TDA Disagree on Joint Candidate

The Democratic Alliance (TDA) yesterday night publicly admitted that it has failed to agree on a single candidate in the 2016 presidential polls.


The announcement came after numerous postponements as the alliance struggled to bring together and pick one candidate from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Kizza Besigye flag bearer and former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi who is contesting as an independent.

On Monday, TDA had promised to announce its joint candidate yesterday at 2:00pm.

In a press statement, TDA confessed it could not arrive at a consensus. \

“The Summit has not been able to build consensus on either Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi or Col (Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye. It is therefore clear that the membership of the Alliance will take different paths in respect to the matter of a presidential candidate.”

DP, Go-Forward Pro-Change, PPP, UFA, and UPC have endorsed the candidature of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi while CP and FDC have endorsed the candidature of Col (Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye.

JEEMA and PNU remained indifferent.

Crisis locked the alliance since it admitted the former prime minister with a section of FDC radicals protesting and demanding the party to withdraw from the coalition.

The press statement indicated that the TDA summit will “convene at an appropriate moment to consider the other aspects of TDA work, in respect to continuing to explore unity and cooperation in pursuing the goals and objectives of the Alliance.”