Uganda opposition presidential candidates meet in London

Amama Mbaba and Kizza Besigye

Amama Mbaba and Kizza Besigye

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi of The Democratic Alliance (TDA) have met in London, UK under the mediation of the Koffi Annan Foundation.

The two opposition leaders seeking to challenge the ruling party National Resistance Movement’s candidate President Yoweri Museveni for president in next year’s general election have lately disagreed on who or of the two should jointly represent the opposition.

FDC and Besigye have left TDA and are pursuing independent candidacy, and majority parties within the coalition have coalesced around Mbabazi.

“We have made substantial progress in preparations for the 2016 general elections in Uganda. We will subsequently report to our respective political structures so as to complete the arrangements guaranteeing our success in the presidential elections,” the duo said in a joint statement.

Mbabazi has also announced via his Facebook Page he will be officially nominated for President next week on Tuesday.

Both candidates have come out against ‘police brutality’ in Uganda, they claim Museveni is using the police to disrupt opposition activities and infringing upon the constitutional rights of Ugandans. Both have been arrested and detained over their campaign plans.

The country’s police force has been widely condemned for using excessive force against presidential candidates and their supporters and President Museveni is yet to address police criticism.

Analysts say if both Besigye and Mbabazi run, Museveni’s chances to extend his stay in power will significantly increase.