Uganda’s presidential debates are set to kick off on Friday, with the participation of President Yoweri Museveni still remaining unclear.
Museveni, one of Africa’s longest serving presidents, has been challenged to a two leg debate by seven of his opponents, including his two front running challengers, FDC candidate Kizza Besigye and former prime minister, Amama Mbabazi.
However, reports say there has not been a definite commitment from the president due to his “busy campaign schedule”.
“I address four rallies a day. I do not know what my staff have worked out, if they resolve it, I will attend,” Museveni was quoted saying.
But Besigye dismissed Museveni’s remarks, saying the 71 year old president feared a public debate after failing to improve the lives of ordinary Ugandans during his three decades in power.
“He first accepted but yesterday he said he can’t do it now. Of course we knew he would fear to come and face the people of Uganda whom he has told lies all these 30 years,” said Besgiye.
The East African nation is expected to hold its presidential polls on February 18.