KAMPALA – Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu, the national coordinator for the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), has said their party is looking at forming a coalition with other opposition parties ahead of 2021 elections.
Maj Gen (Rtd) Muntu said at the moment, ANT is building its grassroots infrastructure and not yet ready to field presidential candidate in 2021.
“At the moment we are not focusing on an individual. We have chosen building ANT as an institution from the grassroots up to the national level, attracting more leaders and mobilising resources. If we don’t do that, we can field a candidate who will be left hanging up there without the necessary grassroots infrastructure,” he said on Monday while grassroots infrastructure over 100 ANT coordinators from Bunyoro sub-region at Eka Hotel in Hoima Town.
He said ANT will work with opposition forces to field joint candidates at all levels, including at presidency.
“I believe we will field joint candidates. There is need for a coalition,” he said.
Although he did not mention the specific parties they will work with, Gen Muntu has held numerous meetings with People Power Movement led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine.
Gen Muntu formed the ANT in May this year after quitting Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) where he previously served as President and secretary for national mobilization.
In the Hoima meeting, Gen Muntu said Ugandans are ready for a new chapter of governance and want qualitative change in political leadership that will benefit citizens. He said corruption, injustices, rising crime levels, poverty, governance inconsistencies have frustrated Ugandans who now desire political change.
“It is up to us to position ourselves as a credible alternative for change by building a value-based political party that addresses the welfare of Ugandans,” he said.
Gen Muntu also said President Museveni’s recently concluded presidential tours on operation wealth creation programme indicate the death of institutions.
“How can you fight crime without adequate funding of technical institutions that are supposed you fight criminality such as police and judiciary? It is a close circuit. We must have a system where criminals do not walk scot free. Once there is a weak link, you can’t fight crime,” he said.