Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) incumbent Presidential contender Gen. Mugisha Muntu has accused the leaders of the so-called defiance campaign for locking out other people out including himself; which partly led to its failure.
Muntu made the accusation during a joint press conference of all presidential candidates where he used the opportunity to clarify on allegations that he is against the defiance campaign which was launched by 2016 party presidential candidate, Dr. Kiiza Besigye.
Muntu said that despite having worked closely with the said defiance team within the party, he was sidelined to the extent that he has been labeled an opponent of the group’s activities.
Muntu started by explained his role in the campaign, “When we were cheated in 2016, we sat here and agreed on the actions to take and one was to call for a stay home campaign; we sent out a call all over the country for people not to go to work but rather stay at home. Unfortunately it didn’t happen.”
He said that after the people defied the party, the leaders sat and agreed to hold nationwide demonstrations which were supposed to begin on May 5 2016.
“In Kampala the campaign was supposed to start from the headquarters and at 8am, I was here, I didn’t see some of the people that are always casting accusations; the only person I only told not to come here was Ingrid Turinawe because she was the one coordinating the demonstration and if she got arrested, the nationwide operation would be paralyzed.”
Muntu said that in 2006 he engaged in many street demonstrations as well as in 2011 where he actively participated in Walk to Work until a resolution was taken for some members of the party to concentrate on party development while others would continue with civil disobedience.
He added that he chaired all meetings that cleared and offered back-up to the different defiance activities including giving financial support for the same.
“The question I have for those who say that Muntu is not for defiance is that if I, who has supported the cause to such an extent can be locked out what about people who don’t have a name?” charged Gen Muntu.
“We must be careful; we want to take power, power can make us drunk, it can cause us to have that feeling of entitlement like those who have weapons.”
He added, “My appeal to the colleagues who want to use defiance as an identity; please don’t try to personalize it. We are all Ugandans and anybody can participate in what they want to participate in. When we take power, let those who basically seem to be locking everybody out not become like those who hold weapons because it is a dangerous path to walk.”
Muntu noted that the situation currently is as if one needs to first write an application to either be allowed entry into defiance or not.
“Even after I have done all the things I have done, you can still hear voices that Muntu is not for defiance…For anybody to try assuming the role of appointing who can be and who can’t be, that is arrogance and I have fought arrogance all my life; nobody can take that position to choose who should involve in civil disobedience and who should not.”