The leadership of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is split on whether to replace Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza as Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Parliament.
FDC, which has the biggest opposition party representation in Parliament, is mandated by the law to choose the LoP.
Kiiza and her team were appointed in May 2016 and their positions would ordinarily be reviewed after two and a half years in November, but the fallout from the polarizing election of Amuriat may bring the review forward.
Highly placed sources within the party hierarchy has told this website that the Party President, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, is toying with the idea of replacing Kiiza or allowing her to complete her term of office in the 10th Parliament.
Since the party presidential elections last year, Amuriat had a plan to reshuffle the party leadership that largely did not support his candidature.
Kiiza was a key figure in Gen Muntu’s election taskforce while Kira Municipality MP Ssemujju Nganda (Opposition Chief Whip) was the chairman of the Elect Muntu Taskforce.
Kiiza was behind Gen Muntu even during the 2012 FDC presidential election when the General defeated Budadiri West MP Nandala Mafabi.
The group is said to believe in Gen Muntu’s ideology and had even threatened to break away from the party after he lost the party presidency to Amuriat.
Muntu was also backed by Angeline Ossegge (chairperson Public Accounts Committee), Abdu Katuntu (chairperson Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises [Cosase]) and Reagan Okumu (chairperson Local Government Accounts Committee).
Muntu also had the backing of Independents Gerald Karuhanga (PAC vice chairperson) and Anita Among (vice chairperson – Cosase).
However, sources have revealed that Amuriat has since been impressed by how Kiiza has kept closely, working with the party leadership ever since the party presidential elections.
Her ability to mobilize and unite all opposition MPs to support the FDC candidates in the Jinja East Rukungiri Woman MP by-elections has won the admiration of her former haters at Najjanankumbi.
“Her effort was visibly seen and felt by everyone, even her perceived foes at the Najjanankumbi. We have all appreciated that despite the tight schedule of the budgeting process at Parliament, she still found time almost on a daily basis to come and physical mobilize in Rukungiri,” a source privy to the matter said.
In the two by-elections, Muntu has been involved in the campaigns and even campaigned alongside Kizza Besigye in Rukungiri, which impressed the party.
It is said that Amuriat may shelve plans to replace Kiiza with William Nzhoghu, the Busongora North MP, who the FDC president loves because of his belief in the Besigye confrontational ideology.
Nzhoghu also comes from Kasese which is a strong FDC stronghold that the party would not want to lose when Kiiza is replaced.
The party also sees Kiira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju, Gulu Woman MP Betty Aol and Obongi County MP Hassan Kaps Fungaroo as potential replacements for Kiiza in Parliament.
Ssemujju is loved because of the need to cater for the Buganda issue in the party, Aol is favoured because of the women representation while Fungaroo’s good debating skills are also said to be loved by the party.
But for now, the status quo remains.