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Mbabazi Draws Less Crowds at Kapchorwa Rally

Mbabazi has arrived in Kapchorwa

Opposition Peoples Development Party (PDP) president and 2016 presidential aspirant, pilule http://courtneybarnett.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpsockets.php Dr. Abed Bwanika has expressed worry that the ongoing interference with consultative meetings of presidential aspirants by Electoral Commission and police might lead to election violence.

Bwanika told journalists at Melting pot hotel in Kampala that EC and Police are deliberately misinterpreting the law so as to offer an upper hand to the incumbent who is at liberty to hold rallies and consultations.

“There is a deliberate misinterpretation of the law by Electoral Commission (EC) and Uganda Police Force by disrupting peaceful consultation by honorable Amama Mbabazi, and ” Bwanika said.

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“The provisions of the Presidential Elections Act are very clear and section 3 allows a presidential aspirant to consult the people of Uganda. It can’t be misinterpreted by EC that the provision calls for only indoor meetings, prescription this is just a move in support of the incumbent.”

Bwanika added, “That is why the public has continued to fear that EC is not independent; the same provision allowed and guided Muntu and Besigye to move around the country, the law can’t be discriminatory, it must guide fairly and equally all the people of Uganda.”

The EC however insists that Besigye and Muntu’s rallies are permitted by the electoral guidelines since they were seeking mandate for their party flag, while Mbabazi is an independent candidate.
The Democratic Alliance (TDA) has confirmed that the former Prime Minister, purchase http://ciprs.cusat.ac.in/wp-includes/widgets.php John Patrick Amama Mbabazi through one of his lawyers, advice http://couponadventures.com/wp-includes/class-wp-site.php Severino Twinobusingye picked nomination forms to stand for the joint opposition presidential candidate.

TDA coordinator, medicine http://cigarworld.com.au/old/cigars/class/admincp/menumanager/menumanager.class.php Bishop Zac Niringiye has revealed that Mbabazi was handed nomination forms yesterday and that he also raised some proposals for some areas that need amendment in the protocol.

The bishop however highlighted that Mbabazi must first sign the TDA protocol without calling for alterations and then append his signature on the Citizens’ Compact on Free and Fair elections.

Mbabazi is currently left with less than an hour to sign the TDA protocol if he wants join the race for selection as the coalition candidate since he is not yet a member of the alliance.

By the time of publication, the former Premier was still held in traffic on his way from Jinja where he had another rally foiled by Police.

Bishop Niringiye explained that the protocol does create space for anyone wishing to become TDA flag bearer to join as an independent candidate without necessarily being backed by a party or member organization.

“We must understand that Mbabazi’s NRM pro-change pressure group was behind the formation of the protocol but up to date, they are not members since the group is not yet a signatory.”

“If Mbabazi walks in now to stand as an independent, he must be endorsed by 5 signatories to the protocol before his nominations can be processed. On top of that, he must declare agreement to the protocol.”

The coalition spokesperson, Wafula Ogutu told journalists that despite receiving concerns from Mbabazi, his quest for nomination must be processed after signing the protocol the way it is.

“There is no way I can approach a CBO in our village and tell them that before joining them, they must change their constitution; this has never worked anywhere. He must sign to the protocol the way it is if he wants the coalition flag.”

The alliance maintained that it can’t alter its road-map for only one person stating that the members are set for a summit from which they will declare their joint candidate by Monday, September 15.

Our Reporter Nixon Segawa at the TDA offices says Mbabazi’s counsel Twinobusigye arrived moments ago to plead for extension of time to allow his client append his signature

 

 
Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi has finally arrived in Kapchorwa, online http://chernichovsky.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/recaptchalib.php Chimp Corps report.

Mbabazi met several ‘roadblocks’ staged by excited people who included women and children urging him to address them.

At one stopover, viagra http://currencymeter.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-checklist.php Mbabazi joined women in a cultural dance.

The size of crowds that gathered at Boma Grounds in Kapchorwa is much less than in Mbale yesterday.

Mbabazi is expected to address the gathering after which he will meet key strategists for a consultative meeting.

Crowds debate

Earlier, more about Mbabazi said the crowds that welcomed him in Mbale wanted to hear his message.

However, Research Presidential Assistant, Morrison Rwakakamba described the gathering as a “curious crowd”.

From Harvard University, Rwakakamba said the crowds welcoming Mbabazi “will shrink after this curiosity translates in knowledge of the man who had chance and power to do something but didn’t and is now promising false hope and reverse forward.”

Asked to expound more on is submission, Rwakakamba added: “Mbabazi is cryptic in his messaging and communication.  He is not direct and millions will find it difficult to relate to his agenda.”

Mbabazi today jokingly said he has been around for a long time and that there is nothing new to make anyone curious.

“Do I look like a giraffe that they would come to see me? I am ordinary but they came to hear what I have,” he added.

Not a Threat

However, Rwakakamba said Mbabazi has always found it difficult to convince voters genuinely.

“In Kinkizi West constituency, he used hard power as flagship of his electioneering. Now he must rely on soft power which is in short supply in his campaign,” he added.

Asked whether NRM was intimidated by Mbabazi’s reception in Mbale, Rwakakamba observed: “Not at all. Not at all.”

He said 2016 polls will be “a Museveni-Besigye affair and Museveni will win massively as in 2011.”

At Boma grounds, traditional groups are engaged in a cultural dance entertaining the former Prime Minister.

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