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Besigye Confirms Participation in Presidential Debate

Dr. Besigye told voters in Budaka Taxi Park this afternoon that he doesnt just want to hear about the agendas of his rivals but he wants to face them articulate what they have for Ugandans.
14 Jan 2016 17:39
Dr. Kizza Besigye has made a U-turn and confirmed his participation in the presidential candidate\'s debate scheduled for tomorrow. 

The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC presidential candidate told voters in Budaka Taxi Park this afternoon, that he doesn\'t just want to hear about the agendas of his rivals, but he wants to face them articulate what they have for Ugandans.

Without divulging details, Besigye said they are pushing their rival and incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni to participate in the debate. He attacked Museveni for shying away from facing off with other presidential candidates under the guise of a tight campaign schedule for fear of accounting to Ugandans for his 30 year rule.

However, Besigye claimed he knew in advance that Museveni wouldn\'t attend the debate because “he has taken untenable positions over the last 30 years”. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the FDC party spokesperson also posted in his twitter handle confirming Besigye\'s participation in the debate. â€œConfirmed: Besigye to attend presidential debate,” read a tweet from Ssemujju.

Early this week, Besigye vowed not to show up for the presidential candidate\'s debate without the participation of Museveni. He told voters in Moroto on Sunday that it was pointless for the remaining presidential candidates to debate amongst themselves without the incumbent. 

Ofwono Opondo, the director of the government Media Center to journalists on Wednesday that Museveni would skip the debate to continue with his campaigns. Justice James Ogoola, the chairman of the Elders Forum Uganda –TEFU told journalists on Wednesday that the debate would go on without or without some of the candidates.

More than 1,000 people will make up the live audience for the debate at Serena Hotel.

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