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Patrick Amuriat Elected FDC President

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Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has elected Patrick Oboi Amuriat as president.

Amuriat takes over from Mugisha Muntu who has been president since 2012. FDC is Uganda’s largest opposition political party

Amuriat  beat former army commander Muntu, Moses Byamugisha and Dan Matsiko.

The voting happened at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.


Muntu had stung four-time presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye for refusing to accept defeat.

Besigye was backing Amuriat.

Besigye also ignored Byamugisha, his former aide. But Byamugisha had promised to reclaim Besigye’s ‘stolen’ 2016 presidential election victory.

Muntu is seen as a moderate FDC member because of using a mix of defiance and compliance.

Some in FDC see him as a mole of Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri Museveni.

But Muntu denies spying for Museveni in FDC.

The race was seen as a Muntu Vs Besigye contest. So, Muntu’s loss will be seen by many as Besigye’s triumph.


  •  Amuriat: 641 Votes
  • Muntu: 505 Votes

Meanwhile, celebrations started in the Amuriat camp as it became clear the former MP was winning.

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