Opinion: FDC has no ammunition [now that Besigye is on the sideline]

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.

 

A look into three of the Presidential Nominees from the FDC…

Wasswa Birigwa, Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Moses Byamugisha is people within the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who are vying for the highest position in the Republic. They are picking nomination forms and running for the Presidency.

Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa, the Party Chairman only turned to the FDC in 2015. So, its not like the man his been a long term ally of the party. He has been close to the President and his team. That’s why his appointed and had roles in the National Resistance Movement (NRM). It is not like the man has a been there long to show his credentials as a man for the FDC.

Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) has been the Party President since late 2017. Before that been the MP between 2001 to 2016. Been the part of the National Campaign Team in 2016 and believed in the Defiance campaign. A man of loyalty to Besigye and the cause of FDC.

Moses Byamugisha have been a Besigye aide and youth mobilizers in the party. His been consistent with his views and perspectives. The one that aimed first of the three. The others have waited to the last minute. Moses is clear about his vision and is using his youth teams to build a campaign ahead. It seems like his thinking ahead, as he is even going after the signatures to stand as “independent”.

We can also wonder if Nathan Nandala-Mafabi would stand as well? He would also be a man for the job. The experience in Parliament and knows how to express his vision to the public. Mafabi has it in him, but wonder if the party would take a man like that.

The FDC men of these are POA, Byamugisha and Mafabi. Birigwa haven’t been there that logn and should rest with his role as a Chairman. Harold Kaija would have more of a standing in comparison to Birigwa. Therefore, for me his a non-starter and someone who isn’t it in for the cause.

POA could become the Presidential Candidate. However, that will marginalize the party. The man has wishes and outbursts, that isn’t always that candid or calculated. He knows how to gain attention, but not always in the positive manner.

Byamugisha have another sort of way. His more of a young Muntu. Still, his defiant and a man for the cause. His not a softie, but a slow builder. Very direct and knows how to push. His the man whose been on the front-line and taken care of the ones arrested. Been a voice for the youths and the activists. A man who knows the party and support party objectives. That is why his a hopeful and a man who shouldn’t be neglected.

Mafabi haven’t taken the nomination forms. He hasn’t even said he wants it. Even as there been voices for him and his candidacy. His a man of the party. Mafabi is vocal and can conduct his affairs. There is really nothing ill to say about him. However, hard to know if he can be easily a man for full front mobilization. As his a sort of moderate, but still shows his capacities with all the years in politics.

The FDC has people who has abilities and capacities to be a Presidential nominee. They have the characters and the ones who knows the cost of doing so. They have also followed on the trial of Beisgye and know how things goes. They have been in the trenches and seen the reality of the battleground ahead of the polls. These people knows this…

I rather want to see Moses than POA. Rather see Mafabi than POA. POA can gain attention, but his personality would be harsh for plenty. POA has the right mind, but his way of expressing it is so unpolished. You need some filters before speaking. That does the other fellas have. Though I don’t trust Birigwa at all. That is however how I look at it. Maybe, someone else would look differently and maybe he would even prove it too me.

Nevertheless, want to wish the all the best. A luta continua. Peac.e

Nathan Nandala-Mafabi MP Statement: Today we welcome Mr. Museveni to Bugisu and Sironko in particular (09.10.2019)

Bugisu region which this government has relegated to the periphery.

41% of people in Bugisu are below the poverty line. Simply put, its more less, for every two people in Bugisu, one is extremely poor.

For the last 33years of the NRM government, the Namagumba, Nalugugu road remains in a sorrow state; for the last 33years of this government, only Mbale Lwahaha road is being tarmacked in Bugisu sub region.

There is no new road that has been opened in the region. Yet, like all Ugandans, every person in Bugisu carries a debt of 1million shillings because of the debt burden, recklessly accumulated by this government.

The people in Bugisu are poor, not because they are lazy. Rather, they are an extremely hardworking and truthful people. They like organised systems where they can diligently serve. They can never thrive under a mafia corrupt system.

In 1962, before the British granted Uganda independence, they questioned whether Ugandans had financial capacity to govern themselves.

To alley British fears and excuse, Bugisu contributed £300,000 and Buganda £500,000 to show we could manage ourselves.

Ideally, it’s Bugisu and Buganda which guaranteed Uganda’s independence. But Bugisu has been sidelined.

The five years Sironko district was under the FDC leadership, it was always ranked amongst the best performing and corruption free districts. Today, the story is different.

That is why, the fanfare in Sironko will not detract some of us, we shall continue to mobilise and educate people about the dangers of a corrupt and disorganised regime.

We shall continue to mobilise people for change, for the liberation and true independence of Uganda.

I welcome everyone to Budadiri West.

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