TDA Sets Terms for Mbabazi

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Wafula Oguttu, the TDA spokesperson says the concerns of Mbabazi about the TDA protocol can only be considered when the former prime minister signs the protocol.

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 "Upon winning power, the Alliance shall establish a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU), which shall serve for a period not exceeding five years." 
 
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.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.