FDC President Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has conceded defeat in the Wednesday poll that saw his archrival Dr Kizza Besigye elected as the party’s flag-bearer for the 2016 presidential elections.
“I have lost, viagra approved http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-includes/pluggable-deprecated.php ” admitted the former army commander.
“But FDC has won. It was my intention all along to prove to the entire world that we can offer democracy to Ugandans.”
Besigye polled 718 votes against Muntu’s 289 in an electrifying election that saw the former’s supporters turn Namboole Stadium, http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php where the delegates conference took place, into a dancing field.
Led by FDC Secretary for Mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe, Besigye’s supporters pulled rare strokes till they could dance no more.
Hundreds of the delegates later walked to neighbouring bars in Kireka for drinks till the wee hours.
As soon as FDC Electoral Commission boss Dan Mugarura declared Besigye victorious, Muntu abandoned his chair to embrace his rival.
I have been defeated
Muntu would later make a moving speech, admitting defeat.
“Today has been our 60th day of campaigns. We all sold our plans and today you have taken a decision to accept Col Besigye, a decision that I respect,” said Muntu as FDC delegates welcomed the speech with a standing ovation.
“As we speak, FDC is now a united party despite the challenges that we went through after the recent party elections. We portrayed that we have the capacity to manage party wrangles.”
He added: “Col Besigye thanks for coming back and winning; I respect the choice of delegates. I don’t fight for victory but I fight for a cause and principles.”
Muntu vowed to “swing all the party infrastructure behind you (Besigye) and I know we shall succeed. It’s my pleasure today to concede defeat to Col Besigye; I respect him and will rally all my support behind him.”
The former army chief who fell out with Museveni in the late 1990s said he did not participate in the armed struggle that toppled the regimes of Milton Obote and military junta in the 1980s to get positions but “I fight for freedom, democracy and peoples’ rights.”
A strong believer in God, Muntu said he does not intend to “fall off, I know my purpose by the grace of God, one time will be achieved.”
In his parting shot, Muntu warned Besigye against sending different signals on the strategy of removing President Museveni from power.
He said a meeting of the top party leadership should be held to harmonise the different positions.
Muntu vowed not to give the struggle to change the current government, saying, “I am a long distance runner.”
It was a moment of joy on Thursday morning as the Forum for Democratic Change Electoral Commission declared founding leader Dr Kizza Besigye the party’s Presidential flag-bearer during the party delegates’ conference at Mandela National Stadium.
Despite a few hitches, tadalafil http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/lib/mobile-detect.php voting went on well and by 9:42pm over 1,000 delegates from different parts of the country had finished casting their votes.
15 minutes into the tallying exercise, it was clear that Besigye would emerge victorious.
At exactly 12:16 am, the Electoral Commission chairperson Dan Mugarura, declared Besigye the winner and rightful FDC flag bearer.
“Dr. Kizza Besigye has polled 718 votes against Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu’s 289 votes and there has been only one invalid vote. I therefore declare Besigye the Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer for 2016,”Mugarura announced amidst jubilations by the FDC strongman’s supporters.
For Dr. Kizza Besigye, the win marks another big hurdle ahead of the opposition as they prepare to confront President Museveni in the 2016 general elections in a bid to take power.
“This marks the beginning of real work. There is now hard work ahead of us but I have hope in the energy that I have realized in our people and leaders during the campaigns. Together we can achieve what is ahead of us,” the opposition strongman said on Thursday morning.
Besigye however said there was no time to wait for organization before confronting the enemy but rather start from nowhere to somewhere if they are to achieve their goals.
The FDC stalwart noted that they ought to start tackling the problem where it lies than waiting to be organized as had been suggested by the party president Gen. Muntu, adding that this might never be achieved.
“I am going to work and see that whatever we have achieved both in the party and outside is used to tackle the problem ahead of us,” said Besigye.
“I will use the flag you have given me to the best of my abilities. I may make mistakes but in good faith doing what I think is the best for us all.”
Muntu Concedes Defeat
In his acceptance speech shortly after the announcements, Muntu who looked strong said he believes in the God of Jacob, Isaac and Abraham whom he said is a God of power and will keep him focused despite losing the election.
The former army commander noted that the win was not for Besigye as an individual but that the party at large would benefit from his election as their flag-bearer in the forthcoming elections.
Muntu noted that it’s high time they began processes he said would be crucial in seeing the party take over the highest office in the country in 2016.
“This is not a loss because I am a long distance runner who knows that every dark cloud there is a silver lining. I went to the bush while I was 23 years but at 29 I was made the army commander. I remained stable and focused. We have achieved a lot during this election but it’s time we now starting organizing for 2016 elections.”
Muntu warned that the period before elections will be crucial for the party and its leadership as far as taking power in the forthcoming elections is concerned.
“If he (Besigye) wasn’t the right man, the remaining time will judge. I hope we are not going to have two parallel forces within the party and if this happens, we will not be able to take power. I am not a prophet but intelligent enough to tell what might happen,” Muntu warned.
However, Soroti District woman MP Angeline Osege who also doubled as the leader of Muntu’s campaign team said she accepted defeat to Besigye but noted that she is not sure of the times ahead of the party.
“The delegates have voted but what I don’t understand is where we are headed with one month to nomination. We can’t change what has happened because the delegates have voted but I will wait to see what will turn out. I hope his leadership will have an impact,” Osege told this website in an interview.
Besigye will now represent Uganda’s strongest opposition party at the Democratic Alliance where the platform is expected to front a single candidate to challenge President Museveni in the 2016 presidential elections.