Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Gen Mugisha Muntu has denied allegations that he is tearing apart the party he worked so hard to build.
General Muntu says he is poaching on FDC members and is not influencing any opposition members to leave.
Muntu who announced his resignation from FDC to help him create his own political party dubbed the new formation was this week criticised for weakening opposition by recruiting within the opposition instead of targeting the ruling National Resistance Movement party.
Several opposition leaders like former Leader of Opposition in parliament Philip Wafula Oguttu said decision by Muntu to create his own political party is disappointing.
“I have known and worked closely with Gen Muntu for many years. He is a comrade, a serious nationalist and a patriot,” Oguttu said.
He added: “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 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.”
Responding to criticism, Muntu said that his decision to part ways with FDC is well thought and is aimed at causing regime change in Uganda.
Muntu said, quoting former US President Abraham Lincoln, “With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”
General Muntu added that his decision to quit the FDC for a new political party was not his personal idea but representations of various voices.
“So, when it was reported that the party had different preferred strategies, was it assumed that it was just me on one side & everyone else on the other?,” he questioned.
“When we announced our departure did people assume it was just me? Let’s not pick fights where there are none.”
Gen Muntu’s New Formation is expected to be formally launched next month.