Muntu, Besigye start public warfare


FDC’s Besigye and Gen Muntu at a rally in Kampala

Forum for Democratic Change bigwigs, Mugisha Muntu and Kizza Besigye are officially at war.

The FDC former president and current president are vying for the position of party flag bearer ahead of 2016 elections.

It is visibly clear now that they are passing jibes at each other in their countrywide campaigns.

Besigye blames Muntu for failed party structures

Speaking to FDC executive members in Gulu, Besigye said responsibilities for the failure to establish party structures lie with Muntu who was the secretary for mobilisation when Besigye was a president.

“I could have continued and finished five years but we decided to strengthen the grassroots,” Besigye told the meeting.

“If there are no structures, what were you (Muntu) doing as secretary for mobilisation?” he queried.

One of the members was of the view that Muntu “is the software and Besigye the hardware”, saying if the two combined, FDC would win elections.

Muntu, on the other hand, thinks otherwise.

Muntu calls Besigye the biblical Moses

Muntu likens Dr. Besigye to the Biblical Moses who delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt but failed to get them to the Promised Land, Canaan.

Speaking in Budaka district, Muntu likened himself to Prophet Joshua who delivered the Israelis to the Promised Land after Moses (Besigye) failed.

He was quoted saying “talking tough and shouting” will never lead FDC or the opposition to State House, explaining that the Opposition needs strategists and tacticians like himself in order to go forward.

Serere county MP, Steven Ochola, was also quoted saying that Besigye is the reason for FDC’s failure to take power saying that he (Besigye) did not have strong structures on the ground.

He said FDC should give President Museveni the person he has never met, who has new tactics (Muntu).

Besigye, the biblical Moses?

Perhaps Muntu’s words have some grain of truth if we consider what happened on Thursday when Besigye visited Amuria.

Besigye who was travelling from Katakwi to Amuria asked his team to stop at a scene of a fresh accident on the road.

The retired doctor, assessed their injuries, he did carry out first aid treatment on all 3 accident victims on spot before he personally hired a separate car to transport the causalities to Soroti for other further treatment.

In Karamoja, he was attacked by police at IRIRI that reportedly used sticks to physically beat, scare and push people away.

Besigye remained standing up in open roof car “giving courage to the people who pushed through and overpowered police to attend his rally”.

People were overheard saying Besigye was indeed a people’s president “not by fashion but by people’s conviction because he knows what it takes to confront gun rule without firing a single bullet”.

“We must undertake actions that will bring back power to the people. All problems we are facing as Ugandans is because we have no power as citizens,” Besigye later told the gathering.

“When I left the leadership of FDC, Museveni and his people started celebrating. They thought I had gone, they are mistaken. I am here, he (Museveni) must go.”

Can Besigye win in 2016?

According to The Independent Magazine, when the BBC World service tweeted Muhammadu Buhari’s victory as president-elect of Nigeria in the March 28 2015 election, Besigye retweeted it immediately adding that it is possible for Uganda too.

Buhari like Besigye was a military man before he joined the opposition after a failed presidential bid against Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 only to win years later.

Opinion polls have showed Besigye leading President Yoweri Museveni and Amama Mbabazi, or those that Museveni wins, Besigye comes second, confirming he is still a favourite presidential candidate.

All this would have reflected a good progress had it not been for the internal divisions cracking up in his political party.

According to The Observer, FDC is now divided between Muntu and Besigye with the latter claiming 60% of the support.

MPs supporting Besigye include; Nandala Mafabi (Budadiri West), Betty Ochan Aol (Gulu Woman), Patrick Amuriat (Kumi), Odonga Otto (Pader), Jack Sabiiti (Rukiga), Akello Judith Franca (Agago Woman), Famiar Wadada (Sironko), Kaginda Mugume Roland (Rukungiri municipality), Geoffrey Ekanya (Tororo), Kaps Fungaroo (Obongi), Odo Tayebwa (Ishaka/Bushenyi municipality), Omolo Peter (Soroti), Jack Wamai (Mbale municipality), Christopher Acire (Gulu Municipality),  Atiku Bernard (Ayivu), Dr Epatait Francis (Ngora), Nzoghu William (Busongora North), Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda (Kyadondo East), Okupa Elijah (Kasilo), Isiah Ssasaga (Budadiri East), KevinahTaaka (Busia), Lucy Akello (Amuru).

MPs supporting Muntu; Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri), Alice Alaso (Serere), Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East), Kassiano Wadri (Terego), Angeline Osegge (Soroti), Nabilah Ssempala (Kampala)

Steven Ochola (Serere), Florence Ekwau Ibi (Kaberamaido), BihandeYokasi (Bukonjo East), Christine Bako (Arua).

Neutral/undecided (MPs); Cecilia Ogwal (neutrality), Beatrice Anywar (Kitgum), Winnie Kizza (Kasese), Reagan Okumu (Aswa), Wafula Oguttu (Bukooli Central).

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