Presidential Debate | Inter- Religious Council of Uganda To Hold Second Debate On 13th February

Posted February 4, 2016 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Presidential Debate ~ 2,658 views



The Elders’ Forum of Uganda (TEFU), the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), the National Consultative Forum (NCF), together with the leadership of the Presidential debate planning committee, in consultation with candidates’ representatives, have set 13th February, 2016, as the date for the second presidential debate.

According to the IRCU Secretary General, Joshua Kitakule, judging from public opinion, the first debate registered a resounding victory as it was a timely and indispensable intervention for building a peaceful, stable and democratic society in Uganda.

“We have earnestly embarked on preparations for the next debate scheduled on Saturday 13th February, 2016. It will specifically focus on peace and security, regional integration, international trade and investment; and foreign policy,” Kitakule said.


On 15th January 2015, seven out of eight presidential candidates rolled out their plans for the country before the entire nation, in a live televised debate which was also broadcasted on radio stations.

Maj. Gen. Benon Biraro, Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye, Maureen Walube Kyalya, Dr. Abed Bwanika, Hon. Amama John Patrick Mbabazi and Joseph Mabirizi, explained their plans for Uganda in regards to the extractive industry (oil, gas, minerals, etc.) and what it portends for the country, the youth unemployment crisis, foreign debt, and taxation, amongst others.


The main goal of the debate is to provide a balanced space for all presidential candidates to sell their agenda for Uganda, and also pledge their commitment to peaceful free and fair elections.  The debate is also set out to promote the spirit of tolerance and consensus-building between candidates, strengthen the individual/party cooperation and statesmanship despite political differences, promote issue-based discussions between candidates and the citizens, amplify citizens voices and nurture their participation in the Democratic processes, and also put on the record promises made by the Presidential candidates to which they will be held accountable once elected as President.

As it was in the previous debate, candidates will not be given questions before hand.

Source — Inter – Religious Council of Uganda 

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