TDA Joint Candidate Announcement Delayed, Again Top story

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The Democratic Alliance Summit has again delayed the announcement of the joint presidential candidate to Wednesday. This after the Monday meeting that went into 2am ended in a stalemate.

The Democratic Alliance (TDA) Summit has again postponed the announcement of a joint presidential candidate to Wednesday. This, after the summit meeting on Monday went on until 2am but ended in a stalemate.
The Summit was on Monday afternoon expected to make a choice of a joint candidate to lead the Opposition in the coming 2016 general elections, and announce him to the public.
However, after the meeting that went on until 2am on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the alliance, Wafula Oguttu told journalists that had camped at the Alliance's offices in Naguru that a decision had not been reached.

He noted that the joint presidential candidate would be announced on Wednesday morning.

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The Summit had last week on Friday given the four joint presidential aspirants up to Monday morning to present a report on their consultations and a recommended joint candidate. The quartet of aspirants include former Premier Amama Mbabazi - now the Go-Forward leader, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer Dr. Kizza Besigye, Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao and former Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya of the Pressure for National Unity. 

All the four attended Monday's early morning meeting before Bukenya left, allegedly to seek medical attention. Dr. Kizza Besigye, who attended part of the afternoon meeting with the Summit members, also left at some point, after he was reported to have stomach complications.

The absence of Besigye forced the Summit to request Mbabazi to leave the meeting as well, since the candidates' report had proposed that Summit chooses a candidate between Besigye and Mbabazi. 

Oguttu told URN that after the departure of Mbabazi, each Summit member was given time to speak about the two candidates now in the race. 

Meanwhile, a reliable source told URN that Besigye in the Summit meeting objected handing the Alliance flag to Mbabazi, who he said had no party structures and is not accountable to any political organization. 

According to the TDA Protocol, Summit has the overall mandate to select a joint presidential candidate.


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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.