A section of Members of Parliament have expressed mixed reactions after Gen. Mugisha Muntu's unveiled a new political group, The New Formation.
The former FDC party President unveiled the group on Thursday during a press conference at Hotel Africana.
In his address to Journalists at Hotel African, Muntu said that the New Formation was necessary after a nationwide consultation that concluded that there was need for separation from FDC due to internal differences.
FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala-Mafabi says that despite Muntu's decision, FDC was still strong and moving forward until they change leadership in the country.
“Muntu is free to do what he wants, if he believes that it is the way he will achieve what he wants, we wish him well. FDC is a strong party with conviction, that is why we formed a party in 2004 and the purpose is to take power and we are still waiting, we are still working, moving until we achieve that. We aren't leaving, those who want to leave can leave, we are now asking people to come and join us in that struggle,” Nandala said.
Asked what Muntu's New Formation means to the Opposition, Nandala just wondered what Muntu's interest is and why he had failed to achieve his intentions while serving as FDC President for five years.
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The Budadiri West MP expressed worry that the New Formation might collapse as soon as it begins.
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Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasimire welcomed Muntu's New Formation but cautioned him not to lose sight for the struggle that the country needs currently of a united opposition.
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Bungokho North MP Gershom Wambedde expressed disappointment with the developments in the FDC party. He explains that Muntu's action to leave is a big blow to the party and opposition.
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Ndorwa West MP Wilfred Niwagaba said that the Constitution allows anyone to form, join and allow any political party of their own choices.
“As an individual, I would love to see very few parties not very many parties. So unity in the existing parties would be paramount but if a person finds no political space in any of the political parties, it is his right,” he said.
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo commended Gen. Muntu's New Formation.
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Soroti Municipality MP Angelline Osegge supported the New Formation by Gen. Muntu describing it as healthy and a sign of growth.
She said that people should not get alarmed by the New Formation saying that it is a stage of political development.
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Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda cited a need for political parties to form a single platform saying that while the Constitution provides for a multi-party, in practice, Uganda is still fighting what he described as President Yoweri Museveni's dictatorship.