A top Democratic Party (DP) official has criticized FDC party president Major General Mugisha Muntu, for dropping Nandala Mafabi as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.
Last week, Muntu, who has been party president since November 2012, made changes dropping Mafabi as Leader of Opposition and replacing him with Wafula Oguttu.
Also replaced was Kasese Woman MP whose position of Opposition Chief Whip was given to Cecilia Ogwal.
But Yusuf Mutembuli, the DP Vice Chairman for Eastern Region, calls Muntu’s action as a mess which will seriously cost not only the FDC party but the general opposition in the country.
Mutembuli argues that once the FDC party which has majority members in parliament gets disorganized as is the case now, other opposition parties will suffer.
Mutembuli says although he recognizes Bukhooli MP Wafula Oguttu as a performer in politics, his style of management is too gentle to handle his new position as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament.
Mutembuli, who is a known Mbale based lawyer, also contested in the last parliamentary elections in Bunyole West in Butaleja but lost to NRM’s Emmanuel Dombo.
He says Muntu’s action left other opposition parties with a question of whether he is an NRM mole planted in FDC to disorganize the opposition parties ahead of the 2016 general election.
He told a media conference in Mbale this afternoon that the sacking of Mafabi has discouraged other parties from joining the planned inter-party coalition.
He says despite Mafabi’s other weaknesses, he was a more competent person for the position of Leader of Opposition in parliament compared to his successor Wafula Oguttu.
Mutembuli says other opposition members found it easy to work with Mafabi and he would consult a lot with other opposition members before taking a decision on matters of national interest something he doubts Oguttu would do.
He says the recent changes by Muntu have further dented chances of the opposition to take over power in 2016.