A new chapter opens at opposition Forum for Democratic Changeâ€”FDCâ€”as Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu takes over as the new party President. Muntu has been sworn in at Namboole Stadium in Kampala, by party lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, minutes after being announced winner by Dan Mugarura, the FDC electoral commission chairperson
Muntu has been sworn in at Namboole Stadium in Kampala, by party lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, minutes after being announced winner, beating his two opponents, Nathan Nandala Mafabi and Geoffrey Ekanya.
Dan Mugarura, the FDC electoral commission chairperson, has officially declared Muntu winner with 392 votes which is 50.64 percent against Nathan Nandala Mafabi’s 360 votes representing 46.39 percent. Geoffrey Ekanya, the third candidate in the race managed only 17 votes representing 2.91 percent.
Muntu has been secretary for mobilisation in FDC, while Mafabi is Leader of Opposition in Parliament. Ekanya is a Member of Parliament for Tororo County and shadow finance minister.
As the results started filtering in, Team Muntu started early jubilations shouting Oyera Oyera Oyera.
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Swaibu Rutakirwa, Muntu’s supporter from Ntungamo district said Muntu’s win means President Yoweri Museveni’s downfall.
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Some FDC supporters believe with Muntu’s win, it is going to be easy for the party to convince more members in the ruling National Resistance Movement to join FDC.
Muntu, a former army commander and member of the East African Legislative Assembly, takes over from Retired Colonel Dr. Kiiza Besigye, who has been party president for seven years.
The two were together in the five-year bush war as National Resistance Army fighters shot their way to power in 1986 and served in different positions in President Museveni’s government. Muntu served as army commander from 1989 to 1998 while Besigye served as National Political Commissar and State Minister for Internal Affairs before retiring from the army in 2000.
They later teamed up with other politicians to form Reform Agenda, a political pressure group pushing for reforms within National Resistance Movement. It is on this platform that Besigye contested for the presidency in 2001 but lost controversially to incumbent, Yoweri Museveni. Reform Agenda later joined hands with other political groups to form FDC in 2005. The party elected Besigye, who had just returned from exile in South Africa as party president.