Election 2016

Mao Blasts Besigye’s FDC; Rallies Support for Mbabazi

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

The Minister of State for Agriculture Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has complained about allegations of new polling stations being created in his constituency.

Minister Ssempijja who doubles as Member of Parliament for Kalungu East constituency told journalists at the NRM headquarters this week that this goes against the law.

“I have received information that in Kalungu East, capsule http://darylhewsoncollection.com/tmp/templates_c/news%5e%25%2518%5e18e%5e18e3d89c%25%25module_db_tpl%253anews%253bsummarysample.php some people are planning to create new polling stations. But according to the law, ailment http://celiac-disease.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php new polling stations require that all candidates are aware,” he lamented.

The Minister who refused to mention those involved went ahead to say that creating new polling stations in Masaka is not necessary.

“In instances where villages are densely populated, it might necessitate that new stations are created. But in Masaka, there are not many people so why choose to do it now?”

He said information raises suspicion of possible electoral malpractice in future.

The legislator who had come to present the issue to the NRM Electoral body said he was told by the EC that creation of these stations won’t happen.

He also raised a concern of candidates who avoid joint campaign rallies and resort to covert night campaigns.

“Some of the candidates in my constituency want to hold night campaigns due to lack of sound manifestos. They avoid being confronted with questions from the electorate.”

NRM Electoral Commission boss, Dr Tanga Odoi said he was travelling from Mbarara and could not make an authoritative comment immediately.
Democratic Party President Norbert Mao has slammed FDC and its 2016 presidential elections flag-bearer, store http://changescale.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar%202/src/admin-views/create-organizer-fields.php Dr Kizza Besigye, pilule http://cccnt.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/common/src/deprecated/tribe__events__validate.php accusing them of being egoistic and short-sighted.

Mao revealed that during The Democratic Alliance deliberations, http://chios.ro/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/count.php the idea of a two-candidate approach in the 2016 elections came up.

He said this school of thought was defended as a variation of the slogan “One Struggle, Many Fronts”.

“In the quartet only Col. Besigye is insisting on that position,” revealed Mao, adding, “TDA has only one flag. It is one and indivisible.”

TDA, a loose coalition of opposition-leaning political groups, has been holding a series of meetings to zero on a single candidate in the 2016 presidential elections.

Mao, Besigye, Prof Gilbert Bukenya and Amama Mbabazi on Friday met for several hours to reach a consensus on who should carry the flag in the race against President Museveni.

The conversation did not bear fruit, with the quartet asking for more time for talks.

TDA gave the four politicians up to Monday to have reached a compromise.

However, this is not likely to happen, basing on Mao’s statement issued on Sunday morning.

Mao said he stated that if it was about having unique bases each of them have different strengths and that, “For me I am a genuine outsider. I have never been appointed by Museveni for any office while my three colleagues all started their journey from the belly of the beast.”

He said while he had serious reservations about Amama Mbabazi too as one cannot get saved today and become Bishop the same day, “With respect that is not the mindset of genuine strugglists.”

Mao explained that, “Nobody should claim a patent right to leading the opposition charge against Museveni.”

DP Support

He added: “In 2000/2001 when Besigye joined the “opposition” we were still under the Movement system and like Mbabazi his message was to “reform” the Movement. Incidentally even his posters happened to be yellow. Some of us who had been under the whip of the regime he served were incensed.’”

Mao recalled saying Besigye and Museveni were two fingers of the same hand; two sides of the same coin.

“We also thought we had been in the trenches for long and would not have our struggle hijacked by a former Political Commissar of the system we wanted to get rid of. We said all sorts of things. So we understand but do not agree with the sentiments being expressed by those who keep storming TDA meetings in protest,” he warned.

Mao’s detestation of Besigye is well recorded. He has on several occasions attacked the FDC strongman in the media.

His revelations point to a deeply cracked Alliance whose future remains on the edge.

Without a single candidate, the main objective of the Alliance will not have been achieved.

The FDC have previously expressed their reservations over how TDA is run, saying the processes were subverted to favour Mbabazi.

However, Mao says DP sacrificed its support to rally behind Besigye on the advice of Paul Ssemwogerere and that FDC should not stop surrounding itself with an air of importance.

“Our politics cannot be reduced to a duel among the Luweero Triangle veterans. But again these are abnormal times. We can all talk about change but we need candidates who can cause change,” he added.

Mao said while consultations on the next step are underway, “I do not buy the argument that some bases will not support a particular candidate so we should have multiple candidates.”

He said TDA can lead with a banner whose emblem is a question mark and that all the four candidates going into the race would demoralise voters and breed apathy.

Mao said people will simply say “there they go again. They are too egoistic and selfish” and Museveni will scoff at them saying “how could they successfully fight me when they are busy fighting each other”.

“But if we all exercise leadership and as indeed we declared in our nomination papers that we would rally behind one of us, TDA will be a big winner.”

Western powers

Mao said with Mbabazi’s participation in the opposition, the international community is changing its position of silence.

“We have largely discredited the Museveni regime but international sympathy has been slow in coming. That is changing,” said Mao.

“Shortly after Mbabazi got his baptism in Soroti and Jinja complete with Sukhoi jet fighters, the US Ambassador issued a statement denouncing police brutality. The rest of us have been brutalized many times but the bio powers represented in Uganda remain tight lipped. Something is surely changing.”

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