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Almost two months after taking office, FDC party leader, Major General Mugisha Muntu, has started meeting delegates all over the country as he seeks to restore consensus after the elections.
Muntu’s leadership has been marred by post-election disagreements since he took over from Dr Kizza Besigye on November 22 last year.
Till todate, the issues regarding electoral malpractice raised by Nandala Mafabi, the leader of Opposition in Parliament and one of the candidates who lost to Muntu, have not been resolved.
Wafula Oguttu, the party spokesperson reveals that the meetings, eight in total, will also involve top party officials including Alice Alaso, the secretary general and her deputies and chairpersons from all over the country.
Christopher Kibazanga, the FDC Presidential Secretary told URN on phone that today’s six-hour meeting was intended to create an agenda for the party for the next three years. He adds that since the elections were carried out close to the festive season, the meeting was pushed to today.
Gen. Muntu is also expected to meet the party treasury members, FDC Mayors in Mbale district, the youth and women leagues, local council five chairperson in Dokolo district, chairpersons and their secretaries in Mukono and the last one on February 7th with the FDC Parliamentary Caucus.
Muntu is also expected to chair his first management meeting tomorrow and the National Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
Oguttu says the main agenda for the meetings is to forge a way forward and make work plans for all party members.
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Some of the top party members who attended the meeting include Kamuli LC5 chairperson Salaamu Musumba for Eastern region, Prof Ogenga Latigo for the northern region, Yusuf Nsibambi for central region and Amanya Mushega for Western region.
Others were Augustine Ruzindana, Alaso and Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri.
The party is also expected to discuss its participation in the Butaleja parliamentary by-election following the death of the district woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.
It is at this same meeting on Tuesday that party lawyers, Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi and Wandera Ogalo will advise the members on the tenure of Muntu’s presidency. According to the FDC constitution, a party president is expected to hold office for five years. However, there is a question now on whether Muntu is serving out Besigye’s two years until 2014 or going for his own five-year term.