The acting Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president, Ronald Reagan Okumu, is positive that opposition can defeat the National Resistance Movement (NRM) in 2016 given the current confusion in the ruling party.
The Aswa County MP was named interim FDC president last week after the incumbent, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, handed over office to start his campaigns for nomination as the party’s flag bearer for 2016 presidential election.
Okumu told Saturday Monitor that said will use the Amama Mbabazi- President Yoweri Museveni stand off to take over.
Meanwhile, this plan seems to be jeopardised by Aruu County MP, Samuel Odonga Otto, who has made it a point to direct unnecessary bile at Mbabazi.
Hundreds of local residents, youth leaders and politicians in northern Uganda on Friday made a 10km procession from Kamdini Trading Centre to Karuma on the Kampala-Gulu highway to oppose Mbabazi’s coming visit to the northern region.
Led by Otto, the demonstrators from West Nile, Lango, Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions wearing black T-shirts inscribed with anti-Mbabazi slogans walked from Kamdini in Oyam District to Karuma at the Nile bridge village bordering Nwoya, Oyam and Kiryandongo districts.
They swore to block Mbabazi’s consultative meeting slated for July 14 in Gulu District.
Otto’s group accused Amama of swindling Shs 1.4bn (while still Premier) meant for the Peace, Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP).
They further accused Mbabazi of ignoring the northern region during his tenure as leader of government business.
However, Otto’s crusade did not sit well with opposition members like John Elau, also an aspiring candidate in 2016 elections who accused the MP of using Amama to push his own agenda.
“Otto should embark on strengthening his political ambition. If he has an ambition to stand for presidency next year, he should be focused on his goals,” Elau is quoted as saying.
FDC’s Okumu also told Sunday Monitor that FDC was not in league with Otto’s strange action.
“All I know is that when Mbabazi took over the mantle as premier, a great amount of cash had already been swindled under the PRDP project. Even after that the audit queries by the Public Accounts Committee settled those issues,” Okumu said.
He said the demonstration was largely filled by government operatives and was a shame for Otto to engage in such a baseless event.