Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has been nominated to contest as a joint opposition presidential candidate under The Democratic Alliance (TDA).
Mbabazi was nominated at around 10:10pm on Friday night under his Go Forward-Pro Change pressure group after assenting to the TDA protocol and Citizens Compact on constitutional and electoral reforms.
“I Amama Mbabazi hereby consent to my nomination as a candidate for elections as a joint candidate of The Democratic Alliance, TDA for the position of joint president and declare that I support and will remain committed to the goal, objectives and fundamental principles and values of TDA.
And I support as set out in the TDA protocol, the constitutional and electoral reform proposals set out in the citizens compact of free and fair elections. And I will spare no effort in promoting and fighting for the reforms to be enacted into law as appropriate. I support minimum policy and governance agenda of The Democratic Alliance and in the event that am not selected as a TDA joint candidate, I will support the campaign of the TDA candidate.”, Mbabazi said.
TDA summit Chairperson Fredrick Ssempebwa, TDA Secretariat Coordinator Bishop Zac Niringiye, Justice Forum’s (JEEMA) party president Asuman Basaalirwa and PPP Vice president Dick Oduu witnessed Mbabazi signing the TDA protocol.
Bishop Zac Niringiye, TDA secretariat coordinator welcomed Mbabazi to the Alliance. Mbabazi will face off with other aspirants including FDC’s Dr Kizza Besigye, DP’s Norbert Mao and PNU’s Prof Gilbert Bukenya.
Shortly after his nomination, Mbabazi told journalists that he would continue engaging the TDA summit on some of the issues he had earlier raised on the protocol including on the selection of a TDA candidate and formation of a government if a TDA candidate wins. He also noted that his nationwide consultation meetings will continue as scheduled since he has not ceased being a presidential aspirant by signing the TDA protocol.
Mbabazi said although he supports electoral reforms before elections are held, the push for the rule of law is paramount.
“Because you can have a good law – it becomes meaningless if laws that are meant to implement it actually breach it or violate it. And today we are witnessing cases of violation of laws of Uganda by those who are supposed to implement them. It has almost assumed punitive proportions, so I think the more critical thing is the lack of respect for the rule of law, violations of the laws in our statute books especially by government. And this is much more serious. It can only be achieved by organising ourselves so that we elect those who will respect the law.”, he said.
TDA is a loose coalition of opposition political parties, Civil Society and Pressure groups ahead of the 2016 general elections.