27 November 2012

Uganda: Gen. Muntu to Lead for Two Years

The newly elected Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president, Maj Gen. Mugisha Muntu, is to lead the party for an interim term of two years.

Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala on Monday, the party spokesperson, Wafula Oguttu, said Muntu was elected to complete the two years of the former leader, Col. Kizza Besigye, who decided to quit leadership before the end of his term in 2014.

Besigye, who was elected in 2010, was supposed to serve till 2014.

"The delegates conference was an emergency to get someone to lead the party for the remaining two years of Besigye's term. We hope to elect a new president for the new term in 2014," Wafula said.

Muntu, a former army commander, emerged winner with 393 votes (50.5%), followed by his closest rival, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, who garnered 361 (46%) votes.

The other candidate, Geoffrey Ekanya, garnered 17 votes (2%) in the election which was held at Namboole Stadium last Thursday.

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