We can easily see that the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is challenged by National Unity Platform (NUP). That is why the FDC is attacking the means and the ways the NUP operates. The FDC without Dr. Kizza Besigye is lacking its edge. It is a blessing for the NUP.
Yes, using Besigye for the firth time as a Presidential Candidate would make him a automatically a “sole candidate” and make him no different then the President himself. If he he did stand, he would be in the same light and have same sort of actions. Therefore, him bowing to the side showed maturity and I admire that.
However, Besigye on the sideline with his ‘Plan B’ has shown that the FDC lacks certain fire-power. The FDC needs the like him to boost public confidence. Wassawa Birigwa and Patrick Oboi Amuriat doesn’t have the swagger. Neither does Nathan Nandala-Mafabi or Ibrahim Semujju Naganda. They are all honourable gentlemen in their ways, but cannot muster a revolution.
This is why the FDC looks weak. Not that they are missing the ones who has gone to the NUP or Alliance for National Transformation (ANT). Yes, the FDC is firing back at the ones who has left. Just like Winnie Kiiza who went after the FDC herself. Because, it is so easy to go after the former party. Than, seeing what you didn’t yourself to bolster the party you left behind.
The FDC has internal party functions, they have their meetings for the two presidential candidates. Alas, it doesn’t go outside the already admires and members. The FDC doesn’t go to a broader spectrum of the electorate at this point. That is shown by how the campaign is going within the FDC. It is not like they are rocking the boat or making significant change.
Besigye shows why he was vital by stepping aside. The FDC lacks the tenacity and the candidates to excel this time around. FDC have been the place, been the party of opposition and has a unique position in the Republic. Now, they are really challenged. The NUP is taking over the slot. In a manner that Go Forward and others never were able to do.
FDC is showing weakness, which we haven’t seen before. That is not because the ones who left to Muntu’s ANT. No, its because of NUP and their role within the opposition. They are maybe the baby of the Opposition. However, the baby is growing up so fast. That it might be in it’s teenage phase by the polls.
The FDC better reflect on its role and be statesmen like. The way Nandala-Mafabi acted yesterday on NBS TV showed their weakness. Instead of being up and fighting the struggle. They we’re busy flexing on NUP and not configuring ways to expose the NRM. That shows the lack of mentality to actually following the words of Besigye.
The FDC should follow up on the ‘Plan B’ of Besigye. They should work tirelessly to dismantle, destroy and cause issues for the General Election. Instead, it is working to be a blunt opposition party. Besgiye didn’t start Walk to Work and Defiance to be kind, but to challenge the authorities. The current FDC leadership and campaign is just peaceful and to subtle to care about.
The FDC has proven in the past that they had the courage and character to finesse in the midst of adversity. Now, they are going into the 2021 elections with a softball approach. This because, Besigye is on the sideline and not in the scope of the polls.
The FDC needs Besigye more then they would like to show. They need the firebrand personality, they need his flex and his force. Because, he doesn’t care about the repercussions and the costs. He will fire on all cylinders and battle the law enforcement with everything he has. While, I am only seeing mediocre statements and posts.
Yes, the FDC are more than Besigye and its trying to prove itself. However, it shows that they need to learn from him. If they want to create a space and make a difference. At this very moment. They are neither slick nor moving in the right direction. They should go to Kasangati and get advice on how to move forward. This is not cutting it.
FDC had firepower and was feeling powerful ahead of 2016. Now in the 2020, they could just be another DP or UPC. They are bigger and has more known characters nationwide, but they are not frightening for the authorities. That is why the two Presidential Candidates can walk-around. As the President and NRM isn’t afraid of POA.
BTW: Besigye did the right thing not standing and showing true statesmanship. However, he needs to hold some private lessons with the FDC leadership to give them the edge that they are missing at the moment. Peace.