Muntu also counters Amuriat on allegation that he “failed Besigye’s move to claim their victory”. He said instead, the activities failed because the masses did not back it.
“We called for activities to make government respond to our demands they didn’t participate in them. I was at the Headquarters on the 5th of May for the activities we had planned but they never showed up. We called for a stay home and people refused and went on with their businesses.
“That’s what we should be asking ourselves. Why don’t we ask ourselves why people didn’t respond positively to claim their victory and address that instead of engaging in blame game?”
On the lack of financing, defections, reduction in the number of MPs, he says they are interlinked with the strife they have generated in the party.
Muntu says: “A party which is ever in conflicts cannot attract financing. Who is going to fund the party that is going up in smoke? Why do you think I let them walk all over me? Why do you think I keep quiet even when I am provoked to unimaginable levels? That’s what leading by example means. I want to keep the party together, I want to minimize conflict. I want to brand the party to be able to attract financing and membership.”
He cites the recent attempt to impeach. He says when youth started to collect signatures, he summoned the party administrative organ; the National executive Council (NEC) and told them not to interfere with the impeachment exercise.
He says: “I said that no one should retaliate because if we had retaliated, there wouldn’t be FDC now. The impeachment process died a natural death. Some of those boys have come to me and told me they had been sent to do that. The same people that sent them are the ones accusing me of failing to unite the party!”
Muntu says his approach is to lead by example.
I have participated in party elections several times,” he says, “I have lost most of those times but I don’t start conflicts. I lose I go behind the person that has defeated me. I don’t form parallel structures. I don’t form other parties.”
“They fight me I don’t fight back. I create space for them to operate,” he says “For instance, I didn’t support Nandala in the race for Secretary General and openly, but when he won, I respected the people’s choice and created space for us to work together.”
Muntu also defends his two-way strategy.
“I have built the political culture not just the physical infrastructure aspect,” he says, “If we continue preparing ourselves, we will gain the momentum that enables even the flag bearer to win. That is the only method I am convinced about. But I haven’t stopped anyone from exploring other methods.”
“The problem isn’t having two strategies,” he told The Independent, “The two aren’t in conflict and I have said that so many times but they don’t want to understand it. I have told them to engage in defiance while I engage in organisation.
“If defiance takes power, you need an organisation to manage it, if defiance fails, you need an organisation that will participate in politics. The two are not mutually exclusive.”
Former leader of the opposition in parliament and FDC stalwart, Wafula Oguttu, agrees with Muntu on this.
“The party strategy I know that was discussed and agreed upon by NEC in 2016 is one struggle; two fronts that is; covert and overt organisation for action through defiance to crack and weaken the regime, organisation through setting up overt party structures to hold meetings, prepare for periodic elections. The convergence of the two fronts is coordination in removing the regime,” he posted on the WhatsApp group page.
On members’ defections to NRM, Muntu says he has no power to stop people from leaving.
“Why didn’t Nandala stop his campaign manager Kisoro from defecting? Where is his chairman in Sironko? Where is Paul Mugoya? Where is Rubaramira Ruranga? All those participated in Nandala’s campaign,” he says.