Patrick Amuriat, the FDC presidential candidate has said his presidency will concentrate on building structures that will further the defiance campaign.
Making his pitch before thousands of delegates at Namboole stadium today, Amuriat said his first act as president will be to reclaim Dr Kizza Besigye’s victory, allegedly stolen after the 2016 elections.
“I plead to FDC to vote for a leader who acts. Vote POA for leadership with Action.”
He said: “Some people think that we must massage the dictator. the dictator needs to be pushed. I want you to prepare for this struggles.”
Amuriat faces stiff comeptition from the incumbent, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, whose moderate style of leadership has been lauded and criticised in equal measure.
He said time for putting on neck ties and suits is over since he is going to be in the trenches.
He said FDC is a divided party where there is “alot of pushing and pulling, where when one of you falls, the others laugh.”
In an energetic speech, Amuriat said his presidency will not wait for an election before it mobilises the people at the grassroots.
“I feel very uncomfortable when most of the time of our leaders is spent at the headquarters,” he said.
Amuriat said he will financially empower members by spearheading the formation of SACCOs.
He said he will set up a leadership academy dmy to nurture new leaders and build a commercial building to raise money for the party.
He said he will identify political candidates for the various places early enough from the grassroots
Amuriat said he will promote youth and women leadership. Ssebugwawo, the party deputy president who said he was a vastly experienced politician.
Amuriat started his speech by paying homage to Dr Kizza Besigye, whom he referred to as “my political mentor.”