The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC has asked all national party officials involved in the ongoing campaigns for the election of the party presidential flag bearer to take leave from office.
FDC party spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, says those affected hold the portfolios of FDC president and deputies, secretary general and deputies, secretary for mobilisation, secretary for information and publicity among others.
They include Ms Ingrid Turinawe (secretary for mobilisation), Harold Kalija (deputy secretary general admin), Ms Joyce Sebugwawo (deputy president central), Geoffrey Ekanya (treasurer general) Roland Mugume Kaginda (deputy chairperson western) and Taaka Kevinah (deputy chairperson eastern).
Muntu has already left office and was replaced by Ronald Okumu Regan as the acting president.
Party divided between Muntu and Besigye
The FDC party National Executive Committee took the decision after receiving complaints some of the officials allied to the camps of Mugisha Muntu and Dr. Kiiza Besigye have resorted to using foul language.
Kiiza Besigye, the former FDC party president and his successor General Mugisha Muntu are campaigning for election as FDC presidential candidate.
Some of the party leaders who have taken sides in the campaigns include Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC secretary General, Geoffrey Ekanya, treasurer general, Ingrid Turinawe, mobilisation secretary and Abdu Katuntu, a member of the party legal team.
Ssemujju agreed that some candidates had started “bad mouthing each other” and creating divisions within the party.
There are allegations that Muntu and Besigye are busy undermining each other during the campaigns as supported by different top officials within the party.
Although Besigye agrees the party cohesion is still lacking, he denied holding grudges against Muntu.
Meanwhile, critics say President Yoweri Museveni has successfully managed weaken the opposition as they are now competing with each other and destroying their own chances.