Daily Monitor | The Democratic Alliance (TDA) Committee Backs Mbabazi For Joint Opposition Presidential Candidate

Posted September 17, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Uganda Decides - 2016 ~ 3,073 views



Kampala- The National Candidates Selection Committee of the Opposition coalition, The Democratic Alliance (TDA) has recommended former prime minister Amama Mbabazi as the most favorable joint presidential candidate.

This comes after the committee led by Mr Livingstone Okello-Okello held its final meeting on the matter at TDA headquarters in Naguru on Tuesday.

The members wrote a final report which was due for presentation to the 18th TDA summit that started its session yesterday.  The summit is expected to announce a joint presidential candidate tomorrow.

The committee ranked Mr Mbabazi as the favourite followed by FDC presidential flag bearer Kizza Besigye, then Democratic Party president Norbert Mao and former vice president Gilbert Bukenya.

According to the committee, the sole aim of the Alliance is to defeat incumbent President Museveni hence their choice for Mr Mbabazi. According to a source, members reached the decision by consensus having analysed the current political environment.

According to the source, Mr Mbabazi’s has connections that are said to be entrenched in the army, police, prisons and Judiciary.

While this was not demonstrated statistically, the committee also cited “reliable” information that Mr Mbabazi has a good number of MPs and ministers, especially from the ruling NRM on his side.

There are, however, those who are opposed to the report and sources say they plan to issue a minority report. They include Ms Ingrid Turinawe and Mr Isha Otto.

Mr Mbabazi’s connections in both the Internal Security Organisation and the External Security Organisation were cited as giving him the upper hand against the other candidates.

In its recommendations, the committee urged candidates who will have lost to form the campaign pillar of the joint presidential candidate and stick to the oath they undertook to support the candidate chosen by the Alliance.

Upon nomination, all TDA joint presidential nominees made a public declaration binding them to support a candidate selected by the Alliance in case any of them does not clinch the nomination.

The report is expected to be discussed today according to the agenda of the summit.

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