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Former FDC president Mugisha Muntu defies party orders, holds Hoima consultation meeting
Many of those in the Hoima meeting urged Muntu to lead the formation of a new political party and leave FDC since he won’t have space to have his ideas thrive in FDC.

Former Forum for Democratic Change party president Maj. General Mugisha Muntu has embarked on his countrywide consultation meetings in Bunyoro sub-region beginning with Hoima district.

Muntu and like-minded colleagues in FDC promised these consultations in November 2017, shortly after he lost the party presidency to Patrick Amuriat Oboi. The Muntu group said they had deep-seated operational and strategic differences with other members of FDC whose torch-bearer Amuriat had captured the opposition party’s top seat.  

 

The meeting drew FDC members, some from the ruling NRM party, civil society activists, as well as religious and business leaders from the region. On the agenda were not just internal FDC matters but also political transition in the country.

 

Many of those in the meeting urged Muntu to lead the formation of a new political party and leave FDC since he won’t have space to have his ideas thrive in FDC.

They said the new political party should promote reconciliation and a different way of doing things so as to attract Ugandans frustrated with the current parties.

But others asked Muntu to continue engaging the party leaders to find consensus.

Gen. Muntu did not rule out the idea of forming a new party but noted that the final decision would be made after wide consultation.

Muntu’s consultations began shortly after FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi wrote to party district chairpersons and general secretaries directing them to disassociate themselves from any mobilization meeting not be sanctioned by the FDC National Executive Committee.But Muntu said his consultations were not a party activity since even non-FDC members had been invited.