TDA Summit Extends Besigye, Mbabazi Negotiations Top story

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The Democratic Alliance Summit will continue negotiations on the presidential aspirants on Friday. The alliance remains divided on how to handle the two aspirants, Dr. Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi.

The Democratic Alliance Summit has extended their negotiations to Friday after a five-hour meeting at their headquarters in Naguru. The summit meeting, chaired by Prof. Fredrick Ssempebwa, discussed how to handle campaigns for the two presidential aspirants, Dr. Kizza Besigye and former Premier Amama Mbabazi.

The spokesperson of the Alliance, Wafula Oguttu told journalists that the Summit did not finalise its discussions on the matter. He also noted that the Summit is extending discussions on how to field joint candidates for other elective positions to Friday. 

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Sources who attended the meeting told URN that the Butambala County MP, Muwanga Kivumbi together with Uganda Federal Alliance President, Betty Kamya proposed that the Summit decision of fronting two candidates be reversed.

Kivumbi indicated that the opposition struggle currently is about unity, highlighting that the citizens were interested in a single candidate during the free and fair elections campaigns.

However, URN has learnt that MP Kivumbi was stopped by Rubaga South MP, John Ken Lukyamuzi who accused him of having no moral authority to talk about fielding two candidates, since he has not been participating in a number of TDA meetings. 

Speaking to Journalists after the meeting, Lukyamuzi said that they are still committed to talks even if they do not agree on a flag bearer.

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Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi said that the Summit discussed the challenges the alliance is facing and that proposals were made on possible solutions.

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Last week, The Democratic Alliance Summit failed to reach consensus on former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi or Forum for Democratic Change presidential flag bearer, Dr. Kizza Besigye. 


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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.