FDC, NRM skip launch of Muntu’s party

Despite a message of goodwill from FDC strongman Dr Kizza Besigye, the opposition party did not send any representatives at the launch of its former party president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu’s new political party – The Alliance for National Transformation  (ANT).

Muntu formally left FDC in September last year with a host of top executives following his loss of the FDC presidential election in November 2017, opening a new window of fighting between former comrades in Uganda’s biggest political party.

Besigye, FDC President Patrick Oboi Amuriat among other party leaders were invited for the event held at Serena Hotel in Kampala, according to organisers.

The only FDC members that were in attendance were MPs who are known to be opposed to the Najjanankumbi leadership.

Among them were; Winnie Kiiza (Kasese Woman), Prof Morris Ogenga Latigo (Agago), Elijah Akupa (Kasillo), Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri) and Lucy Akello (Amuru) among others.

The ruling NRM party also snubbed the event leaving the Maracha East MP James Acidri – who openly identifies with Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi’s People Power movement, as lone representative from the party in power.

In his address, Muntu said that the new party will work towards taking power back to the people.

“Power must be vested in institutions, not individuals… Therefore, we will do everything in our power to see that the power of the executive is reduced, that of local governments increased, the Judiciary and Parliament emboldened,  and the people empowered. We will not seek to have a one man show, no single individual will be bigger than the collective. That is the culture we want to build in the Allainace for National Transformation,” Muntu said.

In his assessment, Muntu said that Uganda’s current political problem are politicians that offer false hope to the electorate.

“We criticize the current regime, we criticize Gen Museveni over many things which many things over a period of time are physical – poor roads, lack of drugs, poor education institutions… to me, the worst form of damage is when you crush the spirits of the people. That where we are at, that is what we muct change in this country,” the former Army Commander said.