President Yoweri Museveni has invited Forum for Democratic Change president Gen Mugisha Muntu for his inauguration ceremony slated for May 12.
“The president of the Republic of Uganda His Excellency General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni requests the pleasure of the company of Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu,” reads part of Gen. Mugisha’s invite.
Muntu was a member of the constituent assembly (1994–1995) and parliamentarian.
He served as the Commander of the Army, the highest position in the Ugandan military, from 1989 to 1998.
When the National Resistance Army was renamed the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), General Muntu became Commander of the UPDF.
After disagreeing with Museveni’s approach to politics and the military, he was removed from the army command and appointed as a minister, a position he politely turned down.
In November 2001, he was selected by the members of the Ugandan Parliament to serve as one of the nine Ugandan representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
In 2008, he unsuccessfully contested for the FDC’s presidency, against Kizza Besigye.
He was elected as party president in 2012.
Museveni who won the highly contested February 18 presidential elections will be sworn on Thursday amid claims by the FDC that the ceremony is illegal and invalid.
According to a statement issued by Minister in Charge of the Presidency and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Frank K. Tumwebaze, government has invited and expects a number of Heads of State including those from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kingdom of Lesotho, South Sudan, Tanzania, Mali, Togo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Swaziland, China, Nigeria, and Russian Federation.
According to him, two former presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya are also expected. Countries that will send representative are Rwanda, India, Japan, Germany and other guests from East African Community.
The program will begin at 7:00am with the arrival of invited guests who include out-going and in-coming members of parliament, political party leaders, former presidential candidates, delegations from all the districts, members of the diplomatic corp., religious leaders, traditional and cultural leaders, members of the academia, and the business community among others.
Mr Museveni, and First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni will arrive at 10:40am.