Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, the National Coordinator for the newest political party, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) has revealed that his party will engage other sister parties to try to get a joint presidential flag bearer for the forthcoming election.
Muntu while appearing on NBS TV on Thursday night said that although his party will elect a flag bearer, it will go ahead and engage other parties to try and get a joint presidential flag bearer adding that “lamenting” will not change anything.
“The Alliance (ANT) will elect its flag bearer. The Alliance will engage other sister parties on trying to get a joint presidential flag bearer. But what we really are focusing our efforts on, is building the networks and infrastructure that will catapult whomever we choose either as a party or coalition into power. Without such planning and strategy, no one will be able to go past Kibuye on their way to State House Entebbe regardless of what flag they are bearing. That has always been our position and will continue to be,” Muntu said.
It should be noted however, that past attempts by the Ugandan opposition to front a joint candidate have been futile.
In 2016, The Democratic Alliance (TDA) which involved all the strongest and powerful opposition politicians such as Dr Kizza Besigye of FDC, Nobert Mao of DP and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi collapsed after all players failed to agree on who should hold the flag and stand against President Museveni.
Meanwhile, Muntu advocated for building grass-root structures in order to take the presidency.
“It would be foolhardy for us in opposition to focus our efforts on personalities. Our work must be set on strengthening our grassroot presence and structures. We must organize and have in place the kind of coordination that can contest the regime,” he added.