In his pursuit of change and the presidency, former Forum for Democratic Change president, Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu launched the Alliance for National Transformation [ANT], a new breakaway political party, at a colourful coming-of-age ceremony held at the Serena International Conference Centre in Kampala.
Muntu used the occasion to call out other Ugandans especially the middle-class to participate in politics if they are to get the change they yearn for. He also laid down the key election-year issues for his political party, which included good governance and accountability, health, education, land management, agriculture and, youth unemployment among others.
At the ceremony, the interim leadership of the new party was also unveiled. And not surprising majority of leaders were his former FDC compatriots. Here we profile the interim leaders of ANT who will hold office until the delegates’ conference next year that will elect office bearers for the next five years.
National Coordinator - Maj. Gen (Rtd) Gregory Mugisha Muntu Oyera
He is a retired major general who commanded the National Army for nine years. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly, the Parliament of Uganda and has represented Uganda in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). He also served as the secretary for mobilization and party president of the Forum for Democratic Change.
Deputy National Coordinator - Alaso Alice Asianut
She is a former woman Member of Parliament for Soroti and later Serere district, which she represented for 15 years. She is a teacher and social worker by profession. She was the secretary general for FDC for 10 years and later deputy president for Eastern Uganda.
Deputy National Coordinator Operations and Mobilization - Nyanja Musoke
He is a lecturer of development studies at Makerere University. Little is known about his political work before joining ANT.
National Spokesperson - Wilberforce Seryazi
He has kept a lower profile until he was unveiled. He is a lawyer and former parliamentary candidate for Entebbe municipality.
Deputy Spokesperson - Sulaiman Kakaire
He is an award-winning journalist who has previously worked with The Observer newspaper in Uganda. He is the winner of the prestigious David Astor Journalism Award (2014) and the Uganda National Journalism Awards in the categories of best reporting on politics; national news; Justice, Law and Order sector.
He is also a legal consultant on media law and regulation at Legal Brains Trust (LBT), a Uganda human rights watchdog NGO. He holds two degrees from Makerere University and a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Journalism and Communication at Makerere University.
National Treasurer - Abia Christine Bako
She is a former Woman Member of Parliament for Arua, a West Nile district she represented in the 9th Parliament on the FDC ticket.
Research and Policy - Martin Okumu
He is a former Oyam North member of parliament. He has a master’s degree in International Relations & Diplomatic Studies, a Mass Communication degree of Makerere University and diploma in Journalism from UMI.
He worked at Radio Uganda, New Vision newspaper, Inspectorate of Government (IGG), Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) I and II Projects, European Union Delegation Kampala, Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Consultant for International Trade Centre-UN. He was also the chairman, Board of Directors, Transparency International, Uganda Chapter.
National Women Coordinator - Ambassador Edith Ssempala
She is a civil engineer by profession. She worked as a Quality Controller at Rifa Electronics Stockholm, Sweden. She is the former Ugandan ambassador to the Nordic Countries, based in Copenhagen, Ambassador to the USA, Ambassador to Ethiopia & Djibouti, Director /Senior Advisor on International Affairs, the World Bank and a Permanent Representative to the African Union and member of the Peace and Security Council of the AU.
She was also appointed by the UN Secretary General as member of a Group of Experts to review the UN Peace Building Architecture. She was a key promoter of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s failed presidential bid.
Coordinator Parliamentary Affairs - Florence Ibi Ekwau
She is a former FDC woman MP for Kaberamaido district in the 9th parliament. She narrowly lost her bid to become one of the 10 MPs representing Uganda in the East African Legislative Assembly.
Coordinator International Affairs - Barbara Aliimadi
She is a relative of former Prime Minister Otema Aliimadi and a vocal FDC activist.
Electoral Coordinator - Dan Mugarura
He is a former FDC Electoral Commission boss. He was in the job for 10 years.
Coordinator for Civil Society - Prossy Naikoba
She is a banker by profession, a former national treasurer for FDC women league and FDC deputy secretary for industry. She holds a BA with Education, postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Institutional management and Leadership (UMI).
Coordinator Bunyoro region - Sheikh Muhammad Ausi Katuramu
Holds a master’s degree in Religious Affairs and Philosophy from Makerere University. He is also the former Secretary for Ethics, Culture and Religious Affairs in the FDC. He was the district Kadhi Bunyoro District (1987-1990).
Wandera Ogallo, Muniini Mulera, Yokasi Bihande; former MP and husband to MP Winnie Kiiza are party elders.
Other notable former FDC officials that are allied to Muntu include; former Mengo minister Ssewava Sserubiri who is the central region coordinator, Hamida Nassimbwa, women coordinator Kampala metropolitan, Nyakato Rusoke, coordinator Tooro, Zanubia Namutamba, coordinator Bugisu.
Other leaders include; Phoebe Ochan, coordinator northern Uganda, Hannington Basakana, coordinator eastern Uganda and Jackson Wabyona, coordinator western Uganda and Abubaker Matanda is the national youth coordinator.