Former Ugandan army chief declares presidential bid

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), President Ge. Mugisha Muntu is running for president

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), President Ge. Mugisha Muntu is running for president

With only eight months remaining for Ugandans to go to the polling booths  in the general election, the political climate is heating up with General Mugisha Muntu, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC President the latest to declare his intention to contest for the presidential seat on the party ticket.

Muntu, who was one an Army Commander of the Ugandan military, made the announcement at the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi, a Kampala suburb before the old and newly commissioned FDC National Executive Committee members.

The former army commander told journalists that the public had earlier on criticized him for failing the party but the recent grassroots elections confirm that he has the party at heart adding that FDC is leading the nation by example as seen in the peaceful, democratic, transparent and fair elections held last Friday.

“After proving to the country that the party has strong grassroots structures and formulating the party policy agenda that was launched at Serena Hotel early this year, am ready to lead the party to the top position of the country,” he declared. Muntu said he is open to competition from any party members interested in the party ticket.

 On Amama Mbabazi’s declaration, Muntu said it was a clear sign that the ruling National Resistance Movement is collapsing. Muntu says politics is dynamic and NRM does not have open policies like FDC.

He is optimistic that Mbabazi’s announcement is going to spark intense panic within the ruling party that will destabilize its support base.The elections to determine the FDC party flag bearer will take place during the National Delegates Conference scheduled for August on a date yet to be announced. Muntu is the first member of the FDC party to announce his bid for the post of party flag bearer.
Meanwhile, the forum for Democratic Change –FDC Party sworn in the newly elected members of the National Executive Committee.

Those who took oath included Party Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Kaija Harold the Deputy Secretary General in charge of administration, Geoffrey Ekkanya, the Party Treasurer General, and his deputies Wilberforce Kyambadde and Beatrice Anywar Atim.

Also sworn in were ; Party Chairperson Ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa and his three deputies Kaaya Rajab, John Baptist Okello Okello, and Roland Mugume Kaginda. Salaamu Musumba the Vice Chairperson representing the eastern region was not present for the swearing-in ceremony.

Patrick Baguma Ateenyi, Alice Alaso Asianut, Joyce Sebugwawo and Reagan Okumu Ronald were also sworn-in as deputy presidents.

In his maiden speech as FDC Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi welcomed the peaceful transition which he said should be emulated at national level.  He said that despite differences of opinions by party members and internal challenges, no member of FDC should think about forming groups within the party.

“ The newly elected National Executive Committee members should demonstrate ability to lead the country by working as a team and support him in this new position as the accounting officer of the party, “ he urged.

Wasswa Biriggwa, the new party Chairperson who took over office from Joyce Sebugwawo  reiterated the pledge to facilitate the construction of a new office structure for FDC within the next three years.

Outgoing Treasurer General Angeline Osegge implored her successor Geoffrey Ekanya to prepare to give more than he receives.  Ekanya said that the premises of the FDC party at Najjanankumbi will be turned into a commercial facility to raise more funds for the party.

Mugisha Muntu the party President urges the new member of the NEC to offer selfless service to the party. Each newly sworn-in NEC member was given a copy of the party constitution to aid them in their service to the party.