Besigye Nominated Opposition Joint Candidate; Insists on Elections after Reforms Top story

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The Forum for Democratic Change- FDC presidential flag bearer Kizza Besigye says that his nomination is not an ordinary nomination. He committed himself to fight for constitutional and electoral reforms in order for Ugandans to have a meaningful 2016 elections.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer Kizza Besigye, today insisted that the electoral reforms have to be passed before the 2016 elections, even as he was nominated for The Democratic Alliance (TDA) joint presidential candidate.

Besigye told journalists immediately after being nominated at the TDA offices in Naguru, that all candidates under TDA have to fight for reforms.

He pledged his commitment to change what he described as "a desperate situation" that the country finds itself.

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Besigye, was presented by FDC party president Mugisha Muntu, to the TDA National Candidates Committee (NCC) chairperson Livingston Okello-Okello as FDC's 2016 flag bearer.

Muntu, accompanied by Amanya Mushega, says that it is their hope and belief that Besigye be seen by TDA summit as the most favourable candidate.

Besigye becomes the third candidate to be nominated for the position of joint opposition presidential flag bearer, after former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya and Democratic Party (DP) President Nobert Mao.

The period for receiving presidential nomination closes tomorrow, 10th September.

Besigye is not a stranger to alliance's process, having been previously elected a joint presidential candidate of the Inter Party Cooperation, a wobbly coalition of opposition political parties in the 2011 election.

TDA National Candidates Committee is expected to hold a retreat next week to process nomination for the joint presidential candidate and prepare a report for the TDA summit for consideration.

The TDA summit will the by consensus come up with a joint opposition presidential candidate.

The campaign team of the Alliance will also be announced this month.   
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.