11 December 2012

Uganda: FDC to Revisit Oil Laws - Muntu

THE Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is to revisit all the Oil laws which have been passed without the consent the country's Legislative Assembly.

Addressing journalists at the party's weekly press briefing at the party headquarters yesterday, the party president Maj Gen. Mugisha Muntu said Oil is an important resource which needs to be well managed with transparency.

"Only the decisions made by Parliament can lead us to success but if they continue to be undermined then we are heading for danger. Oil can be a blessing or a curse depending on the kind of laws passed and how it is going to be managed," he noted.

Muntu said all Oil laws will be revised in 2016, when he hopes FDC will assume power to make sure there is transparency in the way the sector is managed.

He stressed that currently the opposition once combined, cannot have a significant number in Parliament to get through good policies.

"I was not surprised when the law was passed. This country has been operating on a culture of manipulation, deception and selfishness since 1982. We need to change this kind of culture to learn working for a common good. The same problem is in our opposition institutions and we need to change this trend of leadership," he noted.

He said the opposition can do nothing to change the situation of the country unless they reorganize themselves internally and work with other actors like Civil Society and the local people to build a durable government.

"We have to work on changing the culture of deception and selfishness to save our parties. That's what we trying to build in FDC. We want transparency in everything. We need functioning and firm systems in place for better service delivery in the country,"Muntu noted.

He stressed that the ultimate solution to bad policies in the Oil sector and rampant corruption in the country is to remove the current regime in 2016 national elections.

Muntu said they are working 24/7 to build a strong unified formidable party, trusted by the voters. He added that the manner in which people vote influences how the country is governed.

"People need to know that what they saw is what they reap. The power lies in the hands of the local people who vote. We want to rebrand our party so that more people join at their own wish. We don't want them to join because they are frustrated but after seeing the idea for our existence," he noted.

About the deepening rift in the party, Muntu said he was not ready to engage in any fight with anyone, but use the right platforms to handle matters transparently with the aggrieved group.

He said the party has not yet received any formal petition from the dissatisfied group but will continue investigating the matters through formal gatherings.

"You can tell the strength of an organisation by the way it handles things. We want to handle matters in an open handed manner," he said.

Muntu said they are going to carry out a formal review on the party's presidential elections and progress of the party for the past years by an independent committee. He it will help them to check their weaknesses and strength for a way forward.

The party is to hold another meeting today (Wednesday) to discuss several issues.

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