Election 2016

How It Happened: The Rise and Fall of TDA

Besigye, Mbabazi, Mao, Bukenya in a private meeting last week (Photo Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

The Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, viagra http://caveat.co.za/components/com_k2/controllers/latest.php Justine Kasule Lumumba has praised opposition FDC for refusing to allow Hon Amama Mbabazi to carry The Democratic Alliance’s flag in the 2016 elections, click saying is a “traitor” and unreliable politician.

The opposition parties and pressure groups coalition (TDA) last night failed to agree on a single candidate in the upcoming presidential elections.

FDC National Chairman Wasswa Biriggwa told the nation that they rejected Mbabazi due to his past record associated with high profile corruption scandals.

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“We as FDC wanted someone who represents rule of law and accountability but Mbabazi did not embody this,” said Biriggwa.

The TDA would later release a statement after the Wednesday meeting, saying parties had fallen short of reaching consensus.

“The Summit of TDA has not arrived at a consensus on a TDA Joint Presidential Candidate. We have not been able to build consensus on either Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi or Col (Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye,” the statement read in part.

It emerged from the meeting that the FDC and the Conservative Party strongly rejected Mbabazi who was a darling to other parties mainly the Democratic Party under Norbert Mao who was earlier in the race but stood down in favor of the former Prime Minister.

Lumumba speaks out

In a phone interview with ChimpReports on Thursday morning, Lumumba said the FDC and CP were very right to reject Mbabazi.

“If he (Mbabazi) can betray a person like President Museveni who has been his friend for the last 43 years, how about those TDA he only got acquainted with after being dropped from government?” Lumumba wondered.

Mbabazi was considered the closest confidant of president Museveni until early 2014 when an intelligence report by State House indicated that the former who was also the NRM Secretary General was clandestinely using his positions to amass support to wrestle power from the latter.

The NRM leaders eventually met at Kyankwanzi where they agreed on a sole candidature of President Museveni.

Lumumba said she has since learnt how Mbabazi operates.

“He (Mbabazi) always wants to be master of clandestine methods. It is just good other parties realised it earlier and saved their little credibility by rejecting him,” Lumumba added.

Lukyamuzi expressed shock that Mbabazi thought he would secure the backing of the opposition yet his ‘Go Forward’ lacks a Constitution, a minimum requirement of a political group.

“We don’t know who vetted him to lead that amorphous group,” said Lukyamuzi.

TDA resolved that Dr Kizza Besigye and Mbabazi stand as presidential candidates.

It remains to be seen if a divided opposition can overwhelm the sitting ruling government.
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The Minister for Presidency, sick http://cinemalogue.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/3rd-party/bbpress.php Hon Frank Tumwebaze has slammed the opposition, saying their failure to field a joint candidate against President Museveni in the 2016 election exposes their greed for power and lack of a systematic plan to transform the country.

He also described the collapse of The Democratic Alliance as an “added advantage to the NRM.”

The Alliance on Wednesday said they had fallen short of reaching consensus with FDC accusing Mbabazi of having a record tainted with corruption scandals.

“It is clear the opposition has never had a cause; it is simply anti-Museveni,” said Tumwebaze.

“The little anti-Museveni bloc is even now going to be shared among the groups which cannot even agree among themselves,” the Minister told ChimpReports in an interview on Thursday morning.

“They have exposed to the nation their equal power angry instincts and obsession that drive them but not the heart to make Uganda consolidate what has been achieved so far and the vision for greater strides.”

At the beginning of TDA in April this year, Hon Tumwebaze said the group lacked a transformative ideology, adding its evolution rotated around personal hate of President Museveni.

However, TDA spokesman, Hon Wafula Oguttu who is also the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, said the two candidates will give Museveni a run for his money.

“Now there is big possibility for the opposition to defeat Museveni in 2016, in a well-coordinated joint strategy whereby Go Forward Pro Change Movement will concentrate on reducing his NRM votes while opposition Parties will consolidate their traditional votes as both groups woo the 42 percent of voters who stayed away in 2011,” said Oguttu.
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He says he had gone to withdraw money from a Mobile Money agent to purchase food when the gang pounced on him and started beating him up.

Betonda told our reporter that he saw two vehicles parked nearby Star Light fuel station where  Peter Amara, the aspiring candidate for LCV seat Kibaale District and his political assistant Yosia B. Ndibwami the District Councilor for Rugashali sub-county were standing.

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Joseph Ayesiga the officer in Charge Kagadi Police station who reached at the scene in the night said investigations into the matter are ongoing.
Following a 2-week-long process aimed at finding a joint flag-bearer who would lock horns with President Yoweri Museveni in the forthcoming elections, visit this site http://crazytour.am/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-nav-menus.php opposition coalition, ask http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-8259066f7608b35644caf7dc13182c65.php The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday night failed to reach consensus thus rolling out two candidates.

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They referred to their spokesperson Hon Wafula Oguttu as the only authorized person to comment on the outcome of the meeting.

However, at midnight, Oguttu together with party representatives emerged from the meeting room ready to address journalists who had camped at the TDA headquarters since morning.

“I am going to read the press release we have prepared before the party representatives briefly add their comments,” Oguttu said.

“The summit of the TDA has not arrived at a consensus on a joint presidential candidate. The summit has not been able to build consensus on either Amama Mbabazi or Dr. Kizza Besigye and its therefore  clear that membership of alliance will take different paths in respect to the matter of presidential candidates,” the Leader of Opposition in Parliament announced.

Oguttu told journalists that political parties including Democratic Party, Go Forward Pro-Change, People’s Progressive Party, Uganda Federal Alliance and UPC had rallied behind former NRM Secretary General Amama Mbabazi while Ken Lukyamuzi’s Conservative Party and FDC had rallied behind Dr. Kizza Besigye.

Alliance Still Strong

Speaking to journalists in the same briefing, UPC president Olara Otunnu said they had chosen to follow different paths but the end result would be ousting President Museveni’s government which he said was their common enemy.

“We have agreed to disagree but in doing so we will explore all ways to remain focused on our goal,” Otunnu said.

Democratic Party President Norbert Mao said they had risen to their responsibility of being accountable to the public, noting that though they did not reach a consensus, their aim remained the same and that this would soon be realized.

FDC President Gen. Mugisha Muntu said the aspirations that have held them together as members of opposition would still be followed and eventually their goal would be realized.

“We had hoped that we would have one candidate but that did not happen. The beauty is we remained committed in moving on with the struggle,” Gen. Muntu said.

According to the opposition coalition, the summit is set to convene at a later date in a bid to consider other aspects and continue to explore unity and cooperation among members.

Inside the Last Meeting

The 8-hour meeting at the TDA headquarters at Naguru on Wednesday was never going to end as members were involved in a stalemate on who to become the opposition coalition flag-bearer.

According to a source inside the meeting, some members expressed concern over fronting Mbabazi to lead them as they face President Museveni in the forthcoming elections arguing that they were not sure of his loyalty as far as his long time close friend (Museveni) was concerned.

“We were skeptic about Mbabazi who has never denounced being an NRM member. We feared betrayal. We expressed fear he was not the right man to lead the opposition team against President Museveni,” the source said.

This was confirmed by FDC Chairman Wasswa Biriggwa and CP President Ken Lukyamuzi who had during the summit meeting rallied behind Dr Besigye.

“The majority of the members had preferred Mbabazi but we never reached a consensus. He did not represent things like rule of law and a corrupt free country as provided in the TDA compact. The opposition has for a long time stood for these values,” Biriggwa told journalists shortly after the meeting.

For Lukyamuzi, the opposition could not rely on someone who was not well known to them considering the way he joined the coalition.

He insisted that FDC’s Dr Besigye was the right man to lead them against President Museveni in the forthcoming elections.

“He has no party structures and his group is amorphous. Mbabazi has one leg in the NRM whereas the other is here (TDA) yet we are not sure who vetted him before joining us. We cannot allow him lead the coalition because we own it,” the Lubaga legislator told journalists.

However, for those who rallied behind Mbabazi led by DP’s Norbert Mao argued he was the right man after FDC’s Besigye had lost thrice to president Museveni and that people could no longer trust him with their votes.

“Mbabazi can lead our team against Museveni well and the onus is on us to sell him to the public,” Mao told the summit.

The summit however failed to reach a consensus and decided that they front two candidates to stand against President Museveni in the forthcoming elections.

How the TDA Events Unfolded

The Democratic Alliance had set 10th September as the last date for Presidential aspirants to return nomination forms for the opposition coalition flag bearer and by this date only 4 people including Mao, Dr Besigye (FDC), Pressure for National Unity’s Prof. Gilbert Bukenya and CP’s Ssemusu Mugobansoga had returned the forms.

Meanwhile, Mbabazi was also expected to return forms but was nowhere to be seen as the deadline was soon passing.

He was engaged in consultative meetings in the Eastern parts of Mbale, Kapchorwa, Soroti and finally Jinja.

When asked whether he was not late for picking and returning forms to stand as a TDA flag bearer, Mbabazi told journalists he had asked for  more time to complete the meetings.

“I am still busy with my consultative meetings but I have asked them for more time and I hope they will do that,” Mbabazi told journalists at Mt. Elgon Hotel in Mbale on Thursday September 10.

This was followed by a letter from his lawyers led by Severino Twinobusingye to TDA requesting for an extension.

The deadline was then pushed to the next day at mid-day but Mbabazi only showed up a few minutes to 2:00pm before holding a closed-door meeting with TDA officials.

Mbabazi left the Naguru based headquarters only to return in the night.

He held meetings with TDA officials including Livingstone Okello Okello, Wasswa Biriggwa, Asuman Basalirwa, Bishop Zac Niringiye and Godber Tumushabe.

Mbabazi later signed the TDA protocol before returning the nomination forms and was fully admitted to the opposition coalition.

Officials Accused of Bending Rules for Mbabazi

However, some members expressed concern over what they termed as bending the rules to favour some members especially the former Prime Minister.

This later culminated into an attack on FDC chairman Wasswa Biriggwa as irate youths almost lynched him at the party headquarters over allegations of backing Mbabazi.

The youth later petitioned FDC NEC, demanding that it pulls out of the TDA.

The party’s top organs resolved to stay in the opposition coalition.

Meanwhile, the TDA summoned what was termed as a conclave at Royal Suites hotel in Bugolobi at the end of which they expected to announce the opposition coalition flag bearer.

The meeting was later stormed by FDC supporters led by Odonga Otto, dragging their party representative out of the meeting.

The summit decided that the four remaining candidates choose amongst themselves who they wished to be the flag-bearer.

They were then separated from other members of the summit.

At the end of the conclave, no decision had been reached.

This compelled the Summit to decide on who should carry their flag in the 2016 but could not reach consensus.

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