Besigye beats Muntu, wins flag bearer race


EC Chairman Dan Mugarura hands over Party Flag to Flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye to carry through to 2021/ Shiela Nduhukire Photo/ NTV

Former FDC president, Dr Kizza Besigye, has been voted the party presidential flag bearer.

Besigye beat his opponent and current FDC president, Mugisha Muntu, in an election held at Namboole stadium where the party’s delegates conference was held Wednesday.

Besigye polled picked a cool 718 votes while Muntu polled 289 votes in total. 

Only one [1] vote was invalidated [making it 1008 votes] out of the total 1,043 delegates who were expected to vote today.

It should be remembered that there was a fracas about fake delegates who were sneaked in and later smoked out by Muntu camp with two of the frauds being arrested by police.

Dan Mugarura, the FDC Electoral Commission chairman, who conducted an election that many agreed did a commendable and transparent work, announced Besigye the winner of the race.

As the vote counting commenced, Besigye’s supporters had already started celebrating gauging from the huge bundle of ballot papers held by MP Godfrey Ekanya in favour of the country’s top activist.

Addressing delegates earlier in the day, Besigye said that the primary consideration of a candidate is whether that candidate can gather the masses to win the elections.

“For the first time in my life that I have seen that very poor Ugandans pick their money and give to me telling me to go and do their work.”

As predicted, it is the same trust with which delegates overwhelmingly voted Besigye to represent FDC in The Democratic Alliance (TDA) that will choose a single presidential candidate to battle President Yoweri Museveni in 2016 general elections.


Muntu and Besigye at the delegates conference

“We must fight for our reforms before the next elections, I am rallying citizens, parliament did its part,” Besigye reiterated.

He later told KFM radio that as long as he is the presidential flag bearer, there will be no elections in 2016 without reforms.

“At the end of this election, we must be one Uganda, one people,” he emphasised.

Besigye has stood against Museveni three times [2001, 2006 and 2011] but lost all.

Former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, who also attended the conference, says Besigye won the 2006 elections but was rigged out by the ruling party.

Besigye is likely to face Democratic Party [DP] President, Norbert Mao, who is being fronted for TDA presidential candidate.

The battle between the two opposition figures will determine who represents the opposition as a joint candidate in 2016 elections.

As for Muntu, he promised to remain the FDC president and work with Besigye for the common goal of removing Museveni even after losing at Namboole.

Allegations that Muntu had been funded by the ruling party to “buy off” delegates also came up but without any shred of evidence to back them.

The battle has been fought, the field taken and the day won.

We congratulate Besigye upon his victory and also feel with Muntu who lost the election.

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