I Will Negotiate With Besigye - Amama Top story

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Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi has revealed he has held 22 meetings directly with Dr. Kizza Besigye in the last one year, and hopes to negotiate with him on The Democratic Alliance standoff.

Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi reveals that he has held 22 meetings directly with his counterpart, Dr. Kizza Besigye in the last one year. 

Mbabazi, who was addressing journalists at The Democratic Alliance offices in Naguru, says consensus had become tricky to reach but that he would continue negotiating with Dr. Kizza Besigye to reach an agreement.
Minutes after he was endorsed by seven of the nine political parties under The Democratic Alliance, Mbabazi says he has been talking to Besigye, and he will continue doing so.
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On Wednesday this week, The Democratic Alliance Summit failed to reach consensus on a joint presidential candidate, after Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Conservative Party (CP) declined to support former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.  Both CP and FDC endorsed the candidature of Dr. Kizza Besigye.

In the same meeting, Democratic Party (DP), Go-Forward-Pro Change, People's Progressive Party (PPP), Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) and Olara Otunnu's Uganda People's Congress (UPC) endorsed the candidature of Amama Mbabazi. 

JEEMA and former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya's Pressure for National Unity (PNU) did not record their preference then, since JEEMA president Asuman Basalirwa and PNU leader Prof. Gilbert Bukenya were not present at the time of the decision.

However, the two have since indicated their support is behind Mbabazi.     
Mbabazi was on Friday presented to the Press by the Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao as their preferred candidate, to lead them into the 2016 election against President Yoweri Museveni.

Dr. Kizza Besigye, who also addressed journalists Friday morning admitted that they were in constant conversation with the members of the Go Forward team to harmonise their positions ahead of the elections. Besigye also said that they had discussed the idea of fronting two candidates to avoid a situation where traditional opposition voters shun the election. 


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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.