FDC president Mugisha Muntu says he can also lead Uganda to the promised bright future.
Muntu was addressing delegates from North and East Buganda at Jokas Hotel Bweyogerere on August 11, 2015.
“My leadership style is deliberate and conscious. If I choose to be aggressive, I can be aggressive, if I choose to use soft methods, I can use soft methods and there must be a reason and purpose for that.”
Muntu said the opposition now needs a candidate with the best strategy.
“There are things which am not going to say here but I know as a leader you must be able to influence the thinking not only in the public but also in the security services, such that you can build faith and trust, that even when there is change, those who would think of going to fight will just come on the surface and find ways of how to manage change.”
He said 10 years ago they formed the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) with the singular purpose of pulling the country back from the dark and disastrous path of dictatorship and a failed state.
“Our vision and mission was to transform our country into one where there was genuine freedom and democracy for all, with guaranteed security for all, with social and economic justice for all, with shared prosperity and opportunities, as One People, in One Uganda.”
Transformation of Uganda, he said, remains the central driving force behind FDC party, and behind his desire to lead the country.
“To transform Uganda, we must first remove the dictatorship. To remove the dictatorship, we must have a very strong party, to act as the catalyst and rallying point for all who desire change.”
Over the last ten years, Muntu has traversed the country in an effort to mobilize support for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
“I intensified these tours following my election as party president in November 2012. My exclusive focus has been on party building through establishing and invigorating party branches and leadership, from the grassroots to the national level.”
He said by God’s grace and with the extraordinary commitment and courage of party leaders and members all over the country, they have achieved significant advances in establishing critical organizational capabilities that we shall deploy to achieve victory.
“If the people of this country get a leader with the character, the courage, the ability to listen and the determination to lead them towards a truly democratic and just society, we shall be unstoppable on our journey towards shared prosperity.”
Muntu believes a leader must be consistent in what he or she says and does, saying inconsistency in the politics has become a chronic disease that needs to be brought to an end.
“Uganda needs a leader who says what he means and means what he says. This is why I sought nomination to be the FDC’s candidate for president of Uganda in 2016. I have no doubt that I can do it and, by God’s Grace, do it exceedingly well.”
The former army commander says he believes in the right of all Ugandans to enjoy unfettered freedom under the same laws, in the dignity of humanity that transcends ethnicity, religion, gender, social class, economic means, political affiliation, age and any other grouping, in the right of all Ugandans to enjoy high quality public education, and state of the art health care here at home and in the right of all Ugandans to access taxpayer-funded services to enhance their economic productivity and contribution to our national economy.
“I believe that the president and the government must be the servants of the people, and not the other way round,” he noted, adding, “this is why I offered myself to be a nominee for the FDC and eventually to be president of this country because I have what it takes to bring about the change that our country needs and must have.”
“We mustn’t get lost in the heat of a moment, we must maintain our presence of mind, while staying focused on the end goal – a better Uganda”.