Beer Battle: AB InBev to Take Over Rival SABMiller

Opposition Democratic Alliance (TDA) has assured Ugandans the coalition will be able to reveal its joint flag-bearer by September 14 despite what is seen as a delay in decision making ahead of the 2016 elections.

There was considerable concern that the alliance might fail to catch up with the Electoral Commission roadmap which requires all presidential candidates to return their nomination forms by September 21.

However, capsule TDA Acting Chairman and FDC National Chairman, visit this Amb. Waswa Biriggwa told journalists at the TDA secretariat in Naguru that the flag-bearer would be unveiled in time.

He reiterated the need to harmonise different positions from several groups to reach a common position on key issues ahead of the national campaigns.

Today’s summit lasted over 7 hours.

2016 Plan 

It is reported that members discussed extensively the strategy to be adopted to remove President Museveni from power.

Some members reportedly advocated for the holding of civil disobedience campaigns to pressure government to adopt electoral reforms.


Government recently adopted several electoral reforms but civil and political activists say the most important ones were ignored.

Members who attended the meeting include Dr Kizza Besigye, Biriggwa, UPC’s Olara Otunnu, ex MP Okello Okello, FDC President Mugisha Muntu among others.

Biriggwa told journalists that FDC National Executive Committee (NEC) members on Monday took a decision to participate in the 2016 polls irrespective of prevailing circumstances despite the party flag bearer, Dr Besigye maintaining his call to push for electoral reforms before elections take place.

Besigye has on several occasions been quoted assuring the public that there was no need to participate in the 2016 elections if the electoral reforms were not in place.

On accommodating presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, Biriggwa observed that TDA shall go on with its laid down road map whether the former premier joins or not.

“We must all understand that during Mbabazi’s first visit to the alliance, he raised several concerns and we requested him to put his claims in writing so that we can find a way of harmoniously reaching a decision,” said Biriggwa.

“We haven’t received any submission from him but we are ready to deal with them once brought to our attention; this is may be because he is still very busy with consultative meetings.”

All aspiring TDA joint presidential candidates are expected to return their nomination forms by September 10.
The world’s largest brewer, illness Anheuser-Busch InBev (AHBIF) is set to make a takeover bid for its biggest rival SABMiller.

Combining the two would create a company with a market capitalization of about $276 billion, order and annual sales of $55 billion.

SABMiller (SBMRY) in a statement said, visit this ” The board of SABMiller notes the recent press speculation and confirms that Anheuser-Busch InBev has informed SABMiller that it intends to make a proposal to acquire SABMiller.”

The company further said no proposal has yet been received and the board of SABMiller has no further details about the terms of any such proposal.”

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the owner of Budweiser and Bud Light has been reported to have interest in making the bid for a while.

The company which engages in the production, distribution and sale of beer, alcoholic beverage and soft drinks worldwide has had its sales of Budweiser and Bud Light weakening for years, putting the brewer in a tough spot.

With its headquarters in London, SABMiller shares surged by about 18% in London. Shares in AB InBev are also up about 8%.

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