By Mukose Arnold Anthony
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC and justice forum JEEMA have on Thursday morning set and agreed on conditions to followed before fronting a joint candidate for Bugiri municipality member of parliament between FDC’s Eunice Namatende and JEEMA president Asuman Basalirwa.
In a closed meeting attended by only officials that included Hussein Kyanjo for JEEMA and Patrick Oboi Amuriat, Wasswa Birigwa, Walid Lubega, Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, Harold Kaija for FDC at Najjanakumbi without candidates they agreed front a joint candidate after fulfilling the set conditions.
In an interview with this website FDC’s President Eng Patrick Oboi Amuriat, has confirmed and reveal that as FDC they agreed and accommodated JEEMA’s conditions.
Among the set conditions include joint ground survey to come up with the most popular candidate instead of following social media and Kampala based voices, convicting both candidates to agree on the dialogue resolutions and a joint rally in case they agree on who to support.
“We have agreed on a number of issues but principally for us to go on the ground and carryout an impression survey about the standing of the candidates, a joint candidate is now our goal but it should be subjected to a process because both candidates believe they have an upper hand in winning the election. There is going to be consultations between our side and our own candidate over what we have agreed in the meeting then we will agree on the deliberate steps that need to be taken in making an opinion and I believe by Wednesday next week, the country will have known our joint stand” Eng Amuriat revealed.
“We expect commitments from either sides as we go ahead with this process and to begin with, there must be an endorsement by both candidates about what we are doing since they have invested in a lot and it couldn’t be our own decision and therefore breakaway sessions that will involve both parties to meet their candidate” Eng Amuriat emphasized.
Amuriat further revealed that JEEMA has apologized and expressed regrets to FDC over sparking and igniting insults through their agents before officially writing to FDC and that the apology has been welcomed by the party
“We can’t make our decisions based on social media since its an open platform for everyone and sometimes its too confusing to which decision that is why we are moving away from social media and we have received an apology from our sister party over some party officials involving themselves in insulting posts against FDC with blackmail and as a party we have accepted the apology and promised a good working relationship” Amuriat noted
Though hon. Hussein Kyanjo has declined to divulge details of the meeting but he promised to call a press conference after meeting their candidate.
“Its true we have met with FDC today and am taking these resolutions to the officials and our candidate to discuss on how to go about it though I can’t divulge much before meeting the party but we will soon reveal more of our meeting resolutions” Hon Hussein Kyanjo informed