All Africa Games: Uganda U-23s enter Camp

Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has intensified grassroots mobilisation campaigns in different parts of the country in what appears a strategic move to popularise his anticipated candidacy in the 2016 presidential elections.

Gen Muntu has been in the Rwenzori area since last week where he is addressing political rallies.

While FDC is yet to unveil its 2016 presidential flag-bearer, approved Gen Muntu is viewed as the main opposition party’s likely choice in the much-anticipated race.

Col Kizza Besigye has since pulled out of the 2016 exercise, treatment saying opposition should now focus on pressuring government to accept electoral reforms which include the disbandment of the electoral commission to select what he describes as a “credible leadership.”

Besigye believes that spending resources on heavy grassroots mobilisation without restructuring the headship of Electoral Commission (EC) is a waste of time as election results will be rigged in favour of the incumbent.

EC boss Badru Kiggundu maintains the electoral body is fully prepared to deliver a free and fair election.

On Monday, patient Muntu toured Bwera in Kasese where he addressed rallies.

He urged all FDC supporters to remain optimistic about the 2016 victory against Museveni.


“No one should take you for a ride that Museveni will leave power.  Never. He is not going anywhere until we uproot him,” said Muntu, who fought alongside Museveni in the 5-year NRA struggle that saw the latter seize power in 1986.

He said Museveni’s style of leadership is not any different from that of African strongmen who rely on intimidation and jailing of opponents and suppression of dissent to entrench their rule.

“It’s not until we say ‘enough is enough’ that we will show him the exit. The power to change your well being and determining your destiny lies in your hearts. You are the agents of change; use your power,’” charged the former army commander.

In his speech, Muntu spoke about the role of the UPDF in a political transition, saying the army is sustained by the taxpayers whom it serves at their will.

“Whether he likes it or not, Museveni will go. This army does not belong to him but you,” said Muntu as the excited audience cheered on the retired military general.

Observers say Muntu’s speech in Kasese is a huge departure from his usual soft tone in criticising Museveni.

Ugandans are hugely attracted to assertive opposition leaders.
2015 all africa games qualifiers
1st Round:
1st Leg: Mozambique Vs Uganda (February20 – 22)
Return leg: Uganda Vs Mozambique (March 6 – 8)

The national under 23 side – the Kobs is in camped ahead of the first leg of the 2015 Africa Games qualifier away to Mozambique with head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic saying they decided to have residential camp in Njeru and train on the artificial pitch. “The training is getting on well and the players are responding well, order ” said Sredojevic.

Micho also trimmed the team to 25 (to be trimmed to 18) who are undergoing the residential training before flying out to Maputo on Thursday. The subsequent winners will face giants Egypt in the third and final qualification round.

Uganda’s best team to date that included the likes of retired skipper Ibrahim Sekagya, medical Hassan Mubiru and Willy Kyambadde among others finished fourth after losing 2-0 to hosts South Africa in the semis of Johannesburg 1999.

The squad: Isma Watenga (Vipers), Ashadu Bugembe (Vipers) and Mathias Kigonya (Bright Stars),  Brian Ochwo (Victoria University), Joseph Nsubuga (Bright Stars),Ibrahim Kiyemba (Lweza), Isa Lumu (Kira Young), Shafiq Bakaki (Express), Sadat Kyambadde (Police), Derrick Teko (Kira Young), Yunus Sibira (Kirinya/Jinja S.S), Hashim Sempala (Bul F.C), Farouq Miya (Vipers), Keziron Kizito (Vipers), Abel Eturude (Maroons), Rahmat Senfuka (Police), Gadafi Kiwanuka (Rwenshama), Julius Malingumu (Vipers), Robert Achema (BUL), Abdul Karim Kasule (SC Villa), Brian Nkuubi (Kira Young), Villa Oromcan (Paidha Black Angels) and Umar Kasumba (Police)

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