Video: FDC Will Destroy Uganda in Two Days if they Ever Get into Power – Tanga Odoi
Tanga Odoi: I'm Happy Winnie Kiiza was Removed
Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party electoral commission chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi is celebrating the exit of Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza as leader of opposition in parliament, and castigating the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for preaching water and taking wine.
Last week, FDC president shook up the opposition leadership in parliament in a reshuffle that those dropped initially rejected.
In the shakeup, Amuriat dropped all allies of former party leader Mugisha Muntu — except Kira Municipality MP and FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.
He replaced Kiiza with Gulu district Woman MP Betty Aol Ochan as leader of opposition in parliament; and replaced Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu with Kawempe South legislator Mubarak Munyagwa as chairperson of the committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase).
Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among was also replaced with Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante as deputy Cosase chairperson, among other changes.
Days after the reshuffle, Kiiza called a press conference and told reporters she would not leave until she had received official communication from the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi.
Kiiza’s statement was widely interpreted to mean that she had refused to leave office. But days later, the changes were made official after FDC wrote to parliament communicating the same.
And Kiiza has since agreed to step down for Aol, wishing her well in her new office.
Tanga Odoi Blasts Winnie Kiiza
It is the controversy and the dust raised by the changes that many in the NRM have been riding on to castigate Kiiza and the FDC.
According to Odoi, it is embarrassing for Kiiza to have refused to leave office yet she had been attacking three-decade president Yoweri Museveni for clinging onto power.
“I pity Winnie Kiiza. She has been crying: ‘Museveni has overstayed in power, Museveni does not want to leave power’. We were so astonished that the same woman did not want to leave power,” said Odoi recently.
“It’s a shame that my little sister Winnie Kiiza didn’t want to leave power… How do you address a press conference saying I will not leave, that your term ends in December! What kind of legislators are these?”
Odoi also educated Kiiza and the opposition about how political parties work.
“Party politics is that the party decides on the way forward. Once a party has decided to change fort, you go,” said Odoi.
“NRM changed commissioners and committee chairpersons in parliament, did you hear anybody saying I won’t move? That’s how democratic the NRM is.”
However, the NRM changes Odoi talks about were meant to eject out defiant MPs who refused to vote for age limit removal, a move meant to see Museveni extend his over 30-year cling onto power — just like Muntu ejected Kiiza and other MPs for supporting his rival Muntu.
“If FDC has decided, that is what it is; you leave for the next person. The day we shall also decide on ours, we shall also leave power,” emphasized Odoi, a history professor.
He also accused Kiiza of blocking other women from rising.
“Why do you block another woman from rising? Why is Winnie Kiiza crying now? Have they thrown her out of Kasese?” wondered Odoi.
“I am happy she has gone. In fact, I am going to call her and laugh at her.”
Tanga Odoi: FDC Can’t Manage the State
Odoi, a former leader of Makerere University lecturers, also took a swipe at the FDC, saying the crisis created by the new changes was enough evidence to show that the party was unable to run a government.
“These guys have been shouting ‘democracy, Forum for Democratic Change’. Okay democracy took place, why do you resist?” he asked.
“They [FDC] can’t manage the state.”
The professor also warned of consequences of an FDC government.
“If you gave them Uganda for two days, you will see chaos,” he predicted.
“If they can fight within a small party at Najjanankumbi like that, then if you gave them Uganda, what would they do? Silly things only.”