FDC’s incumbent presidential candidate, Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu has questioned why he is being attacked by party members for doing the exact things that his predecessor Dr Kizza Besigye did.
Muntu yesterday wondered why some FDC leaders continued to accuse him of appointing the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) yet Dr. Besigye did the same twice.
Muntu told the gathering at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi that his appointing of the LOP wasn’t unprecedented yet it suddenly became an issue during his leadership.
In 2006, Muntu recalled, the party believed it was cheated in the presidential elections and decided to go to Court, but later decided partake in Parliament and appoint the LOP in the names of Prof. Ogenga Latigo.
“In 2011, again…we agreed upon Hon. Nandala Mafabi as the LOP,” Muntu said.
Muntu noted that in 2016 the same thing happened, they grudgingly lost the general elections but still NEC sat and decided to form parliamentary leadership.
“The question I have for colleagues is; why do you think that 2016 was different? Is it because I am the party president? Is it because I am being targeted as an individual? I didn’t take an individual decision; we took the same decision three times as organs of the party.”
Muntu said he respects party organs and would never go against a decision taken by the party organs. This he said has been the reason he always conceded defeat and rallied behind the winner.
In response however, former Kumi County Member of Parliament, Patrick Amuriat an advocate of the defiance campaign, said that the 2016 election was unique from other elections, because FDC took a deliberate decision to form the Peoples’ Government which is completely different from how they reacted before.
“What we would have expected from the leadership in the party was to own their own resolution of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and be part of this government and not do such things that would bring contradictions.”
He observed that the worst contradiction was for the party to claim that it had won the elections and then the party leadership did something different by appointing the Shadow Cabinet.