Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday received over 400 former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters in the south western district of Rukungiri who crossed to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
President Museveni who is NRM chairman while receiving the converts, said the Movement stands on Non-sectarianism, Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Socio-economic transformation.
They included FDC leaders of all categories. The ceremony took place on Monday at the President’s home in Rwakitura, western Uganda. The defectors were led by the Deputy RDC Rukungiri district, Ms Harriet Nakamya.
Rukungiri district is home to former FDC president Rtd Col. Kiiza Besigye, Museveni’s erstwhile political rival and the defection will come as bad news for the party that is trying to keep its members united following the disputed presidential elections.
The election that was held to replace Kiiza Besigye as president of the party saw Major General Mugisha Muntu emerge victorious. His victory was however contested by one of his challengers, Nandala Mafabi who is also the Leader of Opposition in parliament.
The resulting disagreements have put questions on the country’s main opposition party that has for long sought to assure Ugandans that it is a better option than the ruling NRM.
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