PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SIGING OF THE PROTOCOL OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

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The summit of the Democratic Alliance convenes at Eureka Hotel in Ntinda, Kampala. Photo by Ivan Okuda

Fellow Ugandans Members of the press Introduction

We are delighted to address to you this morning. At this moment, the country is aware that leaders of political parties, pro-democracy pressure groups and eminent Ugandan citizens met on June 4-7, 2015 at Katomi Kingdom Resort. The purpose of the consultation was to agree on a grand political alliance that will shape the future of governance and development in our country. The Consultation follows a series of informal consultations held over the last two months, which enabled us to identify and agree on the goals and details of the alliance. The purpose of inviting you here this morning is to brief you on the details and conclusions from the consultation process.

 Background

 As you are aware, the entire country has been involved in a major campaign to demand for the reform of our electoral system. The goal of this Campaign is to ensure the establishment of a credible electoral management system for our country and create the necessary conditions for free and fair elections. A Free and fair election is a promise of our constitution. However, the Museveni regime has betrayed that promise and remains obstinate in refusing to undertake the desired citizens reforms as proposed by the citizens through the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections.

Indeed, in spite of the consistent calls to reform our distorted electoral management system towards and after 2011 general elections, and after five years of running government, the regime is now scampering and stampeding our parliament with last minute proposed reforms that do not meet the aspirations of Ugandans. So far, the incumbent government shows no commitment to honor the reforms proposed and favored by the citizens as outlined in the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other proposed reforms advanced by other interest groups. The arrogance with which the incumbent regime treats citizens’ opinion has reached its highest limits and we will spare no effort in working all Ugandans and other democracy seeking forces in stopping such arrogance.

 Formation of The Democratic Alliance

We have resolved to form ourselves into The Democratic Alliance (TDA). The main goal of The Democratic Alliance is to win power and form government in order to build a Uganda where there is equal opportunity and shared prosperity for all citizens. Our objectives are:

 a) To build the necessary mobilization capabilities and organizational infrastructure of the Alliance and its members in order to win powe

  1. b) To develop and present a common policy and governance agenda for electi
  2. c) Ensure the attainment of an electoral majority by fielding candidates for all electoral positions across the country.
  1. d) To field joint candidates for electoral offices as set out in the TDA Protoco
  1. e) To Constitute a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) with the purpose of implementing appropriate political and economic reforms to build a strong and durable foundation for democracy, rule of law and economic jus

Membership

The Alliance has three categories of members:

–       Registered political parties or organizations.

–        Recognized pressure groups and other citizens’ formations vetted and admitted in accordance with the TDA Protocol.

–        Eminent individual citizens vetted and admitted in accordance with the TDA protocol.

Governance structures of the Alliance

The governance structures of The Democratic Alliance are:

o The Summit – which is the policy and decision-making organ of the Alliance.

o The National Candidates Committee – which is responsible for managing the candidates’ selection process.

o The National Secretariat – which will be responsible for the running of the Alliance’s affairs including research and policy development.

We also agreed on the following important issues:

We will field a joint presidential candidate who will be arrived at by consensus by the Summit. The person agreed to be the Presidential Candidate of the Alliance shall, in consultation with the Summit, select a Campaign Team of

the Alliance.

The National Candidates Committee shall present to the Summit for approval a detailed criteria for selecting a Presidential Candidate and the Campaign Team of the Alliance.

We will also field joint candidates for all elective positions. These are:

  1. a. Members of parliament
  1. b. LCV chairpersons and Councilors c. City and municipal mayors
  2. d. LCIII chairpersons and councilors e. LCI

Upon winning power, the Alliance shall establish a Transitional Government of

National Unity (TGNU), which shall serve for a period not exceeding 5 years. The immediate goals of the TGNU over the transition period shall be:

  1. a)     To undertake appropriate political and electoral reform
  1. b)     To reorganize and rebuild state institutions and cut down the size of

Government.

  1. c) To establish a credible electoral management system and organize free and fair election
  1. d) To undertake economic reforms to stimulate job-creating economic growth and create conditions for equal opportunity and shared prosperity.
  1. e)     To implement measures to eliminate the cancer of

We agreed on the following mandate and limits for the Transitional Government of National Unity.

  1. i) A person who serves in the position of President under the transitional Government of National Unity shall not be eligible to contest for, or serve in a political office for a period of at least 5 years after the term of the Transitional Government of National Unity.
  2. ii) The Cabinet under the Transitional Government of National Unity shall be comprised of not more than 21 ministers and 21 state m

iii)    A member of parliament who is appointed to a cabinet or other political position shall resign from parliament.

  1. iv) The President of the TGNU shall not appoint more than 10 advisers unless this commitment is varied by a decision of the Summ
  2. v) The Government shall ensure that political, electoral and economic reforms, including reform of public administration, are pursued within the first two years of the T
  3. vi) In all appointments, the Government shall ensure gender parity.

vii) The TGNU shall ensure that equitable criteria are established to allocate funding to all duly registered political parties, provided they demonstrate evidence of adherence to national laws and their constitutions.

viii) Consistent with the principle of excellence, any nominations   or appointment to any public office shall be based on merit, expertise, professionalism and integrity.

  1. ix) The Transitional Government shall present this Protocol for ratification by Parliament within not more than six months after the formation of Governm

Commitment to unity

We are conscious that Ugandans here at home and abroad are depressed over the direction that our country is taking. We know that they are resolute in changing the course of direction our country is taking and are anxious to

hear a message of unity. We therefore constitute ourselves into The Democratic Alliance in order to offer effective leadership in the struggle to overcome the current dictatorship and create conditions that will usher in a new future of equal opportunity and shared prosperity.

We call upon every Ugandan to remain unyielding and steadfast in working for a better future.

For God and My Country

June 10, 2015

 Kampala, Uganda

Download the TDA protocah here:TDA ProtocolN

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