FDC elders advise Muntu to leave FDC for Besigye, explain alternative plans for him for 2021
Kampala, Uganda | AGATHER ATUHAIRE | In a radical proposal, some supporters of FDC Party President Mugisha Muntu say he should withdraw from contesting for re-election as party president. They argue that freeing himself would enable him to better market himself to contest for Presidency in 2021.
The move would apparently involve Muntu either quitting the FDC completely or merely maintaining an address in the party while pursuing his individual agenda in the same way FDC strongman and former party president KizzaBesigye appears to be doing.
“He needs to come out of crises and organise like-minded people against Museveni and this needs to be done early enough to allow us demonstrate a difference from the radical FDC and clearly standout of the FDC and KB shadow,” says the Hoima District FDC Chairman Jackson Wabyona.
“Waiting to move at flag bearer time will be too late to galvanize all the pro change forces both within political parties and outside,” he added.
Party elder and respected legal counsel Wandera Ogalo says Muntu’s supporters have reason to be concerned about Muntu’s future in that party. He also feels that Muntu has been misunderstood and undermined by other party leaders and it has drained him.
He told The Independent that he recently went with fellow elder and former East African Legislative Assembly Secretary General Amanya Mushega to see Muntu and asked him why he was putting up with the mistreatment that he has been subjected to ever since he became Party President.
Muntu, he says, responded that he cannot give his detractors the confrontations they want because that would further destabilise the party.
Ogalo says if he were Muntu he would listen to the suggestions of his supporters.
“If I were Muntu I would leave FDC and belong to another party where I can further my ideas,” he said, “from the way things are, the party he is struggling to keep together will inevitably split.”
He thinks the party will not survive the upcoming election since the two factions are both waiting to see what comes out of the election to take a step.
Like some of Muntu’s supporters, he says that it would be suicidal for Muntu and his supporters to wait to move after being beaten in the upcoming elections.
The debate of these controversial proposals started after the party released the road map for the election of its next president. According to the roadmap, the Presidential Candidates will be nominated on August 14 and 15 and open campaigns will kick-off on August 17. The elections will be held on Nov. 18. Muntu is expected to offer himself for re-election and later seek to be the party flag-bearer in 2021. Although he was elected as party president, he was defeated by Besigye in the race to be flag bearer in the 2016 national presidential election.
His supporters, who shared their views on their Whatsapp group on how to make sure Muntu is on the ballot for the 2021 Presidential elections say he will not have garnered support for himself if he stays at the helm of the party.