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Gen. Muntu seeks to build political culture

However, Salamu Musumba the party Vice President says the party is still struggling with its internal wrangles which need to be resolved before the presidential elections take place.
04 Aug 2012 08:55

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The biggest problem Uganda is currently facing is political leaders failing to set up a strong political culture. 

Forum for Democratic Change Presidential aspirant Gen. Mugisha Muntu says some leaders focus on changing faces and not building a strong system and have a thrust towards changing the political culture in the country. 

Muntu is one of the top contenders for the party’s leadership. Others are Nandala Mafabi, the leader of opposition, and Tororo Municipality MP Godfrey Ekanya. 

The FDC secretary for mobilization says apart from being a competition, the nomination process should be a basis to build a strong democratic practice in the party. 

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This is the third time that the party is going to elect a president.  

Muntu is confident that there will be no internal wrangles to disorganize the process. He argues that with emphasis on values in leadership, the party will get positive headways which values he will stamp once he takes over power. 

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However, Salamu Musumba the party Vice President says the party is still struggling with its internal wrangles which need to be resolved before the presidential elections take place. 

She adds that she is going to keep a keen eye on any irregularities during the process. Musumba says both Muntu and Mafabi should be treated with honour and respect. 

Musumba who was beaten in the internal East African Legislative Assembly elections says the party has not yet healed and resolved the issues that marred the process. According to her there were several cases of bribery and inconsistencies in the voting by proxy process among other irregularities. 

She also encourages female members of the party to contest for the presidential seat but says her time has not come yet. However, Ugandans should not count her out of contesting for a top office. 

She vows to make public any member of the party who will disorganize the electoral process for the presidential candidates. 

Dr. Kiiza Besigye, who is ending his tenure as the party President after seven years, is confident the party will get a great leader who will be able to handle the challenges facing Uganda. 

Nominations will be conducted on the 10th and 11 of August. Candidates will then present their programmes and have them synchronised by the party electoral commission Chairman Dan Mugarura before campaigns kick off. 

The elections will be held in November 22 during the delegates’ conference after the national council meeting which is set for 25th September. 

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