All is not well for Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
On Sunday, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni who is also the chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party was in the country’s western district of Rukungiri where he formally welcomed 3800 FDC defectors into the NRM.
Rukungiri district NRM Chairman, Major General Jim Muhwezi hailed the defectors for rejecting lies by which they were hoodwinked to join FDC.
Rukungiri district is home to former FDC President Retired Colonel Dr. Kiiza Besigye, who is regarded as Mr. Museveni’s main challenger on the Ugandan political landscape.
Sunday’s ‘welcome ceremony’ for the ‘Balokole’ is seen by many as a slap in the face for Dr. Kiiza Besigye who has thrice tried to unseat his former National Resistance Army (NRA) comrade in vain. Political pundits argue that for the president to make such a ‘harvest’ in Besigye’s own backyard is a statement of triumph.
This news is damaging for the FDC party faithful as it comes weeks after a senior member of the party, Rtd Major Rubaramira Ruranga also crossed to the ruling party.