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Opposition Forces Need to Unite against a Common Foe – FDC’s Amuriat

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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.



Source – chimpreports.com

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Nobert Mao Denounces Violence, Calls for Peaceful Transition of Power

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Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party (DP) presidential candidate has denounced violence and pleaded for a peaceful transition of power in Uganda.

Mao said that all voters should stand against the violence that leads to bloodshed and instead embrace a peaceful transition of government from the current leadership of Uganda to a new leadership through the ballots.

He noted that Uganda has not undergone a peaceful handover of power since the overthrow of the governments of Milton Obote and Iddi Amin Dada by coups which led to consequence toppling of power by the National Resistance Army (NRA), now the National Resistance Movement-NRM led by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

‘’The reason for this election is to see that Uganda witnesses what it has never witnessed before and that is a change of government without bloodshed,’’ Mao noted.

Mao made the statements during his two separate campaigns in Ongako and Palenga town council all in Omoro district on Wednesday.

His statements come at a time when Uganda is witnessing a wave of deadly violence and protests by people loyal to opposition parties and against the ruling NRM government.

Last week, Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) announced that the opposition would go for ‘’Plan B’’ if the election fails.

Last week police reported that more than 40 people were killed, scores injured and more than 300 arrested following protests against the arrest of presidential hopefuls Robert Kyagulanyi and Patrick Oboi Amuriat of the National Unity Platform and Forum for Democratic Change parties respectively.

Lawrence Okidi, an elder from Palenga town council praised Mao for typically living as a true leader of the Democratic Party who believes in a peaceful transition of power.

Betty Kilama, a voter and contender in Omoro district noted that Mao’s love for peace, intelligence and competence makes him deem to be elected the President of Uganda.

Talking about his manifestos, Mao said that he will improve electricity, roads, education in the northern region and also ensure compensation of those who lost their properties to the government.

Mao is seeking election for presidency alongside ten other candidates.

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I Withdrew to Protect My Supporters, Public from Chaos – Muntu Speaks Out on Foiled Kamwenge Rally

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The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Gregory Muntu has finally opened up on why the police foiled his Kamwenge campaign rally and the reason why he chose to “peacefully withdraw.”

Since the commencement of the campaigns on November 9, Muntu and President Museveni have been known to be the most peaceful candidates, abiding by the set guidelines for conducting campaigns, however, it wasn’t business as usual today in Kamwenge where Police foiled his rally.

His policy, as he has been and continues to preach, is using non-violent and radical means of changing the country leadership as opposed to ‘defiance’ that is always applied by his fellow opposition presidential candidates.

In a statement that he released shortly after the blockade, Muntu admitted that it was their foul for trying to change the campaign venue, after the heavy rains destroyed the initial one.

“As we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people in the venue we had earlier in a week before agreed upon with the security agencies. No one anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or people to access,” he noted.

“After identifying an alternative place only 100 meters away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police,” he added.

He noted that since ANT’s policy is to be reasonable even during unreasonable actions on the side of the state, they engaged police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner with an intention of denying police any chance for injuring his supporters or the general public including himself (Muntu).

Muntu’s campaign meeting was foiled over change of venue.

“They not only intended to frustrate us, but also cause us to act in the ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on,” he said.

“While we are confident that we are on the right side of both law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation,” he added.

Muntu vowed that his ANT will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of his campaign.

He truth remains, the regime’s days are numbered,” he said.



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Amuriat’s Team Involved in Car Accident, Two Dead

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Two people belonging to the Forum For Democratic Change – FDC Presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat’s campaign team have died on spot after their car was involved in an accident.

The two were part of a team that was travelling on a truck carrying the Presidential Candidate’s Public Address system.

The truck plunged into a valet at Panyamur hill leaving two dead and 15 nursing serious injuries.

 “It is something that has hit us very hard,” Amuriat said.

“We have taken a decision to suspend the campaigns and deal with the causalities while we sympathise and stand with those families that lost their loved ones,” he added.

Amuriat and his FDC team have been combing Northern Uganda for votes as according to the electoral road map issued by the electoral commission.

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