Patrick Amuriat win excites Teso

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.

He polled 641 votes against Muntu's 463 in elections held at Mandela national stadium, Namboole. The other candidates in the race were activist Moses Byamugisha and Dan Matsiko.

Muntu was seeking his second and final term as the president of the party.

Many people in the sub region where the opposition has a strong footprint, believe that Oboi's win shall boost their grassroots support in the region.

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.

He cited the present cold and non-aggressive approach as the reason why FDC grassroots support is diminishing.

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.

She wondered why the party delegates opted to support defiance as opposed to Muntu's strategies of developing party structures, and empowering all the organs.


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