Well, let’s be clear, I wish all opposition a good journey, a safe journey and hopefully a blessed life. However, there are something rare about this Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, how he is allowed to operate without any clear indication or interference from the authorities. Because if Besigye or Bobi Wine does what he does, they are either behind bars or their gear is destroyed. There will be tear-gas and the authorities will hurt the activists.
While, Kizza Besigye and Bobi Wine are retaliated against, the acts of Muntu just walks away without any heartache or pain, he can just continue his existence and is allowed to do so. Without any of the consequences, even Amama Mbabazi went through the fire and felt the punishment of the NRM, when he started the Go Forward in 2015 before the 2016 General Election.
What is more weird is the brigade of Members of Parliament that joins the New Formation. AS they might risk their seats or even their standing in own parties. The independents has nothing to lose. The NRM have been anti Age-Limit and are considered rebels, who are in hot-water anyways. Therefore, they are just configuring another journey, hoping for a new home.
From the Forum for Democratic Change, these MPs:
Elijah Okupa, Paul Mwiru, Herbert Ariko and Angeline Osegge.
From the National Resistance Movment (NRM):
Gaffa Mbwatekamwa and John Baptist Nambeshe.
From the Independent MPs, these MPs:
Anna Adeke and Gerald Karuhanga.
The ones that strike me and is weird to me, is that Paul Mwiru who has had such a standing and support from the FDC. Could so easily support Muntu and his new party. That Elijah Okupa, who is in his fourth term as MP for FDC. As he was displeased with the reshuffle of the shadow government with the FDC. Therefore, we knew he could bail and has shown it now.
Paul Mwiru, who has been elected since the 2011 General Election in Jinja, have now also decided to leave the FDC. The two term MP and recently won the By-Election in Jinja East, are clearly sending signs of being disgruntled in the party. His been into turmoil and been part of the MPs whose been charged after the Arua By-Election in August 2018. Therefore, we can wonder why he switches sides and are in favour of Muntu.
Herbert Ariko on the other hand is been called a liberal FDC MP from Soroti, however, he has said rapist should be shot by firing squad. So, who knows what his stances are and what politically motivates him, as he has been anti Social Media Tax. But who knows, why he goes to this extent.
Angeline Osegge, is the Soroti Woman MP, but also the National Treasurer of the FDC. Who knows what her concern is in this manner, or just political opportunities. She got suspended over the age-limit in Parliament during the 2017.
That is just the ones from the FDC. The NRM MPs are rebels against the Age Limit too. Who is now seeking a home. That the independents are finding a home is interesting, as the Anna Adeke is the Youth MP, who formed a Youth Pressure Group in 2017, as she worked against the Age Limit too and wanted something countering the NRM Youth League.
While Gerald Karuhanga is a part of the group of MPs who was detained after the Arua By-Election in August 2018. He was also against the Age-Limit, and even returned the 29 million shillings for consultation money. Therefore, he has been a vocal critic and part of the Parliament for two terms now. Therefore, he has knowledge too. Now finding a home apparently.
What is striking about the list is the youthfulness or the disgruntled, the rebels and the ones who are in the fringes. As Muntu tries to establish himself as a moderate to the Defiance Campaign and the Civil Disobedience of the FDC. Still, he made sure and ensured that while he was the head of the party there, until POA won over him.
What we can wonder, is how come he is allowed to introduce his plans and his party without any sort of reactions or twists from the NRM or even the Police? They usually appear out of nowhere and crashes the party.
We will not know before Christmas what all of this means, but he is trying to spin-it, like he is the difference from the defiance, than you’re the compliance of the state? What makes you significant and what is your message?
Gen. Muntu, why are you not releasing the report of the Consultations taken from November until now? Why? Are you afraid of the people looking into the activity and what that has presented? Doesn’t it fit your narrative and your spin? Because you have to look like the golden goose when leaving?
There are many questions, but like always, the consequence is that Muntu can walk away and it doesn’t cost. Some of his allies and supporters, even the MPs has been in dire need; it has costed them to stand against the dictatorship. However, it has not costed Muntu much of yet. We can wonder if the New Formation will make a difference or just be his flagship. Now, he will build on his own. He will be either Builder Bob or the lackie who’s too important to lead, but the honourable who everyone is supposed to listen too. Peace.