Speculation Of Division In FDC As Muntu, LoP ‘Boycott’ Besigye Homecoming
The conspicuous absence of opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party President, Mugisha Muntu and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) at Kizza Besigye’s homecoming has raised speculation about the relationship between the three.
Besigye, FDC’s former presidential candidate returned to Uganda on Monday even though the grand party that had been prepared for from Entebbe International Airport was halted after security operatives whisked him to his Kasangati residence.
Unfazed, his supporters went ahead and held the party at his residence. However, the party president Muntu and Winnie Kiiza, the LoP were missing.
“He is always absent when the Besigye momentum is up and this could be partly because the two have different approaches to how to take down the NRM government,” an FDC supporter who attended the Kasangati party told us.
During the campaigns for the post of FDC flag bearer, Muntu and Besigye sharply disagreed on what strategy they can use to depose the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. Whereas Muntu preferred building support from the grassroots, Besigye was in for a militant activism.
The absence of Muntu at the party also fueled speculation that the FDC is divided between those in favour of Besigye and Muntu.
However, to allay any fears, Besigye revealed during his Monday press briefing that all party faithful should rally behind Muntu.
“There is no other leader at FDC who is Gen. Mugisha Muntu and we all rally behind him,” Besigye said although some analysts believe he only mentioned it to trash speculators.
Since her appointment as LoP, Winnie who also doubles as Kasese Woman Member of Parliament (MP) has ‘kept a distance from Besigye,’ a source in the party told us.
“Besigye was not comfortable when she accepted to campaign for former Vice President, Specioza Wandira Kazibwe for the post of African Union Commission chairperson. Besigye felt that campaigning for a regime candidate was going against the principles of the struggle,” our FDC source intimated to us.
Winnie was part of those who traversed the continent in search for Kazibwe votes before the election in July was postponed. During her thanksgiving party held in Kasese district that was attended by Muntu, Besigye was absent.