By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Former Forum for Democratic Change President Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu has announced his decision to leave the party with immediate effect.
In a statement, Gen Muntu, without revealing the details says he had reached the decision following his national consultations with several leaders.
His quitting was only a matter of time as he had earlier hinted his intentions after the recent party elections in which he lost to Patrick Amuriat. Gen Muntu said then that he would not hesitate to leave the party if the internal conflicts are not solved.
“I hereby would like to inform the country of our decision to leave the FDC with immediate effect. We shall be holding a press conference on Thursday to discuss this and our future plans in detail,” Muntu said in a statement this afternoon (Tuesday).
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. This has now come to pass.
ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze tweeted that although he has no business with the internal politics of the FDC, he respects Muntu’s decision to leave.
“Though I have no business with @FDCOfficial1 internal politics, I respect Gen @mugishamuntu our disagreements notwithstanding for rejecting comedy & political theatrics. The political class must reject diversionary politics of hooliganism. Let's contest on ideas & keep it civil,” Tumwebaze said.
Gen Muntu later released another statement saying the above was erroneously shared.
"I've always been a firm believer in following one's principles. One such principle is honesty. Today, one of our team members erroneously and prematurely released a draft statement to the public. I apologise for that. Please find attached, our official position," said Gen Muntu. Read on below.