By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu has attacked former FDC Party President Gen. Mugisha Muntu for quitting the party and targeting its members in his recruitment drive.
Muntu last month announced his decision to leave the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), the party he co-founded and later led. Gen. Muntu declared a New Formation which he said would later translate into a political party, to be registered by end of the year.
During his time as FDC President, Muntu was always regarded as NRM mole working to fail the opposition party. This claim was clearly evidenced during last year’s party elections when big shots, including former party President Col Dr. Kizza Besigye rallied behind new kid on the block Patrick Amuriat to defeat Mugisha Muntu.
Having lost the FDC Presidency in November last year, Muntu embarked on countrywide consultations whose findings he says informed his decision to quit the party.
Since his departure, Muntu has attracted potential following from FDC which include among others, former Leader of Opposition in Parliament and Kasese Municipality Member of Parliament Winnie Kiiza and other party Legislators.
Last week, over 60 FDC party leaders in the Ankole sub-region crossed to Muntu’s New Formation, further deepening rivalry between the New Formation and FDC. Social media outbursts from both camps are raging.
The latest actor in this rivalry is former Bukooli Central Legislator and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu. In his social media post on Monday, Oguttu attacked Muntu for quitting FDC at a critical time and targeting the party in his recruitment drive.
“I have known and worked closely with Gen Muntu for many years. He is a comrade, a serious nationalist and a patriot,” Oguttu said.
“But his decision to leave FDC at this critical time in our efforts for national unity, although it is his right to do so and his targeting of FDC members for recruitment into his new Party so as to weaken it, as recent news from Ankole say, instead of going for the NRM big pond, is a big disappointment to me.
It was absolutely not necessary nor justified,” he added.
Muntu, known to be a covert operator and a firm believer in mobilization right from the grass root has since his departure from FDC been traversing the country in mobilization and member recruitment for his New Formation.
Analysts view Muntu’s departure as a major blow to not only FDC but the opposition in general. They say this battle in the opposition will be exploited by the ruling NRM to consolidate its grip onto power.