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Opposition to Reveal 2016 Election Masterplan Today

Former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye [M]  arrives at the Electoral Reforms meeting in Kampala recently

The much-anticipated announcement on Uganda opposition coalition’s 2016 election masterplan will be unveiled today, cheap visit http://crystalcleanlaundry.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php Chimp Corps report.

The function which will be graced by top opposition leaders and officials from the Civil Society is set to take place at Hotel Africana in Kampala starting 10:30am.

The Coordinator of the Free and Fair Elections Campaign Taskforce Secretariat, stomach http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/kickstarter/ext_tables.php Godber Tumushabe this week revealed that between June 4 and 7, 2015, political and civic leaders of political parties, pressure groups and eminent citizens met in a joint consultation to chart a new political path for Uganda.

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He said the leaders who are “concerned by the current political and economic gridlock in our country” were able to make “important decisions and reach a series of agreements” on how to chart a new direction for the good of our country.

Tumushabe further stated that the people of Uganda and the international community should on Wednesday June 10, 2015 expect a communication on the outcomes of the meeting.

It is widely thought the opposition political groups would announce plans to field joint candidates for MPs and other elective positions in the 2016 elections.

They are also expected to reveal a committee that will oversee the operationalisation of their combined efforts which also include joint campaigns and protection of their votes at polling stations.

The opposition also intend to work together to mobilise funds

FDC strongman, Col Kizza Besigye and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, are perceived as the lead contenders for the opposition flag in upcoming elections.

“All we want to see is President Museveni removed from power. We have made key concessions and deliberated on sticky issues to overcome divisions once the coalition is officially announced,” said a highly placed source.

He further said the coalition efforts are being fully funded by their “development partners” in United States and European Union.

Poor resource mobilisation has been one of opposition’s main challenge.

Donors have always dragged their feet in funding a disorganised opposition lacking a coherent strategy in confronting a well-facilitated NRM ruling party.

“We are gradually winning support of the international community. We have showed ability to organise and establish a credible government that meets the aspirations of our people,” said an opposition source.

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Tumushabe said in his statement this week that the consultation was convened under the auspices of the Free and Fair Elections Campaign which he said “brings together all democracy seeking forces in Uganda (seeking) to establish a credible electoral management system.”

He stressed that in spite of the calls to reform “our distorted electoral management system towards and after 2011 general elections, and after five years of running government, the regime is now scampering and stampeding our parliament with last minute proposed reforms that do not meet the aspirations of Ugandans.”

The city lawyer pointed out that “Ugandans are aware that the character of deceit and ignoring citizens is consistent with the character of the current regime. Until this time, the government has dishonoured the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other proposed reforms advanced by other interest groups.”

It remains to be seen if every opposition leader will join the anticipated alliance to challenge Museveni since previous attempts have crumbled over infighting, suspicion, intrigue, tribalism and infiltration by the state.

Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze says the opposition’s campaign for political reforms is “something they have been rehearsing for some time to cover up their own inabilities of failing to win new political ground and therefore divert attention from the inevitable defeat that awaits them come 2016.”

Tumwebaze said the chorus for “electoral reforms” therefore, is the perfect scapegoat they can find.

“Politics like any other venture requires hard work and not just mere posturing. You cannot win an election that you have not mobilized for. Yet one critical component of successful mobilization is the ability of one’s message to resonate well with those you are courting and aspiring to lead,” said Tumwebaze.

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