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The principal objectives of TDA would now be preserving opposition solidarity, pursuing our common goal of effecting democratic change, maintaining cooperation and preventing conflicts within opposition, presenting common demands and defense for protecting the democratic rights of opposition, reads part of Otunnus letter to the Summit.

Dr. Olara Otunnu, the embattled Uganda People's Congress Party-UPC President has proposed structural changes to The Democratic Alliance-TDA protocol for the survival of the alliance. In his letter to the TDA summit that URN has seen, Otunu argues that the changes will help hold the alliance together following its failure to select a joint presidential candidate.
 

As a result, Kizza Besigye, the FDC flag bearer and Amama Mbabazi, the head of the Go Forward pro change, which are both signatories to TDA protocol, presented themselves to the Electoral Commission for nomination. Besigye is being supported by his party the Forum for Democratic Change and Conservative party while Mbabazi has the backing of Democratic Party, Uganda Federal Alliance, Justice Forum, People's Progressive Party and People's Progressive Party.

 
"In consequence we have decided to pursue two separate paths, with two separate presidential candidates and two separate campaigns. This major development and setback necessitates the reconfiguration of TDA arrangement," writes Otunnu. He proposes that TDA remains an opposition platform instead of an electoral alliance, adding that the revised arrangement would amount to a confederation rather than a federation.  

 
"The principal objectives of TDA would now be preserving opposition solidarity, pursuing our common goal of effecting democratic change, maintaining cooperation and preventing conflicts within opposition, presenting common demands and defense for protecting the democratic rights of opposition," reads part of Otunnu's letter to the Summit. 


He notes that the TDA protocol has to be reviewed if the alliance is to continue existing. The UPC leader wants the Summit to agree on new modalities for using and accessing the TDA offices and facilities. He cautions against acts and war of words between signatories of the alliance and urges the opposition to work in two separate paths but for the common goal of ousting Museveni's regime, which he says can only be achieved through exercising great discipline and self-restraint by TDA members. 


 
Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party president agrees with the proposed structural changes. Mao says the structural changes are necessary following the departure of the former vice President Gilbert Bukenya from the alliance.
 
 
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He however, downplays the danger of fielding Besigye and Mbabazi as presidential candidates saying they will reduce the possibility of president Museveni registering outright victory. According to Mao, Museveni and Mbabazi will share the NRM party votes whereas Besigye will pull majority votes that would result in their major aim of ousting Museveni.

  
A reliable source at TDA Secretariat says the Summit has started discussing Otunnu's proposals with a view of making the necessary changes to the protocol.