By Joseph Odama
Arua-Former FDC party President Gen. Mugisha Muntu has decried intentions for power struggle in Uganda through use of weapons.
Gen. Mugisha was speaking during his country wide consultative meeting in west Nile Nile region in Hotel Cafeteria, in Arua town.
Muntu said he has found it unfortunate when he sees many African countries that came to power through the use of guns gambling democracy among the people in their respective countries.
In Uganda’s history, most of the Presidents came to power by use of guns including President Yoweri Museveni. Muntu emphasized that the recent age limit saga where 317 MPs voted to remove the presidential age limit shows a clear sign that Ugandans want change on claims that the citizens were against the bill.
President Museveni has always said that: “Nobody can distabilize the peace we have achieved because we have a strong army.”
Muntu noted that war continues to tear up a country apart hence leading to economic downfall and people’s suffering.
“At personal level, I have reached a conclusion that, analytically it is very difficult to take power by use of weapons and later be able to democratize the country. Anyone who will want to take weapons, I will never condemn them but I advise them. Out of the ten people who struggle, seven of them will be drunk by the power of the weapons and the remaining two or three, will think straight to democratize development of the people sa bringing the seven back, remains a challenge,” Muntu said.
Muntu has been one of the longest serving Army Commanders under President Yoweri Museveni.
However during the meeting, people asked Muntu of whether he wants to found another political party in Uganda. But he declined and told people he has no intentions of forming another party other than advocating for democracy in the country if Uganda.
Muntu added that, if he does so, it will contravene his hand over of office to Patrick Obo Amuriat who is the new FDC party president.
Members of the various political parties castigated their MPs from west Nile for voting in favour of removal of the age limit which they said contravened decision of the local citizens of majority Ugandans.
The meeting was attended by various party members of FDC, UPC, DP and NRM from districts of Arua, Yumbe, Maracha and Koboko among others.