Uganda: Gen. Muntu now FDC elect President

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By John Barigye

Kampala-Uganda-talking to the press after election, Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu said he’s happy to start the Party Presidency with such a marginal win.

According to Muntu, The race has been a challenge, competition was stiff but “I like challenges.” People were able to see a process that has not been able to happen in Uganda for the last 50 years specifically with the recent debate at WBS,” said Muntu after winning the election held at Mandela National Stadium on Thursday.

“I can assure you this is a turning point for Uganda. We shall not move backwards,” said the former army commander.

Muntu urged all the FDC delegates and supporters to work together in order to build a culture of hard work, sacrifice, value- based leadership if they are to remove NRM from power.

There were 10 polling stations in the stadium. Out of 776 votes cast, 6 were invalid. Muntu won with 393 votes (50.6%), Mafabi came second with 360 (46%) with Ekanya trailing with a paltry 17 votes (2.19%).

Muntu emphasized on giving meaning to the words in the FDC slogan One Uganda One People. “Put life in these words,” he said.

Nandala Mafabi, who was Muntu’s lead challenger, assured delegates that even if he has lost the election, this was not the end of the struggle.

“I am just 46 years old. I still have hope and I will keep on fighting for change in this country as an FDC member,” he assured the delegates.

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