The Democratic Alliance-TDA, insists that presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi must sign the group\'s protocol before his nomination forms to contest for election as the joint presidential candidate can be considered.
On Wednesday, Mbabazi picked the TDA presidential nomination forms through his lawyer Severino Twinobusingye. However, by this afternoon, Mbabazi had not yet returned the nomination forms. The exercise closed today at 4pm.
Recently, Mbabazi said he was in support of the ideals of TDA but expressed reservations on its protocol. One of them was to do with the proposed size of cabinet and formation of a transitional government should the opposition win the 2016 elections.
Mbabazi noted that there was no justification to form a transitional leadership after the elections when the country is under democratic dispensation and can have a substantive government with an elected president.
Article 12(36) of TDA Protocol states that â€œUpon winning power, the Alliance shall establish a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU), which shall serve for a period not exceeding five years.â€
Wafula Oguttu, the TDA spokesperson says the concerns raised by Mbabazi about the TDA protocol can only be considered when the former prime minister signs the protocol.
Bishop Zac Nirigiye, the TDA Secretariat Coordinator explained that Mbabazi\'s nomination forms can only be admissible if he is supported by five TDA members, a declaration to support the demand for electoral reforms under Citizen\'s Compact and the TDA protocol.
He explained that to date, Mbabazi has not signed the TDA protocol despite his NRM Pro-Change team having been part of its formulation.