FDC president, Mugisha Muntu, has asked his team [TeamMuntu] not to decampaign Kizza Besigye who defeated him in the race for presidential flag bearer.
At the Wednesday FDC Namboole delegates conference, Besigye garnered 718 votes as compared to Muntu’s 289 votes.
In his immediate speech, Muntu accepted defeat and congratulated Besigye upon his victory.
“This is not a loss for me. I’m a long distance runner. For every dark cloud there is a silver lining. I congratulate Besigye for winning,” he said.
He added: “I respect the choice for the delegates. This country will get to understand me at some point. I believe in the God of Jacob and Abraham. The Lord I believe in tells me fear not for I’m with you.”
Muntu said he as a person lost but FDC as a party won.
“I am a democrat……. I don’t fight for positions, I fight for principles and causes. I’m going to swing the Party infrastructure behind him (Besigye). We will succeed,” he noted.
Muntu says democracy involves tolerance and how one manages a loss adds on the credibility of the struggle.
“I appeal to you all to manage your emotions, I know you will be meeting people who are insensitive and erratic.”
He urged his team never at any single time “try to decampaign our presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye”.
“We can’t give democracy to this country if we don’t practice it,” Muntu counselled his campaign team on Friday September 4, 2015.
According to Muntu, Ugandans should now look at the big picture because the struggle is not about himself or Dr. Besigye.
“…not even FDC or NRM, but it’s about our mother land Uganda and the question that we should all ask ourselves are, what is next for Uganda?”
“Where do we see ourselves tomorrow as Uganda? Are we ready to sing the same song that we have been singing over and over again or we need a new song?”
Muntu believes that Ugandans can still make a change and make difference.