Defeated Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate and Leader of opposition in Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi, has accused the new party president, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, of receiving financial support from Uganda’s minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire of the ruling NRM.
Mafabi made these allegations in an eight-page petition he lodged with FDC Chairman Sam Njuba last week.
In the petition, Mafabi’s alleges that Titus Kisambira, an ‘aide’ to Otafiire, dished out money to party delegates who had gathered at Namboole Stadium on the election day and urged them to vote for Muntu.
“He [Kisambira] was seen giving out money to people, and promising that if they voted Gen Muntu, then his colleagues in NRM would join FDC,” the petition reads.
However the petition falls short of stating the amount of money Kisambira allegedly distributed, it gives the impression that Muntu’s team was in cahoots with some people in the NRM.
Justice Minister Otafiire has since distanced himself from allegations that he played a part in Muntu’s election, dismissing the allegations as wild.
“I know him [Kisambira] but he is not my assistant. He is a poor man who does not have money. He works at the Pan-African Movement where I happen to be the chairman,” Otafiire said.
Mugisha Muntu also said he did not know Kisambira and was not aware that money was used at the polling venue.
“For me, I was inside; I could not have known what took place outside. You can ask those in charge of security to get you more details,” Muntu said.
Mugisha Muntu became FDC’s new president replacing Rtd Col. Dr Kiiza Besigye when he defeated Mafabi by 33 votes during the November 22 election held at Namboole.
The two party stalwarts developed misunderstanding after the election with Mafabi accusing Muntu’s team of foul play with the latter denying any wrong doing. This election has left the party divided and efforts to reconcile the two have since hit a snag.