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Muntu Starts FDC Presidential Campaigns in Iganga

Major General Gregory Mugisha Muntu has started his campaign for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidency in Busoga region.
Major General Gregory Mugisha Muntu has started his campaign for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidency in Busoga region.

Muntu, a former army commander who later joined the opposition FDC for which he has been national mobiliser, has begun his campaigns by holding consultative meetings the party leaders in Iganga district and drawing a map for how he will campaign in Busoga region this week.

He says he is going to hold group campaigns among the FDC members to explain to them what his manifesto is all about.

Livingstone Kizito, in charge of organizing Mugisha Muntu’s campaigns, says they are holding consultative meetings among party members to form campaign teams and find out underlying issues affecting them so that they can be addressed by Muntu.

He says the launch of the campaigns in Busoga region will take place on August 24, 2012 in Iganga town, where his candidate will officially launch his manifesto for the FDC party leadership.

Sulaiman Magumba, Iganga district FDC Chairman, says the campaigns have come in with a lot of challenges which will make the process very competitive.

The candidates need to address issues like promoting the party in rural areas, unity of party members and coming up with clear manifestos that will enable the FDC to win the 2016 elections. The party has lost to NRM twice in 2006 and 2011, while its out-going leader Kiiza Besigye also challenged President Yoweri Museveni in 2001.

Three candidates including Muntu, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and Geofrey Ekanya, the Tororo municipality Member of Parliament, are standing to replace Besigye.

Dan Mugarura, the FDC party returning officer, says all candidates will hold campaigns in different regions of the country in order to avoid conflict among their supporters.

He says the campaigns will go on for the next 100 days ending on November 22, 2012 when the new president will be elected at the party general assembly.

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