Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Gen Mugisha Muntu has called on students at Nkumba University to cease sitting out political affairs of the country, bearing in mind that they comprise of the majority of the country’s population.
Gen Muntu encouraged the students to join his political movement, the New Formation, or any other opposition political party of their choice, to reenergize the efforts of causing political change in Uganda.
Speaking during a public dialogue organized by the Nkumba University Guild, Gen Muntu reminded the students that most of the people in leadership positions in Uganda today joined politics at a young age.
“If you look at the immediate post-independence governments, they were dominated by young men and women; Obote must have been 35years or thereabout,” he said.
“In 1980s, when we felt that things were not going right, we got weapons and went to the bush and by 29, I was already in command.
“Majority of the commanders and ministers were young. So, why are we where we are today? Because of character. A thief is a thief whether young or old, a bad leader is so whether young or old.”
Muntu added that the Ugandan young population can force change in the leadership of the country only when they participate actively in its politics.
“Join political parties and influence the character of those parties,” he rallied the students.
“Join New Formation, join People Power, join FDC, DP, UPC, Jeema; because the more we have committed people of character joining politics and influencing these organisations, the better the country.
“Be the change you want to see at home. Sensitise those in the village, run for political offices as councillors, LC3 chairpersons and whatever other positions are available. Because it is only when you participate that you have a shot at influencing.”
He added, “The future will be largely dependent on the character of those who will be at the centre of managing society. You reap what you sow. You want and orange fruit? Plant an orange tree. It is as simple as that. Each one of you must decide today, what fruit you want to reap and therefore, what kind of fruit you will be.”
“Being youthful is not permanent. The energy you have today will not be the same 20 or 30 years from now. But if you commit today to build your character, that is one thing that can remain constant all your years.”
Gen Muntu is expected in the coming weeks to formalize his political movement, the New Formation, which he started after breaking ties with the FDC party.