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Salaamu Musumba Speaks out on ‘Being Museveni’s Mole in FDC’

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Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) vice chairperson for eastern Uganda, Proscovia Salaamu  Musumba, has spoken out on claims of moles in the party.

Salaamu Musumba said that some people think “I am also a mole”.

Musumba has been seen at events with ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party bigwigs, including three-decade president Yoweri Museveni.

Rumours that some in FDC are Museveni’s moles have dominated debate in the past week as the party held a presidential election.

Patrick Amuriat beat Mugisha Muntu in last Friday’s poll.

Some of Amuriat’s supporters claim Muntu is a Museveni mole planted in FDC.

But Muntu denies the reports.

Muntu has since announced he will stay in FDC even when some do not trust him.

SALAAMU MUSUMBA ON FDC MOLES

Speaking on an NTV Thursday night show, Musumba said it was ignorance to brand others moles simply because they are interacting with political opponents.

“We are swimming against a big tide of ignorance, where we have polarized ourselves. You are either with us or against,” she said.

She explained that some people had branded her a mole for being seen with Museveni.

She added that politics should not make people enemies.

Indeed, Musumba’s husband, Isaac Musumba, belongs to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) which he has served as a minister.

“My culture of politics is we are not enemies, this is not my father’s farm. I am just a citizen.”

Just last month, Musumba was pictured with Museveni as the president officiated at Jinja Catholic Diocese Golden Jubilee anniversary.

Salaamu Musumba with Museveni during Jinja Catholic Diocese Golden Jubilee anniversary celebrations last month.  Musumba denies being Museveni's mole.
Salaamu Musumba with Museveni during Jinja Catholic Diocese Golden Jubilee anniversary celebrations last month. Musumba denies being Museveni’s mole.

Musumba also argued that reaching out to leaders across the political divide is decent.

“In a decent democracy, you should be reaching out to everyone.”

MUSUMBA ON DEFIANCE AND ELDERS 

Musumba hit at Amuriat’s defiance faction of the FDC that seeks to resist Museveni when they are disorganised.

“There is no way you will have defiance without organization,” she said.

Musumba, Muntu and others have rooted for organising the party’s structures up to the grassroot level.

Musumba also said some FDC members were not happy with the idea of forming a Council of Elders and Founders.

At the weekend, Amuriat said the party would establish this council, sparking speculations that Muntu would be deployed to the same. 

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