The Independent candidate  for 2016  presidential race,  John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has argued FDC flag bearer Col (rtd) Dr. Kiiza Besigye to join him to defeat President Museveni come 2016.

“I welcome Dr Besigye to join me and we work together to get the change we desire,” Mr Mbabazi said at a press conference, adding that the two should work for unity.

Mbabazi also hailed his fellow candidates, Democratic Party (DP) President General Norbert Mao and former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya for putting ‘country first’, in reference to the two opposition politicians’ support for him to carry the TDA flag in the 2016 polls.

Two weeks ago, Mr Mbabazi was nominated by the TDA summit to contest for the flag bearer position alongside Dr Besigye, Prof Bukenya and Mao.

However, Mbabazi’s remarks came a few hours after Dr Besigye expressed reservations over his governance credentials, including his lengthy involvement with the NRM spanning about three decades.

The former Prime Minister and erstwhile Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), Mr Mbabazi announced he would contest as the party’s chairman to lead the party in the 2016 elections.

His intentions did not materialise, prompting him to associate with  TDA, which has now endorsed his candidature.