SOME Ugandans who had believed that the country’s strong opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] was pushing for regime change are now thinking of something else.
They now suppose that there is nothing believable FDC can offer in their all time quests for change after the recent, ‘shocking’ change of opposition leadership in Parliament.
While the three past and current party presidents have been working together, Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu who handed over office to Patrick Amuriat Oboi, this year, during his time, vehemently rejected nearly all defiance campaigns initiated by his predecessor and successor, respectively.
Even when he got trounced in the party presidential race to Amuriat, Besigye’s right-hand man, Muntu still adhered to his own principles, worked closely with party members [some elders] and leaders.
His way of doing things is assumed to have cost him election, while others in FDC and in other opposition parties congratulated him for castigating defiance.
In his own opinion, Kole South Lawmaker, Peter Ocen Akalo disagrees that the tree are tearing opposition.
Akalo instead says all the three political bigwigs are competent enough to push for power change.
Speaking to TND News Uganda Tuesday afternoon, Ocen says the recent changes by FDC president were valid and should not tear the party or opposition MPs.
“There is power in party president. If he removes you from office, what else can you do,” he added.
One of the FDC MPs, who says he doesn’t support defiance, noted that the recent changes by party president; Amuriat had influence, adding, “I don’t think it was his own decision. You know, we are in three different groups now,” he says on condition of anonymity.
Asked about those groups and its target, he added, “There are those for Muntu like me, those for Amuriat-Besigye and those for Besigye alone. Another one may come up and follow recently expelled members.”
For Betty Olive Kamya, Kampala Minister who once worked with opposition, before forming her own political party, Uganda Federal Alliance [UFA], says the squabble in FDC is good for the country.
“These people in FDC have often been criticizing Museveni’s NRM party for allocating positions in parliament basing on party interest. They are now in it,” Kamya told journalists in Kampala on Tuesday.
According to Kamya, Winnie Kizza’s bad mistakes in the eyes of pro-Amuriat loyalists were backing Asuman Baslirwa in Bugiri Municipality MP hot race and working with Gen. Muntu.
Minister Kamya, however, dodged to directly say or blame one of the three top FDC politicians as tearing FDC party and opposition members in the country.
This news website has highly learnt that should Parliament honor the recent changes made by FDC leadership against pro-Muntu MPs, NRM government will equally feel the pain.
In averting such, and with term of office of the reshuffled Leader of Opposition and committee chairpersons far from expiring, Speaker of Parliament may advise FDC to wait, sources say.
Some FDC supporters who say the changes were made in good faith and not to antagonize supporters of Muntu, claim that the Tuesday parliamentary sitting postponement was a ploy as sufferers of Muntu’s axe are meeting rival party.
Some also suppose that this is the right time for Abdu Katuntu, Winnie Kizza and others shown the exit door to leave FDC for Besigye and Amuriat and follow Mugisha Muntu.
While Muntu has said forming a new political party is something he’s consulting on, now, his fans want him to hurry and register a new party.
“He should hurry now. I will be glad to see Winnie Kizza, Bobi Wine [Robert Kyagulanyi], Abdu Katuntu and other top politicians joining him,” Musazi Brian, a boda boda rider in Kampala says.
“FDC has done it wrongly and at a wrong time. Amuriat never consulted,” Gumuriza Alex, a trader from Downtown Kampala opined.
Adding, “This division is good for NRM but appalling to us who support FDC party.”
Other people interviewed at different places in Kampala and some upcountry towns say after Amuriat defeated Muntu in party presidential election, there was urgent need for reconciliation first before any other duty.
“Reconciliation was paramount considering that Winnie Kizza, Abdu Katuntu and others like Odongo Otto have for many times disagreed with defiance. It got worse when Muntu got defeated and he started meeting party supporters and elders countrywide. This angered Kizza Besigye and Patrick Amuriat,” an aide to FDC president at Najjanakumbi told us.