Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential flag bearer Patrick Amuriat Oboi has buttressed the need for ‘Opposition unity’ as Uganda heads for the 2021 general elections.
Speaking on Radio One’s ‘Spectrum’ Talk Show on Monday, Amuriat attempted to downplay the simmering tensions within the anti-regime political forces, pointing out that in-fights stand to reverse their gains.
For one, he rubbished assumptions that his political formation is working against the recently founded National Unity Platform (NUP) that seems to have claimed their space.
“Well, this could also be said about the Alliance for National Transformation led by General Mugisha Muntu which is also a new Party. You see Ugandans need to know; we have no reasons to compete against political parties in the opposition,” Amuriat dismissed.
“We do not have the ball neither do they. The ball is at the feet of Mr. Museveni and the junta. And this has been the case for 35 Years so for us, it’s wrong to compete amongst ourselves, we should be competing to tackle the person with the ball,” he added.
Since the 2016 polls, FDC has labored to reach out to its Opposition comrades amidst suspicion that this could be one of its so many techniques to expunge them form the political turf.
Earlier yesterday while unveiling his 284-member Presidential Campaign Team, Amuriat yet again underscored the need for cooperation as a way of subduing Government’s dirty tricks that saw NUP’s headquarters ransacked last week.
“The areas that forces of change have got to pay attention to include vote protection because therein, we have a common interest against the NRM that has cheated us all these years,” he said.
“The forces of change have got to come together in order to protect each other against physical attack by the NRM, this is a must. It is necessary that we fortify ourselves against attacks,” he stated further.
Concluding, he noted that last week’s raid on NUP’s Kamwokya seat was not an isolated incident citing the post-2016 elections armed forces raid on Najjanankumbi which saw Dr Kizza Besigye detained on treason charges.
“It is not the first time that this is happening to any political party, we have faced the brunt. You remember that immediately after the elections of 2016, there was a helicopter hovering over here with machine guns pointed at our headquarters,” Amuriat alluded.
In line with this, it is understood that FDC is mooting plans to throw its weight behind ‘friendly’ independents after a number of would-be FDC candidates were allegedly harassed from carrying the party flag at constituency level.
“We will be entering Memorandum of Understanding with individuals who will be running as independents while understanding our philosophy, ideology and mission so that we speak with the same wave length when Parliament convenes in June next year,” Amuriat hinted.
Official documents indicate that unlike before, FDC has managed to nominate 316 Parliamentary candidates out of a targeted 450.