Museveni ignored my advice on term limits-Muntu

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Muntu dances on his nomination day

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] presidential candidate, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, has revealed that he advised President Yoweri Museveni against lifting of term limits but he never listened.

Muntu, a former army commander, was on Monday nominated to stand again for the position of FDC party president.

In 2005, Museveni had Members of Parliament amend the constitution to remove term limits and give him an opportunity to pursue the life presidency project.

Muntu was among those who rejected the move while MPs pocketed Shs5m each to vote in favour of the motion.

“I advised Museveni in Kyankwanzi but he never listened,” Muntu recalled.

He added: “I told him about legacy when he was trying to change term limits.”

The former army chief was then prompted to leave his commission and join politics. He joined the opposition so as to remove Museveni from power.

Appearing on NBS TV Tuesday, Muntu said there needs to be more investment in time and effort in seeing that the party continues to be stable.

He said the most unfortunate thing is there is a perception in people’s minds.

“Many people think we exist to fight Museveni. People don’t understand that there are objectives we stand for.”

He added: “We have policy positions on a number of issues. First we have to be understood for the policies we stand for in agriculture, education, health and other sectors etc.”

Muntu said he doesn’t know any other party which has competed for the top most seat in the country more than FDC.

“We have a constitution which is different from other party constitutions; the party president is not a flag-bearer.”

He said with all these factors which are potentially sources of conflict, the leaders have to manage them and to see that the party survives hence its growth.

He said the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] is built around an individual and an internal culture has evolved over time.

“I don’t know how they will reverse that.”

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