Competitions tend to bring the best and worst in contemporaries, but attaching the spy claim on Gen Mugisha Muntu will hurt FDC the most.
FDC adherents must stop labelling Muntu an NRM mole. Such labelling highlights the success of the propaganda machinery of the establishment to sow discord within the opposition. Gen Muntu is above the pettiness of spying for the NRM.
When FDC opened its doors for membership, it expected that the establishment would infiltrate its rank and file with informants. That is what a sitting regime does. There are many in there, but Gen Muntu is definitely not one of them.
We should know that negative words hurt when hurled at you, even if you ignore them. To reduce Muntu to such pettiness harms the party as it requires constant self-validating before the party supporters. Gen Muntu is not an ordinary citizen to start with.
His past and present engagements with the regime are not matters of secrecy, speculation or awe. Gen Muntu, like all those honchos in FDC, have their roots in the very system that they are now committed to dismantle. Those historical ties are both their fortunes and baggage to carry simultaneously.
FDC has held itself together in part because of the likes of Muntu who value the institution before individuals. This is a rare trait in the existing politics of Uganda. We have seen those who, because of strong tribal and inane sense of entitlement, hurriedly left FDC to nurse their ambitions elsewhere.
Those hopes to flourish quickly evaporated and now they have to constantly hug and massage the fingers of the tyrant for a living.
The lessons are visible: we can no longer build a tribal-based political party with a narrow ethnic-based mobilising ideology; more so, depending entirely on urban-based elites.
Let FDC embrace and trust Muntu fully, as a priceless asset! Those undemocratic elements aspiring for the ‘third-force’ politics, the ultra-hybrid politics of sitting on the fence, should try their luck.
Also, it is shameful for FDC MPs from Gen Muntu’s camp who have accused Dr Kizza Besigye of being a dictator, when, in essence, they themselves exhibit every trait of the same malady, including bad-loser culture. Such elements undermine the most vital aspect of their party structures, the election and transition processes.
Eng Patrick Amuriat should embody the physical presence of FDC, while Gen Muntu becomes the soul. One is a tactician, the other a strategist.
Enough room exists for both individuals. The party needs a leader with a finishing instinct, in as much as a philosopher to engineer the structures. Only through their combined efforts shall the structures materialise.
What is happening to Nakivubo stadium?
There is a sports journalist on one local radio station who I follow closely and he continues to appeal to Ugandans to save Nakivubo stadium. The man rarely finishes his one-hour program without throwing a jab of #saveNakivubo.
I was paying less attention to his campaign until recently when I escorted a relative who was going upcountry for a booking in one of the buses that parks at Kisenyi bus terminal.
As we reached St Balikunddembe market (Owino) near Nakivubo, my eyes were greeted to new concrete buildings. What used to be the pavilion of Nakivubo stadium has been turned into very many shops!
After seeing off my visitor, I tried to enter the stadium but I was stopped by an askari. I got curious and I peeped inside only to see that shops had encroached on most of the pitch’s space!
This encounter reminded me of the picture that made rounds on TVs and in print media where Hamis Kiggundu was showing a design to President Museveni about how he wanted to modernise the stadium. But it seems this young man’s objective is more about accumulating wealth than promoting sports.
President Museveni is surrounded by advisors and many ministers – specifically those in charge of education and sports.
We also have ministers in charge of Kampala. Do they bother to check whether the developers are still on track of building a stadium, and not shops?
FDC needs dialogue
It is not easy to accept a loss. Therefore, General Mugisha Muntu is right to be bitter after losing the FDC presidency to Eng Patrick Amuriat.
His work environment was toxic at times. The suspicions about him just couldn’t go away despite his best efforts. You can’t fault his opposition much for feeling the way they felt.
Where was Muntu during the walk-to-work efforts, for example? He seemed to have received soft treatment by regime operatives.
I saw a policeman salute him during one of his sojourns on the road while his colleagues were bundled like firewood onto pickup trucks and led to detention centres.
Going forward, and for the good of the party, there needs to be a clear-the-air conference. The party has to re-examine its objectives and goals and review its working relationships among members so that Eng Amuriat does not have to work in a similar environment.
Kenneth A. Kugonza,
I lost faith in 10th parliament
Today, the Ugandan parliament cannot conscientiously claim to be a representative of the ‘people’.
A government qualifies to be termed responsible when it is answerable and accountable to an elected ‘parliament’ and, through it, the ‘people’.
And this must be the reason why parliament is an arm of government that needs to be operational and serving the interests of the electorates, which is currently not the case in Uganda.
The tenth parliament started on a promising note but has since been on a regressive curve. I have always told fellow Ugandans that these MPs don’t care about us, but their selfish interests.
They get huge salaries, drive expensive cars and collect extensive allowances. None of them complains about that.
Now they recently fought in the House and destroyed public property. I wonder whether they will be told to pay for this or it is the taxpayers’ money that will suffer.
Ugandans have lost hope in this tenth parliament.