Former FDC President Gen Mugisha Muntu on Thursday opened up for the first time on the contentious shuffle of the opposition parliamentary leadership, by his successor Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
The changes last week, which continue to threaten dissecting the leading opposition party, saw Kasese Woman MP Hon Winnie Kiiza dropped as Leader of Opposition.
Also all MPs who did not support Mr Oboi’s party presidency — save for Opposition Whip Hon Semujju Nganda — lost their positions in the shadow cabinet and parliamentary committees.
Gen Muntu in a brief statement today, praised the work of the outgoing leadership, for the great work done under his leadership over the years.
Muntu particularly hailed Mrs Kiiza, who he said, outperformed all the past Leaders of Opposition in terms of boldness, and working towards unity.
“Hon. Winnie Kiiza took over the LOP post at a time when many questioned the importance of it,” he said.
“With great poise and charisma, she rallied opposition MPs around common goals. Her leadership has without doubt been the most successful when it comes to bringing together members of various political parties, including those in the ruling party. She was bold enough to stand for the people.”
“As the first woman to occupy this position post-independence, Hon. Kiiza has not only demonstrated to Ugandans the capacity women have to govern well, but is also proof that our country is not short of able, democratic and people-centered leaders. Thank you Winnie for your hard work and service.”
Muntu went on to praise his other appointed opposition leaders Cecilia Ogwal, Sumujju Nganda, Reagan Okumu, Abdu Katuntu, Angeline Ossege, Hon. Gerald Karuhanga and others for their “hard work and contributions towards the furthering of democracy, justice and the rule of law in the country.”
“By your actions and under your respective leadership roles, you challenged government to serve the nation better. I wish to congratulate all of you upon having served your party and country with distinction and I have no doubt that you will continue to work towards a nation in which leaders put the Country before self. “