Presidential advisor on media matters, Tamale Mirundi, has labelled Kawempe South MP, Mubarak Munyagwa, as a “big joke” after the legislator expressed interest in running for the position of Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party president.
Munyagwa who launched his bid on Monday, says the party needs an activist president to support Kizza Besigye.
“I’m not joking as some people want to assume. We must change the nomenclature of FDC party. You can’t say we (FDC) won the election and then you go ahead to have a shadow cabinet in Parliament,” he said.
Appearing on NBS “Extra” programme Tuesday, Mirundi FDC needs to have a young person that is highly educated as its leader.
“This elected young leader should also be able to handle violence that is expected of him/her by the people,” Mirundi explained.
He said Munyagwa is a good mobiliser but he cannot be a leader of a party.
“In the race for FDC presidency, Mubarak Munyagwa is a joke.”
The legislator is up against current party president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, secretary general, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and former Kumi County MP, Patrick Amuriat Oboi as well as the youthful Moses Byamugisha.
According to Munywagwa, FDC is like a team with a prolific striker but with a weak midfield.
“Besigye is scoring goals but our midfield can’t hold the ball,” he said.
In a statement on Monday, the party said the position to head it was still advertised.
It added: “We welcome all applications from party members especially the youth. This top leadership position gives you the chance to shape the political future not just of FDC but our country, Uganda.”
Nominations for the party president will take place from August 14 to August 16.
Open campaigns will be held from August 17 until November 17.
The election of the party’s new president will take place during the national delegates’ conference after which he will be sworn in on November 18.