The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will not celebrate the exit of Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu from the largest opposition party as his departure only “plays into the hands of President Museveni”, a senior party official said Wednesday morning.
Nakawa FDC MP Michael Kabaziguruka said it was “regrettable” and “sad” that Muntu chose to quit a political organisation he co-founded.
“It is unfortunate that this is happening,” said Kabaziguruka, an influential leader in FDC.
“It is regrettable that he (Muntu) is leaving the party. There are no challenges that are insurmountable. We should have used resilient mechanisms to resolve these issues,” he told ChimpReports.
Muntu yesterday said he sharply disagreed with the strategy FDC had adopted in its pursuit of power – defiance.
“There is a nationwide recognition of the fact that FDC is fractured. During all our consultation meetings, everyone that spoke admitted to or spoke of an internal rift in ideology,” said Muntu.
Muntu has since maintained a brand of a moderate politician willing to make compromises as the opposition moves to challenge Museveni’s hold onto power.
This put him at loggerheads with the radical wing of FDC which believes Museveni cannot be massaged out of power.
Muntu said in his statement that, “Many of our people are frustrated, either with the way things are being run by the current leadership or with the way things were being ran under mine.”
Kabaziguruka observed that “any piece that falls off the whole leaves us less. I will not celebrate because one of us is leaving. There is more effort we can put to correct what we think is not going well. We need a united front,” said the lawmaker.