Former Forum for Democratic Change President Kizza Besigye has stabbed his successor Gen .Mugisha Muntu in the back, saying he will struggle to lead the now split party.
Besigye revealed this during an exclusive interview with Red Pepper while he was responding to a question put to him on the current status of the party after a stormy meeting last Saturday in which two party bigwigs – Nandala Mafabi and Jack Sabiiti threatened to quit the party.
The meeting had been convened to reconcile all presidential camps but temperatures rose as members nearly strangled each other.
Mafabi accused the party secretary general, Alice Alaso, who was Muntu’s strategist, of voting seven times and manipulating the voting register.
The party resolved to set up a truth and reconciliation committee to help heal the rifts arising from the just-concluded acrimonious presidential elections.
Besigye blasted members who raised voices saying that instead of laying grounds of becoming examples as a party waiting to take power in 2016, they turned to ‘cannibalism’ which gives the NRM chance to divide them and rule.
“We should be examples.Biting each other won’t work. We are a government in waiting, therefore all eyes of Ugandans are on us,” he said.
When asked to assess his former boss in the army – Gen. Muntu’s performance as the president of the party, Besigye boldly said that he will take ages to put the party in line.
Besigye said it will also take long for the people of FDC to forget him as a president though they should now turn their eyes on the new leader and offer collaboration. “I implore them (FDC members) to offer Muntu support as the new president-elect,” he said.
Besigye added that Muntu will find a lot of difficulties to lead the party if he doesn’t use an iron fist.
However, Besigye said the party agreed to constitute a reconciliatory team of three elders led by Sam Njuba to heal the wounds arising from the concluded elections. He reiterated that if members are unable to execute their duties with precision, they must be laid off.
Reported By Nicholas Mwesigwa