Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Mugisha Muntu has said he will release a final announcement regarding his association with the opposition party in ‘an hour or so’.
Muntu was speaking following a statement alleged to be from his handlers, citing that he has quit the party after a meeting with the party president, Patrick Oboi Amuriat.
The statement indicates that Muntu made the decision backed by results from his consultation process around the country and would give a full version of his announcement in a press conference in Kampala at a later date.
However, Muntu speaking to NBS, apologised to Amuriat claiming the statement was “carelessly released prematurely”.
“I would like to sincerely apologise, now for the rest of the communication, between one hour or two we shall send a message on the official twitter and Facebook accounts in the official way,” Muntu said.
After eight months of country-wide consultations, Muntu appears to have reached a decision to leave the party.
A meeting between him and the party’s leadership to inform them of this decision is underway at Fairway Hotel, The Nile Post can confirm.
In attendance is former party Secretary General Alice Alaso, party elder Sewava Serubiri and the newly elected Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri from Muntu’s side.
From the side of the party, the meeting is attended by party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Rubaga Division Mayor Joyce Sebugwawo former Party Administrator Wycliff Bakandonda, Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa and Wakiso party chairperson Caleb Muhanguzi.
Although the Muntu’s group had wanted Dr Kizza Besigye, the founding party president to be part of the meeting, sources say he refused.
Besigye, according to sources, wants to allow the party leadership to resolve the issues between the two warring factions without interfering.
“Besigye has said he is just an elder in the party like Ruzindana (Augustine) and Mushega (Amanya) so he doesn’t want to get involved at this stage,” a source has told The Nile Post.