation between the Opposition forces does not happen. Consistently, they failed.”

sdkafeero@ug.nationmedia.com

Source — Daily Monitor.


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