Parties Transferred Problems To TDA - Analysts

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In short
Dr. Aaron Mukwaya, a political scientist at Makerere University says opposition political parties are divided and they went into the The Democratic Alliance with all their problems.

The Democratic Alliance is facing problems because all the constituting organizations have problems that they transferred to the alliance. Political commentators say all these problems were carried to the alliance, and they are starting to drag it down.
Dr. Aaron Mukwaya, a political scientist at Makerere University told URN in an interview that before the formation of the alliance, all the opposition political parties were divided and they went into the alliance with frictions.
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According to Dr. Mukwaya, the other challenge the alliance is faced with is that it is being driven by the Civil Society Organisations. These have two different intentions that cannot be reconciled.
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Recently, The Democratic Alliance Summit failed to generate consensus on a joint presidential candidate after the majority member organisations backed the candidature of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi and two member parties backed the presidential bid of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye.

Prof. Ndebesa Mwambusya, a Senior Lecturer at Makerere University's Department of History says the alliance needs to get over the joint candidate dilemma.

Mwambusya claims the alliance should advance discussions beyond candidature selection and look at finding a new democratic dispensation and mobilizing democratic forces.

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Speaking earlier about the divergent voices, The Democratic Alliance national coordinator, Bishop Zac Niringiye said the alliance was not meant to stop divergent views. According to him, the alliance is a platform where different voices are amplified into one significant voice.

Niringiye says cultivation of unity within the alliance was still work in progress by the Summit.


About the author

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.