Election 2016

TDA Talks Collapse as Mbabazi Rejects Premiership Position  

Mbabazi has rejected the offer of Prime Minister, saying he will settle for nothing less but that of Presidency

Hon Amama Mbabazi’s camp on Sunday night rejected the position of Prime Minister in The Democratic Alliance’s proposed post-Museveni government, here http://certoclear.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-order-item-meta.php saying he would take nothing but presidency – leading to the collapse of the talks.

The negotiations were aimed at building consensus for a joint presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

TDA spokesperson Hon Wafula Oguttu revealed that FDC were willing to grant Mbabazi the position he held before being sacked by President Museveni and executive powers to appoint a number of ministers only for the ex  NRM Secretary General to turn down the offer.

Wafula said FDC President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu pushed for Dr Besigye as a better option on grounds that he had been elected by the Party National Delegates Conference and had for 15 years “demonstrated his consistence in the struggle for democracy, cialis 40mg http://d4462130.u92.platformpublishing.com.au/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen/taxonomy-post_format.php had a more popular appeal and has millions of voters.”

During the talks held in Kampala during the weekend, http://cromatest.mx/media/widgetkit/widgets/slideshow/layouts/dashboard.php Muntu said Besigye remained strong on the grassroots “despite being rigged out of victory” and that the FDC strongman has “strong party structures behind him and was unlikely to suffer any more surprising state -trumped –up court cases.”

According to Wafula, Muntu went ahead to argue that Besigye was therefore a better bet for the Joint Presidential Candidate (JPC) and offered Go Forward and the Parties backing candidate Amama Mbabazi the Executive Premiership plus 60 percent of cabinet positions.

“They (Go Forward) said they had come to the negotiations with the mandate to secure the Presidency not anything else,” said Wafula.

The development underscores Mbabazi’s determination to secure the presidency at all costs.

It further blows the lid off FDC’s unending attempts to have Mbabazi behind the opposition party to give Museveni a run for his money.

The failure to reach consensus after many meetings in Uganda and foreign countries will as well be seen as immaturity of Ugandan opposition parties to united forces for a common cause.

Observers have since cautioned that a fragmented opposition with hostile factions stands no chance of defeating the incumbent who has been in power since 1986.


The FDC-Go Forward meeting, which Wafula described as “cordial” was co-chaired by Hon. Medard Sseggona and Augustine Ruzindana.

Wafula said Sseggona was proposed by Go Forward while Ruzindana led the FDC camp.

The two teams were led by Dr Olara Otunnu and Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu respectively.

Wafula pointed out that the meeting, which was a follow-up of similar conventions held earlier in Nairobi and UK, had to be adjourned because “we had once again reached an impasse. Both sides could not agree on a JPC.”

Because of time element, given that Presidential nominations are due on November 3 and 4, the two camps agreed to “move on and have the two candidates nominated while we continue the contacts and exploring possibilities of future cooperation most especially on vote protection and resisting partisan and unconstitutional police actions during the on-going electoral process.”

Wafula added that when the negotiations hit a stalemate, FDC proposed alternative B as a fallback position; of both candidates testing the ground after nomination and then two sides meeting again to review the situation.

“The Go Forward team said they would have to go back and consult on the proposal,” said Wafula.

Both sides also agreed to focus efforts on their common political opponent – the NRM government and to “stop attacking each other through unhelpful media wars.”

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