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Uganda’s Gen Muntu tells Museveni to leave power

By Tom Mugisha,

KAMPALA – The opposition Forum for Democratic President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has said that peaceful transfer of power is a critical factor is Uganda’s economic stability.

The former Uganda’s army commander and a former ally of President Museveni but now his strong critic says the president should step aside to allow new leaders take over.

Muntu, currently contesting for FDC presidency again was meeting with FDC delegates from districts of Mpigi, Butambala and Gomba at Homeland Guesthouse in Mpigi Town Council, central Uganda.

“We need a new leader who will serve all the people, who believes in equality and peace. We should not believe in violence all the time for change, but think about those little things that threatens this regime like our red ribbons. Together, we can continue using them to show the government that we are tired of their leadership. Let me assure you, NRM government is on a time bomb but remember we need a peaceful transition of power,” Gen Muntu said.

President Museveni has been in power since 1986 and parliament is planning to remove the 75-age constitutional age cap on presidency to allow him stand again in 2021.

He was accompanied by Kiira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda; ex-MP for Jinja Municipality East, Paul Mwiru; Soroti Woman MP, Angeline Osege; Soroti Municipality MP, Herbert Edmund Ariko and FDC Youth League national chairman Eddy Ouma.

Gen Muntu also mobilized FDC women and Youth to participate in the coming village councils’ elections.

“Let us take leadership to the grassroots to make our party stronger than others. Museveni uses these village positions to make his NRM strong and it is this foundation that has made him to be in power for all these past years. Allow me to be your party president for the last term by voting me so that I build a strong foundation for our party. Take away all the wrangles within our party and create a bright future,” he told the delegates.

The party organizing secretary in Mpigi District, Jamilah Naluyange called for unity among the FDC members if they are to move forward.

“FDC was established to live forever and to have leaders like Muntu who can push it to reach to the expectations of Ugandans. An opposition political party doesn’t mean to cause instability or disturb peace for others but to organize it, follow what the law says and serve the people without discrimination or creating disunity. We need to move together always to change this country,” she said.

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