Museveni, Besigye, Mbabazi Confirm Participation In Presidential Debate Top story

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Dr. Joseph Sserwadda, a coordinator of the taskforce spearheading the presidential debate scheduled for January 15, 2016, says that apart from independent candidate, Maureen Kyalya, all other candidates have confirmed attendance.

The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) says it has received confirmation from at least seven of the eight presidential candidates to participate in a live debate ahead of the 2016 polls.
 
Dr. Joseph Sserwadda, one of the coordinators of the taskforce spearheading the presidential debate scheduled for January 15, 2016, says that apart from independent candidate, Maureen Kyalya, all other candidates have confirmed attendance.
 
Sserwadda says official communication was initially sent out to all candidates to participate in the debate, expected to be screened live across all television stations.
 
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The televised debate is expected to be held at the Kampala Serena Hotel, with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
 
It comes after FDC presidential flag bearer, Dr. Kizza Besigye challenged Museveni to a live debate to discuss national issues.
 
It will pit incumbent Museveni against Besigye, independents Amama Mbabazi, Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi, Venansius Baryamureeba and PDP's Abed Bwanika.
 
According to Dr. Sserwadda, the debate will be a chance for Ugandans to articulate their issues to the public.
 
Candidates who do not participate, Sserwadda adds, will miss out on a chance to rally and convince the electorate to support their bids in the February 2016 polls.
 
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If pulled off, this will be the first presidential debate in Uganda. There have been efforts to have presidential debates since 1996. Previous efforts failed to obtain candidates consent. In 2011, the presidential candidates failed to agree with the production led by Tim Sabastian, a former BBC talkshow host and current host of the Doha debates.

In 2011, the country witnessed the first ever Kampala mayoral debate.
In August, FDC party also hosted a live debate between presidential flag bearers, Kizza Besigye and Major General Mugisha Muntu.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.