Minister Bagaine Silenced by Angry Crowd

Presidential aspirant Hon Amama Mbabazi has urged FDC’s Dr Kizza Besigye to join hands with him to take power in the 2016 elections, sildenafil view Chimp Corps report.

“Let us leave quarrels behind for unity, approved ” said Mbabazi during his first press briefing in Naguru on Friday after the collapse of the TDA arrangement to field a single opposition candidate in the 2016 elections.

“And I welcome Dr Besigye to join me, ” he added.

The former Prime Minister, who was sacked by President Museveni in 2014 before being toppled as NRM Secretary General, said the alliance of political parties “shares the same dreams and purpose to secure a better Uganda.”

The remarks came just a few hours after Besigye told journalists at TDA Secretariat in Naguru, Kampala, FDC was not contended that Mbabazi was ready for the fight for rule of law.

“We were not sure he was ready for the fight against corruption,” he added.

Besigye further said Mbabazi’s determination to change the system of governance was questionable because “he has been in government for 30 years and he never corrected NRM as it was going wrong.”

The FDC strongman said Mbabazi’s departure from NRM was because of a “transition in NRM” only to find himself amidst opposition.


Mbabazi breaks silence

But Mbabazi, speaking in soft tone, cautioned: “The truth is when we face our opponent it won’t be easy either.”

Mbabazi saluted “my fellow candidates Norbert Mao and Prof Gilbert Bukenya for putting country first” – in reference to the two opposition politicians’ support of the former premier to carry the TDA flag in the 2016 polls.

“Our primary focus is the future of our country,” said Mbabazi.

“The undeniable reality is that the new age is upon us. There are many voters out there desperate for change. They want an effective government and rule of law,” he added.

Asked by journalists to reveal identities of members on his campaign taskforce apart from his wife, daughters and relatives, Mbabazi responded: “Patience is a virtue.”

He added: “When I am going for campaigns I will announce my team. Be patient I will introduce them.”

Mbabazi also presented some of his representatives in some areas such as Kabale, Lira and Kamuli.

On what he stands for, Mbabazi observed: “When I declared my intention to stand, I said it was because the party I am in had veered off from the course of what we fought for.”

He said once elected, “I will be president of Uganda and all people irrespective of the political orientation and who they voted.”

In reference to Besigye’s claims that he is yet to exhibit determination to dismantle the NRM systems, Mbabazi said his campaign will be based on changing systems and addressing issues but not individuals.

“We are talking about a country of nearly 40 million people. Our common purpose is to oversee the transition of power from one generation to the next. It is our collective responsibility,” he emphasised.

Earlier, DP President Norbert Mao and Olara Otunnu said they threw their weight behind Mbabazi to deliver change in 2016 and that he was the “preferred choice” of majority of TDA members.

They claimed Mbabazi also got support from Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere and Miria Matembe.

Mao said Museveni has mastered the art of clinging to power for 30 years whereas Besigye had mastered losing for the last 15 years.

“We can’t stand someone who always wants to be in opposition we want someone who can take power and that’s Mbabazi.”


TDA spokesperson Wafula Oguttu described as “lies” claims by politicians that TDA had chosen a joined flag-bearer.

“Some people have been lying and spinning that TDA chose a Presidential flag-bearer, it is absolutely not true,” said Wafula.

“We do not have a TDA Joint Presidential Candidate. We didn’t reach a consensus on any of the two candidates – Besigye and Mbabazi. That is the truth.”

TDA Secretariat official, Zac Niringiye also told journalists today that, “Members of the alliance endorsed different candidates and we didn’t arrive at a consensus.”

He added: “There can’t be unveiling of a presidential candidate when there hasn’t been a consensus”.
State Minister of East African affairs, side effects Hon Shem Bageine Bajura, website earlier this week was waved down by residents of Maziba Sub County in Ndorwa East, whom he tried without success to lure away from reelecting the area MP Hon Wilfred Niwagaba.

While speaking at a function at Maziba sub county headquarters, the minister assayed to appeal to the attendants to vote only for the NRM and President Yoweri Museveni and to do away with the likes of Hon Niwagaba.

He had barely finished his statement when the crowd silenced him and shouted him down in front of the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and several dignitaries that included the Sri Lankan investors who are set to build a 6.5 megawatts Muvumbe hydro electric power dam in Maziba sub county.

Some of the voices in the crowd told him off to stop overlooking the power and ability of the citizenry to determine their own leadership.

Hon Bagaine has for the past years been considered in the constituency as the kingmaker.

Bagaine represented Ndorwa East in the old National Resistance Council (NRC) until 1996 when he quit elective and introduced Dr Avitas Tibarimbasa.

The two however became enemies and in 2001, the Minister brought the now incumbent Hon Niwagaba.

This, he now calls the lost son who was even thrown out of the party over misconduct and doesn’t deserve another term.

Bagaine is said to be pushing for a one Narisicio Tumwesigye to be elected the next Ndorwa east MP.

At the event, the crowd informed the Minister – who has been in the constituency meeting with party members — that they would vote the candidate of their choice, regardless what the NRM says.

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said at the function that the NRM party ushered in peace in the country so that people could use it to elect leaders of their choice, whom they know will bring development in their area.

“No person should come to tell you that I or the president has sent someone to stand in your area. It should be upon you the people to use the democracy to elect leaders of your own choice,” Said Dr. Rugunda.

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