Muntu, Besigye camps clash over Shs3bn Museveni bribe


Former Forum for Democratic Change president (FDC) Dr Kizza Besigye (L) shakes hands with FDC president Mugisha Muntu (R) as the party electoral commission chairman Dan Mugarura (C), looks on at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi recently. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA / Daily Monitor

The war of words that has been raging between FDC politicians, Mugisha Muntu and Kizza Besigye has now extended to members of their support teams.

The new cold war is about an alleged Shs 3bn President Yoweri Museveni reportedly extended to Muntu to “sabotage” Besigye campaigns and ensure he doesn’t win the flag bearer race.

The report was brought up last week by Besigye camp but the FDC Electoral Commission dismissed it as untrue.

A one Mukalazi Kibuuka from Besigye camp accused Muntu of obtaining a colossal sum of money from the government of president Museveni “to buy off delegates” during the September FDC national delegates conference.

Kibuuka alleged Muntu received the money from senior spy, Brig Henry Tumukunde, but FDC Deputy EC chairman, Michael Kabaziguruka, dismissed the report as lacking.

Muntu camp shoots back

Nyamugabwa Amooti Goldino, a member of Team Muntu, says Besigye’s personal silence and the silence of his entire campaign team on the “suicidal sentiments” by one of their campaigners Kibuka “is a clear manifestation that Dr. Besigye and the entire team believe so”.

“I am in a total dismay that even our own can turn against us and or if Dr. KB must be seen as a serious leader; he must come up boldly and dismiss such a Mukalazi allegations and if not; him [Dr.KB] will be associated with them,” Goldino points out.

“I was very much upset to see that even after spending 11+ with a person [Muntu],such below pants allegations could come against the top leader of the mighty opposition political party in Uganda.”

He warns that the incident may prompt people to take FDC as a personal entity limited by shares yet FDC members have made umpteen sacrifices for the party and shall remain remarkably committed to its growth.

“I pity those who want to claim that FDC has grown through sacrifices of one person. I feel my efforts disregarded whenever I see a person promoting “godism” in the party I’ve believed in and sacrificed for since 2005 by referring to some leaders as infallible.”

Early collisions

Also last week, FDC EC stopped Muntu from meeting all party delegates today (Monday) ahead of the official delegates conference, which takes place on Wednesday September 2.
The FDC electoral commission issued the directive on Friday after Muntu’s campaign task force called “Team Muntu for Uganda” called a meeting of all delegates on August 31, two days to the party’s delegates conference.

The move was met with protests from his rival Besigye’s team dubbed “Team Besigye”, which saw the move as unfair to their candidate.

“We resolved that a meeting of all delegates can only be called by the party national chairman or the electoral commission in case of an election,” said FDC EC boss Mugarura.

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