Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Patrick Oboi Amuriat has yesterday Friday made changes in the leadership of the opposition in parliament. Key names among those dropped are Winnie Kiiza who was replaced as Leader of Opposition with Gulu district Woman Member of Parliament Betty Aol Ochan and Bugweri member of parliament Abdu Katuntu who was replaced as COSASE chairperson with Mubarak Munyagwa.
Many Ugandans took on social media to show their displeasure at the removal of Kiiza who doubles as Kasese district Woman member of parliament.
Kiiza who was appointed in 2016 is credited by many within oppositions for providing good leadership to all opposition members. She is also credited for creating unity among different political parties in the opposition.
Sources within FDC told us that there was a plan to retain her in her position however she decided to keep a distance from party leaders preferring to work with former Party president General Mugisha Muntu who is currently on countrywide consultation seeking views of Ugandans on whether to form his own political party or remain in FDC.
Sources further added that she is always rumored to have secret visits to statehouse revealing party secrets to Museveni. This according to the source came to light during the time army invaded Rwenzururu kingdom and killed hundreds of people including women and children.
Sources at Najanakumbi added that instead of following up on the petition sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Kiiza in the company of Bukedea woman MP Anita Among delivered Kasese MPs to Museveni for a reconciliation meeting.
The recent loss of FDC in newly created municipalities election also aided her sacking as she accused of not doing enough during the campaign period to mobilize the supports for FDC candidates across the country.
It is also said that the upcoming by-election in Arua municipality also played a key role in her sacking as it created a lot of divisions within oppositions because those of Kiiza as LoP along with Muntu and other oppositions decided to back independent candidate Kasiano Wadri against official party candidate Bruce Musema.
FDC leadership blamed Kiiza and her group for going against the very rule they created barring party members against supporting an independent candidate.