The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party flag bearer, Rtd. Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu Gregg has challenged the Electoral Commission to conduct a free, fair and transparent election.
“My hope is that the remaining 2 or 3 months of elections will be managed well and smoothly so that we can have a free, fair and transparent electoral process,” Muntu said shortly after he was nominated by the Electoral Commission at Kyambogo University in Kampala on Monday afternoon.
“We desire to see that as people because we have never seen any election that is conducted in a manner where all who engage in it (the winners and losers) do trust the outcomes of it,’ said the former army commander and NRA war combatant.
“Therefore, it is a challenge for the Commission. I know that the country will back you up to do all things that are in your means, to be independent, to boldly and without fear for anybody. Don’t fear, do what is necessary. Conduct a free, fair transparent process,” he emphasized.
Muntu, who was accompanied by his wife Julia, recently abandoned FDC which he co-founded with Kizza Besigye, to start Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).
Flanked by former MP Alice Alaso and Dan Mugarura, Muntu emphasised the need for EC to exercise its mandate with the highest level of integrity.
“You (EC) have a choice to make. We wait to see how the process is going to be like until it’s conclusion. What I am sure of today as we speak, I believe that we are starting a new chapter in this country. I believe that a new era is starting,” he said, apparently to energyise his support base.
Although many may not be able recognise the new era he talked about, Muntu said with passage of time, it will become “self evident.”
“Those who know, know. Those who don’t know, don’t know. They will get to know with time but today is a day of victory,” he said.
Muntu said upon being elected president, Ugandans will see a country where there is “justice and fairness” and where those in power can manage it in such a way that is favourable for all.
Even when Uganda has tried in 58 years and failed to have a peaceful transfer of power from one President to another, Muntu promised a new experience.
“When we do that on a consistent basis, we are going to start walking our people on a journey of recovery of their dignity,” said Muntu, 62.
Muntu, who joined Museveni’s guerrillas after completing his education at Makerere University, said infrastructure developments are important but noted that nothing is as important as people having their dignity and therefore promised to create an environment where people are able to achieve both.