Basalirwa now forms 'Holy Alliance' coalition

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Jeema president Asuman Basalirwa, the leader of the new loose grouping, said their aim is to guide Uganda through a crucial transition period via constructive dialogue and decisive action.

KAMPALA | A group of politicians have forged yet another coalition, the Holy Alliance, adding to a plethora of similar activism groups operating or in a slumber across the country.

Jeema president Asuman Basalirwa, the leader of the new loose grouping, said their aim is to guide Uganda through a crucial transition period via constructive dialogue and decisive action.

The group has politicians from Jeema, NEED, and Conservative Party, among others.

Speaking from the launch in Rugaba on Tuesday, Basalirwa emphasised the urgent need for unity in navigating the nation's crossroads.

"For God and My country," the Bugiri Municipality MP belted out, rallying support for the coalition's mission to facilitate a smooth political transition.

"We seek to create a legal framework that empowers dialogue while holding individuals accountable for any misconduct," Basalirwa added.

The Holy Alliance's primary objective is to advocate for the establishment of legislation that promotes dialogue, with provisions for sanctions against any abuse of the process.

It remains unclear how such sanctions, legal or otherwise, would be applied within the national legal frameworks.

There exists several loose coalitions in the country such as the United Forces of Change, The Democratic Alliance, and People's Front for Transition yet the Basalirwa group have added another rather than walking under any the umbrellas already open.

The new coalition members say the platforms already in place have been solely focused on electoral matters.

They asserted that unresolved issues and evolving challenges necessitated the formation of the Holy Alliance.

However, the coalition's commitment to dialogue does not preclude the use of confrontational tactics against "obstacles" hindering progress.

Members affirmed their readiness to confront any entity, including fellow opposition figures, impeding the transition agenda.

"We cannot afford to remain passive bystanders during this critical juncture," remarked a one of the members.

"We invite all who wish Uganda well to join us in this endeavor, but we will not hesitate to confront those who oppose our vision for the nation's future."

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