By Yosam Gucwaki
Executive members of opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party in Masindi district have reportedly defected to Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party.
This was revealed by Sheikh Ausi Muhamad Katuramu, the former National Executive Committee (NEC) member of FDC and one of the coordinators of ANT party in Bunyoro region during a press conference held at Da Venue hotel in Masindi town on Monday evening.
ANT is a newly formed opposition party that is led by Retired Major General MugisaMuntu, one of the founders of FDC party and was launched last week in Kampala.
Katuramu also claimed that all the members of the district party executive in Masindi district have defected from FDC except the general secretary Moses Tugume and elected leaders who are barred from crossing to another parties by law.
He however added that all the elected leaders including Members of Parliament will join the new party towards 2021 elections.
Katuramu cited personalization of FDC party and clinging onto power by its former president retired Col Kiiza Besigye plus his strategies that he said have failed the party from taking over the country’s leadership from Museveni as the reasons for their defection from FDC party.
He added that they also disagreed with Besigye over defiance as a strategy of causing regime change he promote in preference for Muntu’s peaceful strategy of creating strong party structures that will market the party to the masses and protect its votes from being rigged during elections.
Sheikh Katuramu revealed that ANT’s interim leadership has embarked on marketing the new party ideologies to Ugandans in preparation for the next elections but clarified that the new party is willing and ready to cooperate with FDC and other opposition parties to cause a peaceful regime change in Uganda.
When asked where the new party would get money to run its activities, Sheikh Katuramu revealed that the party expects to raise money from its members through buying party cards at 3000 shillings.
Sheikh Katuramu was flanked by FDC party chairperson in Masindi district Isaac Kanyamu who also announced his defection from the party.
On his side, Kanyamu who has been in the party for 15 years and headed it for over ten years cited what he called Besigye’s dictatorship and greed for power as the cause for his defection from his old party.
Kanyamu described Muntu, the leader of this new party as a democratic and able person with the capacity to lead the party into power.
Joab Businge, the Mayor Masindi Municipality who is also a member of FDC party declined to comment on the matter promising to do so later but Isaac Bongomin, the FDC party secretary general in Masindi municipality insisted that he is still a member and leader who was elected on FDC party ticket.
However Bongomin who is the councilor for Kijura at Masindi central division on FDC ticket noted that parties differ in ideologies adding members are free to leave and join parties of their choice but maintained that FDC is still a strong party in Uganda.
He revealed that he was planning to talk to Moses Tugume, the party general secretary in the district to organize elections to fill the vacant positions on the party leadership in the district.
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