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Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya is the third contestant.
Chimp Investigations show that Mafabi has spent Shs1.6bn, in what appears as the most expensive presidential election in the FDC’s history.
Gen. Muntu meeting his supporters during his campaign trail
This includes facilitation of his robust Public Relations machinery headed by his main propagandist Shawn Mubiru; fuel and facilitation for his campaign strategists, and massive payments to FDC delegates and international lobbying.
Mafabi spent at least Shs200m alone during his main rally in Mbale last week.
Hundreds welcome Muntu in Eastern Uganda
Hundreds of delegates who attended had unlimited access to luxurious amenities at a top Hotel in Mbale before leaving with huge envelopes as “transport refund.”
Gen Muntu has also managed to drive the fuel-guzzler Tundra throughout the campaign on top of heavily facilitating his strategists.
Interestingly, as all this happened, the FDC was struggling to raise at least Shs250m for the delegates conference.
Poll ratings and investigations carried out by this website have confirmed that if the FDC elections are free and fair, Gen Muntu will emerge victorious with at least 65 percent.
Delegates back Muntu in western Uganda
History shows that candidates who pump millions of shillings in FDC elections have always lost.
Gen Muntu lost twice to Col Kizza Besigye despite raising lots of money from the public through mobile money and foreign donors.
It’s also important to note that most FDC delegates are educated and principled individuals who have the party at heart and have on several occasions resisted money from NRM to quit opposition.
Muntu addresses a huge crowd during his campaign
There was a time in the 2011 election campaigns when Patrick Baguma, then FDC vice chairman for western Uganda, rejected a Shs1bn deal from a member of the First family to quit his party and join opposition.
“Those who think can bribe FDC delegates to win an election are grossly mistaken. The crop of FDC leadership cannot be swayed by freebies, having resisted fatty envelopes from NRM,” said a top FDC official.
Muntu is likely to emerge victorious because of four reasons.
Muntu has maintained a clean campaign by ignoring tribal attacks from Mafabi’s camps
The first one is that after losing hope in Besigye, delegates intend to front a powerful candidate who can remove Museveni from power. And this is none other than Muntu, a man who enjoys a “Commander-in-chief” stature and little resistance from the army leadership.
The second reason why delegates will favour Muntu is because of his democratic credentials which include maintaining his links with FDC despite losing to Besigye twice. The two have also remained close friends.
The third reason is that Muntu won in the court of public opinion during the WBS TV debate. Many observers agreed that the debate exposed Mafabi’s political weaknesses in addressing key issues that affect the party and the nation.
“This is Mafabi’s waterloo,” remarked John Atiku, a student at Makerere University who was among revelers in the WBS auditorium.
Muntu proved his statesmanship and extensive knowledge of how FDC can be rejuvenated to seize power, citing robust electoral reforms to ensure free and fair elections; while Mafabi pessimistically said “even if FDC got Shs100bn, it would not win an election.”
The fourth factor that will propel Muntu’s rise to FDC presidency is his attractive looks that endear him to women. His wife has also been part of the campaigns while Mafabi’s wife appeared only once at a rally in Mbale.
Muntu is already a well-known public figure and campaigned with the aspect of a man already in the motions of a presidential race – ready to put an end to Museveni’s rule.
Despite losing to Besigye, Muntu has maintained a close relationship with the party boss
It’s argued that Muntu is the only opposition candidate with a rare national appeal capable of uniting the nation in case the NRM is defeated.
Some of the delegates who talked to Chimpreports say Muntu preaches the values of honesty and transparency, is fair in his analysis of things.
“He is a firm character; he has the ability to stay calm under pressure. And he has humility. I say this basing on his record as army commander.”
During the WBS TV debate, Muntu said: “I am a democrat, experienced, steady under all circumstances. I have been tested and I am honest. I have got integrity. These are things we need as a party because you cannot give something you don’t have.”
He added: “The crisis of credibility is in the country. Delegates should put their trust in me. We should capture power to put our country back to track.”
Ugandans have also had made public their views:
Joseph Birimumaaso Kawalya says: “I have this silent belief that this guy can deliver but too bad I am not one of the delegates to vote.”
Lloyd Sakoni Elly: “That’s the kind of leadership we are interested in not those who act on benefiting personal interests and forget that country’s interests should be put first.”
the rise and rise of muntu
During his campaign, Muntu made this important statement.
MP Beti Anywar (R) has also declared her support for Mafabi
I joined the bush when I was 23 years when I had a choice to do privileged jobs. I decided to go to the bush.
I finished my exams on March 14, 1981 and I joined the bush on March 21. I could have joined the UPC government.
I was shot in 1981, brought to Kisekka Hospital, treated and went back. I didn’t go back because I thought we were going to take power.
We were far from that. At that time, we were 48 and we had four guns. It was clear in my mind that we were not about to take power. We went through difficult circumstances. People were starving to death.
We captured power in 1986. I was appointed Director Military Intelligence; I later became chief political commissar, division commander and was made commander of the army in 1989 until 1998.
By the time we took over Kampala, we were 15,000.
Muntu’s rally paralyses Eastern Uganda
From 1988 to 1992, the army had grown to 100,000. I managed that army which was still a guerilla force and secondly, it expanded so fast, integrating many other armies with different backgrounds. You cannot manage that force if you are soft.
By the time I left, we had built discipline and systems in the army. In 1998, when I left Command, President Museveni wrote to me. I had taken a two-week leave after all those many years. He wrote to me a letter, shifting me from command and making me a minister.
I wrote back to him within that very short period thanking him for having appointed me the Commander, and for the period I served but turned down the offer he had given me.
I remained a Member of Parliament representing the army until 2001 when I run on individual merit for East African Legislative Assembly until 2004.
Muntu says he is a strong democrat who will deliver FDC to victory in 2016
Even in 2004 when we formed PAFO, I would have remained in the Movement. There is nothing that could have stopped me because I had not clashed with anybody at an individual level. Again, I chose a difficult path to join the opposition.
If softness or toughness people talk about is going physical, I won’t take part. If it’s mental, then they are making wrong conclusions.
Chimpreports will bring to you live updates of the FDC delegates conference.