Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga, the chairperson of the task force for the leader of opposition in Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi's campaign for the FDC party presidency, has refuted claims that the campaigns had turned tribal.
"These campaigns are not aimed at sharing power by regions or on grounds of friendship but we want something which is measurable, we are looking for a person to stand in the long feet of Dr. Kizza Besigye," he said.
Nandala is among the three candidates in the ongoing campaigns for the Forum for Democratic Change party presidency whose election is set for next month.
Others in the race are FDC organizing secretary and former army commander Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu and Geoffrey Ekanya the Tororo municipality MP who is also the opposition shadow minister for finance.
"I only feel that I can't miss what Nandala has to offer for the party as a former consultant with the World Bank, an accountant, statistician and leader of opposition who has also put pressure against corrupt Government officials," Rubaramira explained.
This was during a meeting with the FDC party delegates from Jinja held in Kakindu stadium in Jinja town on Thursday.
Rubaramira urged Ugandans to change their mindset of thinking that the country can only be led by a soldier and that when they went to the bush, their intention was to bring power into the hands of civilians, the thing he said has not been adhered to.
"The work of the army depends on command and order from above, there is no negotiation yet democracy is all about negotiation and consultation which is not the case in countries where leaders are soldiers," he stressed.
"I am turning 65 years, we need a leader who can lift FDC and that is why I chose to campaign for Nandala. Since Uganda came into existence, eastern has not got any leader, he has the credentials, don't you have brains, there is no friendship in this," he said.
He denied allegations that he referred Mugisha Muntu as a mole and challenged anyone with evidence to come up.
"Muntu is not a mole, the NRM people are calling us to vote for Muntu but they should back off our party because we have challenged them," Rubaramira said.
Nandala said FDC should not be a party that features only during elections.
He said this has led to the party losing in elections at various lavels, citing the Usuk county recent by-election that was won by NRM's Proscovia Alengot Oromait.
Nandala stressed that to keep the party on board, there is need to improve both on communication and mobilization, adding that this will also reduce conflicts among the members.
"FDC mainly surfaces during general elections and this has caused conflicts among us. Mobilization should be a continuous process if the party is to be felt and recognized right from the grass root to international level," he said.
Nandala said the only alternative to improve on communication is by availing computers connected to the internet in all district party offices and also provide district chairpersons with motorcycles to carry out mobilization.
He said if the party can convene a delegate's conference at a budget of sh700m then he can also mobilize resources from party members to buy computers and motorcycles to sustain party activities.
Nandala who likened himself to sugar which can be licked, put in tea or juice, vowed to dedicate much of his time to party activities so that it captures power come 2016.