The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) Coordinator,
Gen. Mugisha Muntu has revealed that this time the opposition has got fertile
ground to defeat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with his NRM party come the 2021 elections if a strong alliance is formed.
Gen. Mugisha Muntu made the remark in an
interview with URN in Moroto town.
According to Gen. Muntu ousting president Museveni needs a united opposition without any disagreements.
He noted that his political party, the National Coalition for
Transformation will make the proposal to other political parties to discuss formation
of a coalition with the view of agreeing on a joint presidential candidate come
Muntu further suggested that if the Opposition members agree
on fronting one candidate, they will also agree on joint candidates for
parliamentary and local council elections.
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Opposition has on several occasions tried to form a coalition
but they end up splitting over disagreements. In 2008 opposition parties formed
the Inter-Party Cooperation Coalition among five opposition parties including Uganda
Peoples’ Congress –UPC, Forum for Democratic Change- FDC, Conservative Party-
CP and JEEMA and agreed to field a joint candidate to challenge president
Museveni. But their approach didnot work out as some parties eventually pulled out.
The FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi said he was not aware about the proposal but his party was open to discussions.
Gen. Muntu also expressed his disappointed that government has not
yet made the necessary reforms for a leveled ground.
He however said they (opposition and civil society) will
continue to pursue electoral reforms before the general elections.
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Parliament is yet to pass electoral reforms, which opposition leaders have often pushed for.