Aswa County legislator Reagan Okumu, has said former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is welcomed to join the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change despite past mistakes he made while serving the National Resistance Movement government.
Addressing the Press at his office in Gulu on Wednesday, the FDC coordinator for mobilisation and campaign in Northern Uganda, absolved Mbabazi of corruption scandals tagged against his name, arguing that he might have committed the act on the orders of the party chairman. Also due to pressures from within h the NRM party.
Okumu likened Mbabazi to the Biblical prodigal son, who has used most of his finances and has to decide on whether to “come back home.”
President Yoweri Museveni, also the NRM party chairman fired Mbabazi a month ago, following allegations that he was secretly using party structures to advance his presidential ambition and would eventually oust Museveni. Mbabazi vehemently denies the accusation.
He was last week boxed into forced leave by the party’s second top highest organ, Central Executive committee. His leave ends December 31, 2014.
The FDC party is largely formed of politicians who felt out with the current regime. Its President, Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu is one of Museveni’s longest serving army commander, while its former chairman Kizza Besigye, was Museveni personal physician, but also served in various ministerial position before he fell out with the system in 2000.