Mugisha Muntu Tells Off Besigye in Final Campaign Speech
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Mugisha Muntu has told off opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye in his final campaign speech.
Voting will happen at Namboole.
Besigye is supporting former Kumi municipality MP Patrick Amuriat Oboi. The other candidates are activist Moses Byamugisha and Dan Matsiko.
Pundits say the race is tight between Muntu, a moderate FDC member, who ideology calls for a mix of compliance and defiance, and pro-defiance candidate Amuriat.
Besigye is known for his defiance of president Yoweri Museveni’s regime. Some Besigye supporters claim Muntu is Museveni’s mole in FDC.
Muntu is a Uganda former army commander.
MUNTU TELLS OFF BESIGYE
Muntu enumerated the number of times he has competed with Besigye, lost to him and conceded defeat.
“I am glad Dr Kizza Besigye you are sitting here, I am really glad. 2009 we competed together; you won, I went behind you without any question. 2010, I stood on this platform and campaigned, we were competing for flag bearer, you won; I didn’t question. I went behind you.
“2015, by then incidentally I was already party president; we competed for flag bearer, you people gave the flag to Dr Kizza Besigye. I saw your hearts. You were fearful because you didn’t know what was going to happen. I stood on this platform and told you I am a democrat. I accepted your choices. I said I will steer the party with Dr Kizza Besigye. Did I do that or did I not?”
He then challenged the party members to put the party above self, even in the face of defeat.
“Don’t put feelings in in politics; how many leaders in our political environment are able to do something like that?”.
MUNTU WARNS AMURIAT ABOUT BESIGYE
To drive his point home, Muntu turned to Amuriat and warned him against Besigye and other FDC members who refuse to concede.
“Patrick, before you talk about managing these internal conflicts know the source of those conflicts.”
Muntu had also emphasized the issue of building structures.
“We are positioned to take this country, but we must build our own identity not based on Museveni, because if Museveni wakes up in a coma, if we haven’t built our own identity, we will be in an identity crisis.”