10 November 2013

Uganda: I Am Not an NRM Mole - Gen Muntu

Forum for Democratic Change President Mugisha Muntu has dismissed speculation that he could be a mole working in the interest of the ruling National Resistance Movement.

In a candid interview with The Observer, Maj Gen Muntu says such allegations are made by people who are incapable of analyzing issues. He says if he had wanted to wreck Uganda's leading opposition party, the last one year, which had been marred by infighting, would have presented him with a golden opportunity. Instead, he says, he has acted strongly and the party has emerged stronger.

Muntu's first year as party leader has been dogged by a row over whether he should serve for two years or five. Last week, a team of elders in the party said Muntu should serve for five years, meaning his tenure would end in 2017 and not next year.

In the interview, Muntu discusses the squabbles in his party and the recent defection of Maj Ruranga Rubaramira to the ruling party. Significantly, he refuses to condemn Rubaramira, describing FDC as a free party.

He talks about his relationship with President Museveni shortly before he joined the opposition, and why he rejected a ministerial offer from the president.

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