The election of Patrick Amuriat Oboi to the presidency of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change – FDC party has excited residents of Teso sub-region, where he hails from.
Oboi, the former Member of Parliament for Kumi County, trounced Maj. Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu, to emerge leader of the biggest opposition party in Uganda.
Muntu was seeking his second and final term as the president of the party.
Richard Otimoi, a resident of Eastern Ward in Soroti town was optimistic that Amuriat’s win shall rekindle the defiance strategy against the ruling NRM.
Harriet Among, an opposition supporter at Otucupii trading centre in Soroti town is optimistic that come 2021 e3lction, FDC party shall capture major leadership positions.
Similarly, Joseph Ogwang, 52 a resident of Kumi town believes Amuriat shall cause an enormous political change in the FDC party.
Describing Amuriat as a grass root oriented opposition mobiliser, Ogwang was optimistic that the leading opposition party shall by 2021 have critical support across the country.
He cautioned the new FDC leader against focusing only on defiance adding that he has a major challenge of rebuilding party structures.
Ogwang said that the ruling NRM party is strong in the countryside because its structure at the grassroots remains unshaken.
However, former Serere Woman MP Alice Alaso is not certain about how the defiance strategy being promoted by the Amuriat-led group shall boost FDC party grassroots support.