Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] bigwigs Kizza Besigye, Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Mugisha Muntu have bowed to the might of MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and accepted defeat.
“I would like to congratulate Basalirwa Asumani over a hard fought and deserved win. As we continue to push for reforms that put #CountryBeforeSelf, your addition to the parliamentary voices of change is a welcome one. Congratulations too @HEBobiwine,” said former FDC president Muntu tweeted.
He went on: “Today, I would like to congratulate my sister @VirginiaPlanM and all other Opposition candidates across the country that offered themselves up for elections. While you didn’t win, you showed up & did something. With more people like you, we can change the tide.”
Muntu also congratulated NRM candidates that won their respective races and encouraged them to always remember whose voices they represent: not the high and mighty in government, “but the downtrodden people of this country. Put them first. God bless you all”.
Besigye says all is well
Former presidential candidate Besigye who vigorously campaigned for Mugyenyi in Sheema and Eunice Namatende in Buguri too said: “All is well that ends well! Congratulations @BasalirwaAsuman for winning the Bugiri Municipality election!”
He added: “Please proceed to quickly reunite our forces for the bigger struggle. The struggle continues!”
In a statement, FDC president Amuriat congratulated the MP elect, leader of JEEMA, Asuman Basalirwa for a hard fought victory.
“I also wish to congratulate the FDC mayoral flag bearer Mr. Luba Bumali for winning in the same electoral area and to thank the people of Bugiri for making him their choice for Mayor. Our two Municipality councillor who won seats have underlined the strong existence of the FDC in Bugiri Municipality.”
Amuriat appreciated the FDC MP flag bearer Ms. Eunice Namatende for being a worthwhile candidate, running a peaceful campaign and making us proud as a party especially in upholding our policy of promoting non-discrimination against the female gender.
“Although we clearly know the dynamics that played out in Bugiri resulting in our loss, we have no hard feelings towards anyone. These dynamics will be a discussion for another day. Take heart, there could only have been one winner and all is not lost. “
He said to the wider opposition, Bugiri is a litmus test of their ability to go their different ways as political parties in the opposition and still achieve our objectives of subduing the dictatorship.
“It can also enhance political growth of individual political parties. Although it would have been preferable to field a joint candidate, competing against ourselves can still be healthy depending on how we manage the post election period.”
He said despite the Bugiri outcome and coming back to back with the Constitutional Court ruling on age limit, FDC are back on their feet and will stay focused on core objective of freeing the country from the yoke of the dictatorship.