The opposition forum for democratic change, FDC is still reeling from the decision by Gen. Mugisha Muntu, the former party president who made a decision to call it quits.
Rtd. Maj. Gen. Muntu left with several other party members who shared his line of thinking that the party was going in the wrong direction after ignoring his calls to focus on supporting grassroots offices vs defiance.
His decision to walk out came after at least 9 months of consultations with party members. He would then move on to announce his New formation that was meant to officially register a party before Christmas, but such never came to be.
But while appearing on a local TV station (NBS) this morning, Patrick Amuriat Oboi said 2018 was a difficult year for FDC because they lost a number of party members including Muntu.
“We saw our comrades of many years leaving the party, we faced a lot of harassment from the Museveni regime, and our rallies were also broken. We also had the issue of the dialogue and we were misunderstood by some of our comrades” POA said.
He however was quick to point out that as a party, FDC has reorganized her people and today the party is good to go. “We are going to be up and running in 2019. We developed a strong feeling in us that we can do it, we have also filled up the gaps and now we ready to go.”
The party president is however skeptical that 2019 may be a tougher year for FDC as they operate under an abnormal atmosphere being threatened every time.
“Judging from the threats given by Mr. Museveni a few days ago, it is going to be tighter for us in 2019. Much as we would have loved to go across the country mobilizing our people, we are not being allowed. Our key business is going to be mobilizing our people to resist. We want a free country” Amuriat added.
He says new leaders emerging in the opposition should expect worse and be ready to fight. “Once you attempt to tackle a dictatorship, it is not going to lie down and watch, the dictatorship will react” POA adds.
On the issue of Bobi Wine, Amuriat said as a singer, the Kyadondo MP’s businesses were doing well, but harassment started when he joined active politics. He says this may as well be seen as political persecution.