The Forum for Democratic change President Maj General Mugisha Muntu has called upon the party’s flag bearer in the last three Presidential elections, Dr. Kizza Besigye to accept defeat should the candidate he supports lose.
He was speaking to FDC delegates congregated at the Mandela National stadium at Namboole Friday for the party presidential elections.
Muntu, who seemed upset while delivering his speech, said that he has always been conceding defeat whenever Besigye and those he has been supporting have won him.
“Am happy that Dr. Besigye is here. I have conceded defeat all the three times he has won me. I am a democrat and expect him and his candidate to accept defeat if I win,” Muntu said.
Dr. Besigye has always been accused by some members of his party for partisan approach to the campaign by siding with Patrick Oboi Amuriat who he sought support for during the campaigns.
However, Dr. Besigye denied the allegations saying that the he moved with Amuriat on national issues and that he (Amuriat) is the only candidate who invited him.
Muntu, the incumbent in this election, further asked party delegates to be objective when voting.
“Ladies and gentlemen, don’t put feelings in politics. Politics is all about creating identity,” added a seemingly furious Muntu.
Meanwhile, Gen Muntu emphasised the need for building and strengthening party structures as a way of capturing state power.
His arch rival Patrick Oboi Amuriat, echoed defiance campaigns and strategies to oust the NRM and President Museveni from power whom he described ‘a dictator’ who can’t be massaged out of power.
Moses Byamugisha and Malcolm Matsiko are the other candidates vying for the FDC top party seat.
As it stands, it seems to be a question of defiance versus party structural development, but one wonders what the aftermath of this election shall be. Whether the election will strengthen FDC or leave the party divided in pieces.