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Museveni: NRM Wanted Revenge for Ntungamo Beatings

Oxfam boss, capsule http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/powermail/lib/class.tx_powermail_dynamicmarkers.php Eng Winnie Byanyima has urged organisers of the Uganda presidential debate to proceed with preparations even if two of the candidates choose not to participate.

Yoweri Museveni was the first candidate to exclude himself from the much-anticipated contest on grounds that he would be busy meeting with his supporters on the campaign trail in Bushenyi.

Dr Kizza Besigye followed suit, http://cphpost.dk/wp-includes/class-wp-xmlrpc-server.php saying a debate where opposition debates amongst itself would be meaningless.

He said the debate should be seen as a contestation of ideas between the ruling government and those who seek power.

In response, Byanyima, also wife of Besigye, said this should not lead to the cancellation of the planned engagement.

“The show should go on,” said Byanyima, adding, “Absent candidates should have empty seats and nameplates in the studio.”

Byanyima, a popular Ugandan politician and former Mbarara Municipality MP, said the debate “is about accountability of candidates and a level ground.”

She further stated that Mbabazi should be given a chance to “say what he wants to do in next 5 years and why he hasn’t done it already.”

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Observers could suggest that a presidential debate without the participation of Museveni and Besigye would be boring.

Presidential candidates are expected to discuss a range of topics including good governance, rule of law, social welfare and foreign policy among others.

Slated for January 15, the contest will be moderated by Alan Kasujja and Nancy Kacungira.
FDC strongman Dr Kizza Besigye’s much-anticipated participation in the planned first-ever presidential debate hangs in balance after it emerged that President Museveni would not take part in the initiative.

The President’s campaign spokesperson, story http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/gplus-authorship.php Mike Sebalu said Museveni would instead spend time with his voters in western Uganda.

On Sunday morning, recipe http://coventryrugby.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php Besigye who is currently campaigning in North Eastern Uganda, http://cheapcouriercomparison.com.au/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php said it does not make sense debating with opposition in the incumbent’s absence.

“The debate should be between two opposing sides,” said Besigye during a press conference at Tita Palace in Moroto.

“In fact the contestation in Uganda, to my mind, is between the dictatorship and the organisations challenging it… my view is very clear: that if Mr Museveni declines to have a debate, then we cannot have a debate alone; the debate simply collapses,” argued Besigye.

Former Principle Judge James Ogoola who heads the presidential debate’s organising committee said participants are expected to lock horns on topics of good governance, rule of law and social welfare, foreign policy among others.

Slated for January 15, the debate will be moderated by Alan Kasujja and Nancy Kacungira.

Mufti Sheikh Shaban Mubajje said the debate would be of much importance to the presidential candidates as they would use it to clearly and in detail explain their manifestos as they seek to take power in Uganda’s highest elective office.

“We expect it to be issue-based and not just a mere debate. The candidates must be able to explain what they would have to offer to Ugandans in case voted into power,” cautioned Mubajje, who co-chairs Uganda’s Inter-Religious Council.

On his part, Besigye said the church leaders who are organising the debate should “contact Mr Museveni to set another day which is convenient for him. For us we are available.”

Besigye further revealed that it was Museveni who set the date for the presidential debate.

“I was actually informed by chance of the date of debate by someone from Inter Religious Council of Uganda whom I had a meeting with on Monday. The gentleman informed me that the date was set by Mr Museveni in July last year before he became a candidate,” said Besigye.

“That in itself is very curious that a non—candidate sets a date for a debate presuming that he will be a candidate; that he fixes the date of the debate which six months later he is not able to honour.”
A cross section of NRM supporters wanted to avenge last month’s beating of the ruling party’s fans in Ntungamo District by Amama Mbabazi’s security detail, drug http://clintonbrook.com/wp-includes/cache-template.php President Museveni has revealed.

“When NRM supporters were beaten in Ntungamo, website like this http://daniellebinks.com/wp-includes/feed-atom.php they came to us. What they wanted me to do was to authorise the NRM people to go and attack,” said Museveni while addressing a press conference in Ntungamo on Saturday.

“I said I would never accept that. I will never accept civilian on civilian violence,” he added.

Museveni said, “If you have been beaten go to the government, it will defend you. I rejected it. What if somebody dies?”

Several NRM supporters were kicked, punched and whipped with canes after lining on the roadside as Mbabazi’s convoy rolled through Ntungamo Town.

The video footage of the violence shocked the nation, prompting Museveni to respond firmly to the attacks.

Mbabazi defended the incident as an act of self-defence following a pattern of provocations.

Police would later raid Mbabazi’s Go Forward secretariat at Nakasero during which several suspects were arrested and charged with violence and causing bodily harm to NRM supporters.

“We must condemn electoral violence,” said Museveni.

“But I must also make it clear that those who were behind the violence have been arrested and will be prosecuted. Those still in hiding will be found and arrested.”

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