Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu has today officially unveiled his newly formed political party, Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) leadership at Serena hotel in Kampala.
Muntu who lost the FDC presidency to Patrick Oboi Amuriat, quit the party last year after failing to agree with a faction of FDC members on the kind of strategy that they need to wrestle power from the firm grip of President Yoweri Museveni.
He then formed Alliance for National Transformation on March 19, 2019, as an opposition political party. The ANT leadership was unveiled at the launch attended by several members of parliament, heads of political parties, civil society organizations and the academia.
Muntu will be deputized by Makerere University don Nyanja Musoke as the national deputy coordinator-operations and former Serere Woman MP Alice Alaso as the national coordinator-finance and administration. Martin Okumu will serve as the national coordinator for research and policy.
Christine Abia, a former legislator will be in charge of the national treasury, the women’s league will be headed by ambassador Edith Ssempala while lawyer Wilberforce Seryazi will be the party’s mouthpiece assisted by former The Observer journalist, journalist Sulaiman Kakaire. Barbara Allimadi will lead the diaspora affairs docket.
Other members of the team include Hannington Basakana as eastern region coordinator, Ssewava Sserubiri for central region, Phoebe Acan for northern region, and Jackson Wabyoona for the western region. Florence Ibi Egwau will be in charge of parliamentary affairs while Abim Matanda is the youth league coordinator.
Eunice Okullo will lead religious affairs, Prossy Naikoba will lead the civil society organisation affairs, David Mwiruka will lead education, while Dan Mugarura will lead election affairs. The party will be guided by a team of elders, among them, Dan Wandera Ogalo, Dr Munini Munera and Yokas Bihande.
Alaso said they intend to use the next three months to traverse the country and recruit new members. Muntu said the party will come out with different policy positions so that within one year, every Ugandan will understand what ANT stands for and what the party has to offer.
Those present at the launch included Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) president Jimmy Akena, the Conservative Party’s Ken Lukyamuzi, former leaders of opposition Winifred Kiiza and Prof Morris Ogenga Latigo, Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri and Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu, among others.
The party also unveiled its official symbol, a lighting bulb, its colours; white, purple, and orange and a logo, a map of Uganda lit with a bulb in the middle. Charismatic young female legislator Upendo Furaha Peneza from the Tanzania's national assembly was the keynote speaker.
Upendo urged Ugandans to maintain peace as they seek change, saying getting change without peace renders the achievement useless. She also urged the ANT leaders and supporter to offer sacrifice to the party in whatever form, saying they both need each other at this critical time.
Upendo emphasized the need for structures if the new party is to succeed. She cited her own Chadema party, which she said, despite having a strong candidate recently failed to win the elections in Tanzania because they did not have enough polling agents, enough candidates or members to guard their vote.
She said the electorate expect the candidates to guard the votes and once they let the votes be rigged by incumbents, then they become frustrated and lose trust in the electoral process. She said even Kyagulanyi’s People Power movement will not succeed if there are no structures to rely upon.