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The Democratic Alliance-TDA Summit is considering the possibility of fielding former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Forum for Democratic Change-FDC presidential flag bearer Kizza Besigye separately or as running mates.
14 Sep 2015 18:17
Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi arriving at the Democratic Alliance offices on Friday last week.
The Democratic Alliance-TDA Summit is considering the possibility of fielding former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Forum for Democratic Change-FDC presidential flag bearer Kizza Besigye separately or as running mates. 

According to a source, the matter came up for discussion in The Democratic Alliance-TDA Summit this morning. The source says the move is aimed at stretching the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to ensure he doesn\'t garner the 51 percent vote required to force a rerun.

Some of those who attended the meeting include DP President Norbert Mao, Betty Olive Kamya of Uganda Federal Alliance, UPC\'s Olara Otunnu, FDC\'s Mugisha Muntu, Kizza Besigye, Go-Forward Pressure Group leader Amama Mbabazi and Hope Mwesigye.

Others include Brenda Nabukenya, Wasswa Biriggwa, Jeema President Asuman Basalirwa, Maria Matembe and Professor Gilbert Bukenya, the head of Pressure for National Unity-PNU. URN has also learnt that at the start of the meeting, some of the presidential candidates under The Democratic Alliance why the summit gave Mbabazi a lot of time to submit his nomination forms.

Mbabazi returned his nomination forms at around 10pm on Friday past the 2pm deadline set by the summit. He was expected to return his nomination forms at the TDA offices in Naguru at mid-day on Friday but he showed up after 2pm to pick new forms saying the earlier forms were spoilt.

He was granted more time to return the new forms later on in the day but showed up past 10pm and was nominated thereafter after signing the TDA protocol. The Democratic Alliance National Candidates Selection committee that sat on Sunday has also come up with a draft report rating all joint presidential candidates.

The final report is to be forwarded to The Democratic Alliance summit that is expected to go for a retreat in the next two days to harmonise on whether to field  single candidate or not.  The summit is expected to announce a joint presidential candidate on 18th September 2015.