By Yosamu Gucwaki
Executive members of opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party in Masindi district have reportedly defected to the newly created Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party.
Sheikh Muhamad Katuramu, the former National Executive Committee (NEC) member of FDC and one of the coordinators of ANT party in Bunyoro region confirmed the defection while addressing press in Masindi yesterday.
The ANT party which was formed by former FDC President Major General Mugisa Muntu, was launched last week in Kampala.
Katuramu claims all the members of the district party executive in Masindi district have defected from FDC except the general secretary Moses Tugume, and elected leaders who are barred from crossing to another parties by law.
These he says will be making their decision towards the 2021 elections.
Katuramu cited personalization in the FDC party and clinging onto leadership by its former president retired Col Kiiza Besigye as the reason for the defection.
He added that they also disagreed with Besigye over defiance as a strategy of causing regime change and preferred Muntu’s peaceful strategy of creating strong party structures that will market the party to the masses and protect its votes from being rigged during elections.
Sheikh Katuramu revealed that ANT’s interim leadership has embarked on marketing the new party ideologies to Ugandans in preparation for the next elections but clarified that the new party is willing and ready to cooperate with FDC and other opposition parties to cause a peaceful regime change in Uganda.
Sheikh Katuramu was flanked by FDC party chairperson in Masindi district Isaac Kanyamu who also announced his defection from the party.
On his side, Kanyamu who has been in the party for 15 years and headed it for over ten years cited what he called Besigye’s hunger for power as the cause for his defection from his old party.
Kanyamu described Muntu, the leader of the new party as a democratic and able person with the capacity to lead the party into power.
Joab Businge, the Mayor Masindi Municipality who is also a member of FDC party declined to comment on the matter promising to do so later.
But Isaac Bongomin, the FDC party secretary general in Masindi municipality insisted that he is still a member and leader who was elected on FDC party ticket.
However, Bongomin who is the councilor for Kijura at Masindi central division on FDC ticket noted that parties differ in ideologies adding members are free to leave and join parties of their choice but maintained that FDC is still a strong party in Uganda.
He revealed that he was planning to talk to Moses Tugume, the party general secretary in the district to organize elections to fill the vacant positions on the party leadership in the district.