Saturday 28th July 2018
The cold war between opposition Justice Forum (JEEMA) and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is not dying with the last yesterday’s election in Bugiri Municipality, despite the former’s hard earned victory.
The election which seemed to drive a wedge between the two opposition parties is also threatening a long lasting blemish on the image and dependability of FDC strongman Col Dr Kizza Besigye.
Besigye was expected to offer support to JEEMA’s Asuman Basalirwa, who stood in trenches with him and actively engaged in legal battles on his behalf following the later pleading multiple times with FDC for support in the Bugiri election but the party insisted on fronting their own candidate Eunice Namatende in the race.
Besigye for instance was at one point heard telling voters that Basalirwa’s election to Parliament would have no impact because parliament already has many opposition lawyers, but all have failed to cause government accountability.
The FDC Deputy Secretary General, Harold Kaija was during one of the campaigns quoted stating that other political parties are inconsequential, so much so that if someone doesn’t vote for FDC, they are better off voting for NRM.
The Jeema camp also fired back, accusing the FDC camp of greed.
The ping pong continued up to the Election Day, which ended in a big success for Jeema and an embarrassment for the FDC candidate who trailed in 3rd position.
Col Besigye, the FDC party and other party members rushed to social media to congratulate Jeema, but apparently not quite satisfactorily according to Jeema.
“Dr Besigye’s congratulatory message to Asuman Basalirwa is pretense, why ask someone you previously said he is going to do nothing in parliament to unite people? Enough is enough,” noted Kyamundu Sentongo the JEEMA Spokesperson in social media post.
Another JEEMA supporter added that it would take an insane person to work again with Besigye who has portrayed that he no longer needs them.
“We have woken up, Besigye is a liability to Opposition politics.”
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website