Get out of Kampala, Bwanika tells Opposition

Monday March 30 2015

People’s Development Party president Abed Bwanika

People’s Development Party president Abed Bwanika addresses journalists in Mbarara Town last Friday. PHOTO BY RAJAB MUKOMBOZI 



People’s Development Party (PPD) president Abed Bwanika has told Opposition political parties to get out of Kampala and canvass for support in the villages if they want to stand a chance of winning the 2016 presidential elections.

Responding to a question raised during a media briefing in Mbarara Town last Friday as to whether PDP supports the proposal for a grand coalition in 2016 elections, Dr Bwanika said he is in agreement.

He, however, added that such an arrangement might not make a difference if the opposition parties just sit in Kampala.

“Even with a single candidate, if Opposition parties don’t go to the grassroots and have formidable structures, winning the presidency under a single candidate might not be possible,” he said.

He said this is the reason the PDP party is traversing the whole country.
He said they are forming structures in every district, popularising their policies and what they stand for.

Mr Bwanika said his party officials will be in Ankole sub-region for two weeks after traversing Teso, Busoga and Ruwenzori sub-regions.

Kiruhura District FDC chairperson Mweteise Bintabara admitted that one cannot win an election without grassroot support.

He said his party has embarked on a vigorous nationwide campaign.

President Museveni, who has on four occasions defeated his opponents, has used the edge at grassroots to his advantage.