KAMPALA–Over 1,000 delegates gathered at Nambole stadium on Friday amid a heavy downpour to elect the party president. The race for the party president has attracted four candidates, with the close race between incumbent Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu and former legislator Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
Amuriat was the first to campaign before the delegates and was introduced by Rubaga division mayor Joyce Ssebugwawo. Amuriat in his speech hailed Dr Kizza Besigye for mentoring him. He promised to lead FDC for three years so as to save the party millions of money spent on organising a delegates conference.
He also promised to identify on time candidates vying for the various offices in 2021. He called for increased action so as to deliver the party to power. Candidate Malcom Matsiko spoke after Amuriat and promised a new dawn for the party. Calling himself a game changer, Matsiko said he has a new plan of capturing power from the former bush war comrades.
Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, who was introduced by Kiira Municipality MP Ssemuju Ibrahim Nganda, said his leadership will give solutions to problems affecting the country. He said there is need to concentrate more on marketing the party than marketing individuals.
He slamed critics who accuse him of killing FDC, adding that the strategy he has employed has helped galvanize the party. He also called for unity in the party, saying that the ability to manage internal contradictions is key to party growth.
“I have stood at the top level five times and each time I have stood and defeated, I have stood behind the winner,” Muntu said.
He slammed those who refused to acknowledge defeat in the previous FDC party presidential polls, saying that they are the very people supporting his main opponent Patrick Amuriat Oboi.