Two personalities widely known in Kenyan politics have curiously waded in Uganda politics by assisting a coalition of opposition parties craft a deal which observers say present a credible challenge to the 30-year rule of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.
Former UN Secretary General and Former ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo brokered a deal which will see the Uganda opposition reorganize government in the Kenyan Grand Coalition model with a President and Prime Minister should they win next year’s elections.
Mr. Annan and Mr. Ocampo brokered the deal with Uganda Opposition luminaries who included veteran opposition politician Dr. Kizza Besigye and immediate former premier John Patrick Amama Mbazazi. Also in the London delegation was ex-Uganda diplomat Amb. Otunnu Olara.
The entry of Mr. Annan and Mr. Ocampo is set to raise political fireworks in Uganda, as it significantly shifts next year elections from Uganda affair to a global affair. So far, there are rumours that major western powers are opposed to another term for Museveni, who has been a poster boy for both Europe and America for over three decades.
The Uganda Opposition last week visited Kenya, where it is believed they held a meeting with Opposition leader Raila Odinga and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka among other CORD leaders.
Though Uganda have a Prime Minister, his role is perfunctory to that of the President, who singly wields executive power. Until he bolted out, potential 2016 Opposition candidate Amama Mbazazi served in this position.
In the Kenyan scenario after the 2007 post-poll violence; the Prime Minister, now opposition leader Raila Odinga, held a quasi-executive power arrangement with the President, allowing consultation and concurrence in critical decisions of the government. However, President Kibaki remained the titular head of state.
Meanwhile, PM Mbazazi will launch his presidential bid next week on Tuesday.
â€œI look forward to seeing all of you at my nomination as a Presidential Candidate, 2016 on Tuesday 3rd November, 2015 at 11am,â€ read a disptach from Mr. Mbabazi.