FDC Supporters Pin Gen Muntu

Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, the president of the opposition FDC, came in for tough question from party supporters in Luweero over his quiet non-confrontational leadership style.

On the evening of April 15, Gen Muntu paid an impromptu visit to the FDC party offices in Luweero town council on his way to northern Uganda. Muntu, clad in a dark blue shirt, black trousers and black shoes met scores of FDC mobilizers led by the Luweero district FDC chairman Bwanika Bbaale. He invited questions from the group about the party leadership and his ongoing mobilization campaign.

Amis Bugembe, a party mobilizer, asked Muntu to explain why he has refused to embrace activism like his predecessor Col Kizza Besigye as a key mobilization strategy to bring down the ruling NRM.

Bugembe said FDC supporters believe they can cause regime change through activism because the electoral process in the country is flawed. He attributed the popularity of Besigye to activism, which he said is a g tool of mobilization.

Bwanika Bbaale, the FDC district chairman and his deputy Charles Tukumushabe also asked Muntu to respond to claims that under him, the party has become weaker and less visible because of his leadership style, which isn’t understood by majority of members.

Geoffrey Kaddu, the Luweero town council FDC mobilizer, accused Muntu of leading the party like an army where things are done in secrecy. He said that can’t work in a political environment. Other members asked Muntu to lay out his achievements brought on by his leadership style.

Muntu said he opted to concentrate on building party structure instead of activism. He said even if FDC kicks out President Yoweri Museveni, the country could slide into turmoil under the prevailing conditions. Muntu said he supports activism but he is indisposed because he is busy building the party.

He also announced he’s ready to lead FDC as its candidate in the 2016 general elections.

Source : The Observer