By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Some members of the public and Opposition supporters have described FDC’s ultimatum to pro-Muntu officials as a panicky move which could plunge the party into more problems.
On Monday, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party gave a two week ultimatum for leaders and party officials at all levels to declare their membership in writing.
“This is to request all party leaders and elected officials on the party mandate to indicate to the party in writing whether they are still members of the Forum for Democratic Change within fourteen (14) days. Non response will be treated as renouncement of membership,” wrote the Party’s Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi in his October 1 letter.
Mafabi argued that the party’s former President Mugisha Muntu had officially informed FDC renouncing membership in favour of “New Formation” in preparation for a new political party and that some other members of the party had expressed intentions of pursuing alternative political directions.
“Following these political events in the party, it has been decided to undertake a membership audit at all leadership and elective levels,” he said.
Since the letter was issued on Monday, a number of party supporters have taken to social media to express their feelings, many of them blamed the party for acting in panic following departure of the former President and founding member Maj. Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu.
“I can see when people start acting in a panic mood they make serious mistakes. Am seeing people taking this party to court after this exodus,” wrote one Shafic Nyangabyaki Muhumuza on his Facebook wall in response to Mafabi’s letter.
Others people are wondering if the opposition party won’t have any members in case no one responds to the new directive.
“I have read the contents of the letter. My opinion is that if FDC does not get any response also from Nandala, then it will have no membership,” said one Peter Ssetimba on facebook.
Last week, Mugisha Muntu announced he had quit FDC following several months of countrywide consultation which he launched after losing re-election to the party’s Presidency last November.
The former Army Commander announced he had left FDC after what he called irreconcilable ideologies. Muntu cherished the ideology of building party structures at different levels as opposed to the other section headed by former party President Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye that subscribes to the defiance ideology.