Muntu takes consultations to Eastern Uganda

Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu is today resuming his countrywide consultations, Daily Monitor understands.

Mr Muntu who declared early December 2017 that he would embark on countrywide consultations about the “contradictions” in the main opposition party after losing the November elections to Mr Patrick Amuriat Oboi, has so far held two meetings.

The top FDC leadership has for long been torn between two ideologies – Muntu’s party structures and Kizza Besigye’s defiance ideologies.

He took the first consultative meeting to Hoima District in Bunyoro sub-region before holding another in Fort Portal town in the Tooro sub-region.

Mr Muntu said in a tweet last night that today’s consultative meeting will be held at Meritoria hotel in Tororo town.

“Fellow Ugandans, following our successful consultation meetings in Tooro and Bunyoro sub regions, we will be resuming our programme tomorrow (Wednesday) in Tororo at Meritoria Hotel. We look forward to meeting and engaging with as many of you as can make it,” Mr Muntu last night.

In his last two consultative meetings, Mr Muntu has discussed issues of intrigue, manipulation and deception as major characteristics of politics in Africa.

He has however not directly attacked anyone in the ranks of the FDC leadership much as many think he plans to quit the party after losing in a bid to serve the second and final term as FDC president.

The question Mr Muntu has been putting to his audience in the past two meetings and when hosted on Television and Radio talk shows, has been on how the opposition in Uganda can change tactics from focusing on regime change to preparing for life after President Museveni’s long rule.

“Fellow Ugandans, how do we move past simply focusing on defeating the regime (which we will) and also prepare for life after it is gone? This is not about me or any other individual. It is about us as a country. What can you do? Join the conversation.” This has been a consistent phrase in Mr Muntu’s speech.

It is not yet clear whether Mr Muntu and his team will be hosted by the Tororo District FDC leadership following a directive by the party’s Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, asking the structures at district level not to allow activities that are not sanctioned by the Najjanankubi administration.

However, Mafabi’s directive was defied in Bunyoro and Tooro sub regions as Jackson Wabyona the Hoima District FDC chairperson convened the meeting at the Hoima Resort Hotel on January 15 while his Kabarole counterpart, Ms Nyakato Rusoke, chaired the other in Fort Portal the next day.

In the two meetings, a section of participants asked Mr Muntu to quit FDC and form another party that would provide an alternative opposition force to dislodge the National Resistance Movement from power.

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