Besigye, Bobi alliance in final stages

Tuesday July 16 2019

Former FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza

Former FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, People Power leader Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi 

By Damali Mukhaye

The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has said the ongoing talks between its former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, and People Power leader, the Kyadondo East MP, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, about a common strategy for 2021 General Election, have reached final stages.
Speaking to journalists at the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi yesterday, the party chairperson, Mr Waswa Biriggwa, said they will publicly announce the resolutions of the talks soon.
He said the duo are seeking to work together to defeat the NRM government in the upcoming election.
“We have met twice with the People Power group and we are to meet again to work out the modalities of defeating the current regime. We shall notify the public about our final strategy very soon,” Mr Biriggwa said.
“Much as FDC as a party has not yet participated in the talks, Dr Besigye is doing it on our behalf and as a party, we are ready to join hands with other pressure groups with similar ideologies,” he added.
In May, Dr Besigye and Mr Kyagulanyi started informal meetings about joining hands to defeat the ruling National Resistance Movement Party and President Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.
Some of the considerations include fronting one candidate in the presidential race come 2021.
Mr Museveni, now aged 74, is also expected to contest for the sixth elective term.
Mr Biriggwa also told journalists that FDC will not join Democratic Party (DP) bloc led by Norbert Mao because it’s not a neutral alliance to associate with.
“Just like Mr Mao cannot join FDC, we cannot also join DP. If they want us to join forces, let them form a new platform which can accommodate all political parties but not the DP bloc,” Mr Biriggwa said.