Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] president Mugisha Muntu says the ruling party will not bring them down no matter the internal disagreements.
“One thing I can assure you is that NRM will not destabilize FDC,” Muntu said on Monday while appearing on NBS television.
Muntu says he knows how they [NRM] operate and that “we [FDC] will neutralise them”.
“We are going to emerge out of this stronger. By the grace of God, we will take power in this country.”
Muntu said political parties that have survived for long are built around value systems.
“We ought to remember this. We need to build our capabilities and must keep testing everything that might work while making adjustments.”
He said the party has overcome bigger crises and believes the decision on whether to boycott the election was bigger than naming Leader of Opposition in Parliament.
“I appeal to the leaders to remain calm. We are humans so there will be contradictions but how we manage them is key.”
The party president defended his decision to pick a Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP).
He described MP Winnie Kiiza as a good team player saying that is where she derives her strength.
“MP Winnie Kiiza is not someone who will buckle under pressure. I have worked with her to know this.”
When deciding on the leadership in parliament, Muntu noted, FDC leaders knew that it was not the most popular but it was the most correct.
Naming a Leader of Opposition (LoP) was under principle of ‘one struggle, many fronts’. It was a correct decision. We exhausted internal debate.”
He added: “I have no problem with internal contradiction. There was a time when many opposed party building but that has changed. Over time, those opposing decision to name an LoP will realise this was a right decision.”
Asked whether he consulted Besigye before naming LoP, Muntu said they had consultation meetings with him.
“The decision to name LoP was made by a party organ. When leaders are elected, they are expected to make decisions and explain them.”
Muntu said there will always be contradictions but “if we fail to manage a party, how will we manage a country?”
“We must sit down and understand what exactly happened and ask how we can use our strengths to deal with our weaknesses.”