By Peter ssebulime
Najjanankumbi: The incumbent Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Rtd.Gen.Gregory Oyera Mugisha Muntu on Monday picked nomination forms to compete for the party’s upcoming election as its president for the 2nd and last term, if re-elected.
Muntu is the sixth person to show interest in the party’s top office when he picked the nomination forms,an exercise that kicked off on July 10th and will run up to August 12.
While addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Najjanakumbi on monday, Gen. Muntu noted that he picked his nomination forms and will be waiting for official Presidential nomination day to return his forms.
Muntu also used the occasion to officially hand over office as per the party’s constitution when going in for an election to deter members from using the influence of their incumbency in office.
In his address he said. “As from today I am delegating Hon. Alice Asianut Alaso for the period I will be out of office. I have picked nomination forms. I would like to thank the media for the coverage in my term.”
“There used to be speculation when I came in that, FDC was not going to last, but here we are, my term is done and the FDC is much more stable than before. We are here to build a party that will outlive us. It is difficult to change the direction of a country without changing the culture of our people. The challenge we have are leaders who say one thing and practice or do the other. This must come to an end. FDC is the only party so far where we compete at the top and we remain stable. We can’t give what we do not have. Turbulence simply shows you that you still have weaknesses but the most important is having mechanisms to resolve the disagreements that there may be. Am coming back for continuity, when we came in, we had a blank page.”
He also highlighted the need to handle the constitutional amendment about land, this will be among other issues he will focus on, sensitizing the people.
He noted that, if the rumor about age limit is true, then Uganda would be heading into a period of uncertainty.
The other candidates who have already picked nomination forms include Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa, Dan Malcolm Masiko, a party member, Lukubira Moses, a party member, Moses Byamugisha,former youth leader and Former MP Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
Muntu succeeded Rtd.Col.Dr.Kiiza Besigye who also served two terms but cut short his last term to contest for national presidency.