FDC Decides between Muntu and Besigye Candidate Amuriat
Mugisha Muntu and Patrick Amuriat will face off at the ballot as 1,200 delegates vote for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president.
FDC, Uganda’s largest opposition party, delegates have gathered at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole to choose from four candidates.
The candidates are:
He is the current president, and Uganda’s former army commander. Muntu is seen as a moderately peaceable member.
Other members, especially four-time presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, are seen as radicals, choosing defiance instead of Muntu’s pottage of compliance and defiance.
Muntu’s opponents say he is a mole, working for three-decade president Yoweri Museveni. But Muntu has denied working for Museveni.
Muntu has hinged his candidature on building party structures.
Slogan: “Building FDC Together”
He enjoys the support of members including, Kiira municipality MP and opposition chief whip Ssemujju Nganda.
Ssemujju is the head of the campaign taskforce, explaining why Muntu needs another term.
Wasswa Birigwa — Party chairman
Alice Alaso — deputy president for eastern Uganda
Patrick Baguma — deputy president for western Uganda
Paul Mwiru — deputy spokesman
Idi Ouma — chairman FDC Youth League
PATRICK OBOI AMURIAT (POA) SUPPORT BASE
Patrick Amuriat, former Kumi municipality MP, belongs to the ‘defiance ideology’ faction.
He enjoys the backing of Besigye.
Besigye has beat Muntu thrice, to become party president.
Others supporting Amuriat include:
Nandala Mafabi — secretary general
Geoffrey Ekanya — deputy treasurer
Ingrid Turinawe — mobilisation secretary
Faridah Nangozi — vice-chairperson FDC Women’s League
Wafula Oguttu — former Leader of Opposition in Parliament
Harold Kaija — deputy secretary general
Mubarak Munyagwa — Kawempe South MP
Francis Mwijukye –Buhweju County MP
Others are: KCCA councillor Doreen Nyanjura
Historical members: Livingstone Kizito, Mukalazi Kizito, Bbaale Bwanika and Margaret Wokuri.
Slogan: “One Party, One Strategy.”
OTHER CANDIDATES are Daniel Matsiko and Moses Byamugisha.
AMURIAT, MUNTU TO ACCEPT DEFEAT
The race between Muntu is expected to be tight, given the capacities of those backing them.
In a Thursday night TV show, Amuriat and Muntu said they will accept defeat if they lose today’s race.
“I was serving in the party before I came up to show interest in this position, when I do not go through tomorrow, I will return to my capacity and serve the party,” said Amuriat.
“I have lost three times, but I keep coming back, that is to show that I am very democratic,” emphasized Muntu.
- Deputy Treasurer( Mobilisation)
Candidates: Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye and MP Franka Akello
- Secretary for Labour
Voting starts at 12:30pm
Ends at 1:30 pm
Vote tallying: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Declaration of results: 3:30pm