Second Presidential Debate to Focus on Foreign Policy

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According to Justice Ogoola, the Elders Forum is considering fixing the date for the debate after the first week of February before Ugandans go to the polls on 18th February 2016.

The second presidential debate will focus on foreign policy taking into account regional integration, border trade, and crime among others, former Principle Judge, James Ogoola has revealed.

 
According to Justice Ogoola, the debate that is scheduled for February will also take into account how Uganda features in the inter-play of affairs between the great lakes region and the horn of Africa. He notes that the candidates will be discussing peace and security citing the deployment of Ugandan troops in different African countries. 

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According to Justice Ogoola, the Elders Forum is considering fixing the date for the debate after the first week of February before Ugandans go to the polls on 18th February 2016.
 

He notes that they are consulting with candidates so as to come up with a convenient date for the debate. The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and the Elders Forum convened the premier presidential debate in the country at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday last week.
 
 

The debate focused on Uganda's debt burden, social services, youth and governance. Seven of the eight presidential candidates turned up. They included Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer Dr. Kizza Besigye, People's Development Party's Abed Bwanika, ex-premier Amama Mbabazi and Maureen Kyalya, both independents.

 
Others included Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi and Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, all independent presidential candidates.  President Yoweri Museveni skipped the debate and decided to continue with his grassroots campaigns.
 

 
   
 

 

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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.