Mugisha Muntu: I am not Leaving FDC
Former opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Mugisha Muntu has announced his next course of action on Wednesday.
The announcement comes days after Muntu lost to former Kumi municipality MP Patrick Amuriat in the FDC presidential race.
Amuriat’s chances were boosted by the support of Uganda’s opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye.
Besigye supporters blamed Muntu of being a moderate and a mole of Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni. But Muntu denied the claims.
Last week, Muntu said he would announce his way forward in “the coming days”.
And on Tuesday he said he would address reporters in the capital Kampala.
MUNTU ON EXIT FROM FDC
In Wednesday’s address to the press, Muntu said he was not leaving the party.
“We don’t intend to make rush decisions. We don’t want to make these decisions on emotion or out of frustration,” he said.
“I would like to ask fellow party members and Ugandans to keep calm. These decisions can not be made out of emotion, these are life and death matters.”
Muntu also argued that even if he quit politics, he would still offer advice to FDC.
“I am a transparent person, I’m a democrat and an honest person. In whatever I do, I will make sure it benefits FDC and this country.
“Even if I left politics, I’d still be giving advice to people in parties.”
Muntu further said his next move would not be in secret.
“I can guarantee that nothing will be done in secret. We’ll be very open and transparent- Muntu.”
Pundits had predicted that Muntu could exit FDC.
Some even went as far as suggesting that he had met ex-premier Amama Mbabazi on a possible coalition and formation of a new political party.
Amuriat has suggested that Muntu could be deployed on the Council of FDC Elders that will soon be constituted.
MUNTU ON RESOLVING FDC DIFFERENCES
Muntu further revealed that there was a process of resolving the differences between his camp and Besigye’s.
There were significant differences during the campaigns and the party intends to hold consultative processes to resolve them, said Muntu.
“As political actors in this country, we don’t seem to understand that you can have differences and manage them well.”
He further urged: “Let us all put the interest of the country ahead of personal or party interests.”