Election 2016

Muntu, Biriggwa Accused of Meeting Mbabazi at Night

Besigye and Muntu share ideas during the FDC 2016 flag-bearer race

On Saturday, sildenafil http://cikza.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-autoupdate.php September 19, viagra http://crossesbymyhand.com/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/user_item.php Dr Kizza Besigye quietly called a meeting of top FDC officials at the Katonga Road office in Nakasero, Kampala.

This was just a day after The Democratic Alliance had fallen short of choosing a joint flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.

The selected four potential candidates – Hon Amama Mbabazi, Dr. Kizza Besigye, Norbert Mao and Prof. Gilbert Bukenya had asked for more time to return to their respective bases and consult on the way forward.

This was confirmed by Mao who told journalists at Royal Suites Hotel in Bugolobi on Friday that they had had a productive meeting but failed to agree on who would be the opposition coalition flag-bearer.

“We have requested the summit to allow us consult until Monday afternoon,” he said.

Besigye on Friday night communicated to senior FDC officials to attend a very urgent meeting at Katonga.

Some of the top FDC honchos who graced the meeting include party president Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, Dr Besigye, Buganda Region Chairperson Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, party chairman Wasswa Biriggwa and Mobilisation Chief, Ingrid Turinawe.

The meeting kicked off at around 9:30am with members discussing the party’s involvement in TDA.

They also brainstormed on the chances of Besigye being elected as the TDA joint candidate in 2016.

Hell broke loose when Turinawe asked members on the position FDC would take in case Besigye was sidelined.

“Some members led by Muntu and Biriggwa insisted that in case their candidate loses, FDC should support whoever wins,” said a top party source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

However, this opened a can of worms by Besigye’s loyalists who accused the two FDC leaders (Muntu and Biriggwa) of supporting Mbabazi.

The duo was also accused of engaging in night meetings with the former Prime Minister at his residence in Kololo in a bid to ensure the fall of Besigye.

“At one moment Nabbosa Ssebugwawo attacked Muntu for not fronting the party interests yet he knows that TDA is a Mbabazi creation,” the source intimated to ChimpReports.

“Muntu was accused of receiving money from Mbabazi that he used to finance his FDC flag-bearer campaigns and that whoever was in his camp is believed to be rallying behind Mbabazi.”

Ssebugwawo was quoted as charging at Muntu: “We know where this is leading. We must have the party’s interests at heart. Why should FDC which was voted by 2 million people rally behind Mbabazi who does not even have a single structure?”

She added: “Our candidate (Besigye) is the most harassed and brutalised opposition leader. Why shouldn’t we rally behind him? What has Mbabazi got to offer?”

At this moment, the meeting got heated with Besigye calling for restraint.

But this was simply the beginning of the storm.

Way forward

Matters worsened when Besigye’s supporters including Turinawe resolved that Besigye shouldn’t lose in TDA and that in case such a thing happens, FDC should pull out of the coalition.

Turinawe insisted that Besigye’s particulars must at all costs appear on the ballot paper in 2016.

FDC Deputy Electoral Commission chairperson Michael Kabaziguruka confirmed to this website on Monday that “we have been on the grassroots looking for signatures for Dr Kizza Besigye’s nomination.”

He emphasised: “So we expect him to be nominated”

The developments underscore FDC’s determination to ensure its candidate’s participation in the 2016 elections.

Biriggwa was recently attacked by FDC youth at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi over allegations that he was pushing for Mbabazi’s interests at TDA.

The former Ugandan envoy to Japan has since denied the charge, saying the youth are basing their decisions on lack of proper information.

The Katonga meeting ended without consensus. But Besigye said he would return to TDA for a series of meetings expected to end on Monday, Sept 21.

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