A total of 63 Forum for Democratic Change leaders from the Ankole region publicly resigned from their respective positions on Friday.
The leaders including district chairpersons, executive secretaries, league chairpersons and others, who converged at Mbarara Freedom Garden, also declared their defection to the new political group the New Formation which was recently founded by former FDC president, Gen. Mugisha Muntu.
A joint resignation letter signed by four representatives including former Mbarara District FDC Secretary General, Daniel Kafureka was publicly read during the event.
“We, the FDC leaders of Ankole sub-region gathered here, hereby inform members of the press and the general public that with effect from today, we have officially resigned our leadership positions in FDC party and have therefore ceased to be members of Forum for Democratic Change,” said part of the joint resignation letter.
“Going forward, we officially declare that we will be part of ‘The New Formation’ a political platform in the process of forming a new political party by 25th December 2018,” declared the group.
The group stated that the main reason for their departure from FDC is the irreconcilable political approach differences between the supporters of President Patrick Amuriat and those of Muntu.
“It should be noted that we joined FDC to build a strong party with credible values that would help us to capture power and use it to transform this nation and build an attractive political culture that would last for generations to come. We therefore believe that this can only be achieved through compromise and negotiations as opposed to confrontational approaches.”
Supporters of Amuriat and founding President Dr. Kizza Besigye believe in defiance while those backing Muntu want sober politics of building party structures.
Some of the leaders included: Kiruhura District Chairperson, Kwoyesiga Hellen; Ibanda district Youth Chairman, Nyamugambwa Amooti; Sheema district women, Kansime Evelyn; Rubirizi district chairperson, Muzoora Moses; Ntungamo district chairperson, Karamira George among others.