Election 2016

Mao: If TDA Rejects Joint Candidate, I’ll Stand in 2016

Tension is mounting in Burkina Faso after soldiers abandoned military bases across the country before converging in the capital Ouagadougou, doctor http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/markdown/easy-markdown.php urging the presidential guard to surrender or face action.

This was after General Gilbert Diendere, viagra sale http://cmlsociety.org/wp-includes/media.php a loyalist of deposed dictator, http://cs4all.nyc/wp-includes/default-filters.php Blaise Campaore, declared a coup last Wednesday.

Transitional Government President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and several Government ministers were eventually detained by elements of the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle (presidential guard) while they were at a meeting in the capital, Ouagadougou.

However, United Nations piled pressure on the coup leaders hence securing the government officials’ release.

On Tuesday, the international media reported that the coup leader was willing to surrender and that talks were underway among military heads and the presidential guard commanders to reach a consensus.

“We ask them to immediately lay down their arms and go to Camp Sangoule Lamizana,” read the statement signed by several military chiefs, referring to a barracks in Ouagadougou.

“They and their families will be protected,” it added, according to Reuters.

UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon reiterated his demand for the swift resumption of the country’s political transition in accordance with Burkina Faso’s Constitution and Transitional Charter, saying “those responsible for the coup d’etat and its consequences must be held accountable,” his spokesman told reporters at UN Headquarters.

Ban said he was following with “great concern” the situation in Burkina Faso and strongly condemns reports of violence against civilians, which has resulted in an unconfirmed number of deaths and injuries.

The opposition and civil groups have since refused to endorse an amnesty arrangement for the coup leaders, holding violent protests in the capital of the troubled western African country.

There are concerns of a possible protracted conflict in the country.
Opposition Democratic Party (DP) president, visit web http://chrisroberson.net/wp-admin/includes/meta-boxes.php Norbert Mao has warned The Democratic Alliance (TDA) that failure to come up with a single candidate in the next summit will compel him to join the 2016 general elections race.

“Despite our ambitions to lead the country, side effects http://cjs.coop/wp/wp-includes/locale.php I and Prof. Bukenya decided to step down and forwarded two names to the summit with a caveat, http://clasharama.com/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor.php ” said Mao.

“In case the summit insists on bringing two candidates, we shall also join the field,” Mao explained while addressing a weekly press briefing at City House in Kampala on Tuesday.

TDA spokesperson Wafula Oguttu has since called for patience, saying the alliance would reveal its joint candidate by Wednesday this week.

He said members had to reach a consensus before unveiling their 2016 flag-bearer.

On his part, Mao said fielding multiple candidates will damage the reputation of the opposition with its leaders being perceived as ambitious.

“We believe we have a real chance of winning. That is why we decided that all candidates are equal but TDA is currently facing a challenge of choosing between what we want and what we need, a decision that must be taken up by leaders,” Mao said.

Mao said TDA is a project of struggling masses of Ugandans not leaders and since the protocol promises only one candidate that must be maintained.

He emphasised that the TDA has one indivisible flag.

Bad precedent 

Mao said failing to agree on a single candidate at the presidential level would set a bad precedent for other lower positions and imply that a single choice candidate won’t be achieved.

“TDA is now facing a dilemma and it must now choose the enemy to fight and whichever choice we make, we must know it won’t be perfect but for the good of Ugandans,” he warned.

It remains unclear if Dr Besigye will agree to support Hon Amama Mbabazi who was recently dropped as Prime Minister and NRM Secretary General on grounds that he was forming cliques and mobilising against party chairman, President Museveni.

FDC officials have openly said they would not accept being led by Mbabazi.

Mao said TDA should come up with a suitable candidate who would enable Ugandans experience what he described as the long-awaited change.

“I call on Ugandans not to lose hope in TDA; building trust takes time but we are almost there.”


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