By James Bariyo
MBARARA. Over 61 Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders in Ankole Sub Region have crossed to Gen. Mugisha Muntu’s ‘New Formation’ political group.
Addressing a press conference at Freedom Gardens in Mbarara district on Friday, the group headed by Mrs. Maryfrancis Kabateraine, openly announced its official exit from FDC to join the ‘New Formation’ group.
These leaders include; Rtd Maj. John Kazoora (FDC Secretary for Mobilization, information and publicity), Daniel Kafureeka (FDC Gen Secretary Mbarara district), Mweteise Bintabara (FDC Chairperson Kiruhura district), Sedrack Atuhaire (FDC Chairperson Kashongi), Kashaki Sadat (FDC Youth leader Bukanga), among others.
“With effect from today, we have officially resigned our leadership positions in the FDC party and have also ceased from being FDC members,” Ms. Kabateraine said in a press conference adding, “We officially declare that we will be part of the 'New Formation'."
Mweteise Bintabara, FDC Chairperson Kiruhura district said, “We have been in the party fighting each other because of different strategies; Muntu believed in development while Amuriat believed in defiance and for us we are not comfortable with Amuriat."
He added that they cannot continue flagging a candidate who has lost for three terms in the presidential bid.
They opened the ‘New Formation’ offices in Mbarara town along Akiki-Nyabongo road.
Gen Muntu last month announced that he and his colleagues had quit the FDC, to the disarray of the current president Patrick Amuriat.
After his announcement, Gen Muntu addressed a press conference together with his colleagues with whom they had quit the party over what they call intolerance.
Muntu who believed in building party structures from the grassroots as opposed to the defiance ideology treasured by his predecessor Col Kizza Besigye and others, in January this year launched a countrywide consultative campaign which many saw as his move to quit FDC.
Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu announced he will be launching his new political party by December 25, 2018.