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What to pick from FDC elections

By Umaru Kashaka

Added 25th November 2017 04:18 PM

Amuriat garnered 641 votes against Muntu’s 463.

What to pick from FDC elections

Amuriat garnered 641 votes against Muntu’s 463.

PIC: Amuriat being congratulated by the FDC election team


The election of the former Kumi County MP, Patrick Amuriat, as Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president on Friday has left the campaign team of Maj. Gen. (rtd) Mugisha Muntu, searching for answers.

Amuriat defeated Muntu after garnering 641 votes in the FDC delegates' conference at Namboole Stadium against the former Army Commander's 463.

Details of Muntu's election loss and what his next move are in tomorrow's Sunday Vision. So do not miss your copy of this Sunday or subscribe for the Epaper.

However, observers who keenly follow politics in FDC say what most people will pick from these and previous elections is that the party's founding president Dr Kizza Besigye and Muntu see very differently the issue of what FDC needs to do to undermine President Yoweri Museveni's government or to bring it down.

"Besigye believes in activism and defiance and things of that kind and Muntu believes that the best thing to do is to build a strong party with structures right from the grassroots and organize a political organization that can then compete on equal terms with the NRM," opines Dr. Frederick Golooba-Mutebi, a researcher and analyst.

Golooba argues that Besigye and his disciples do not believe that that is the urgent thing to do.

"Because for them I think they are so focused on bringing Museveni down. But any other strategy that seeks to contradict their preferred approach does not appeal to them and that is precisely what Muntu went for," he told New Vision on Saturday.

Gen Muntu campaigned on the platform of: "Building FDC Together" while Amuriat's slogan was: "One Party, One Strategy."

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