Odonga Otto asks Besigye to Stand for 2016 Polls

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According to Otto, ever since Besigye left the FDC leadership, the party has weakened instead of growing stronger.

Samuel Odonga Otto, the Aruu county Member of parliament has asked Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former forum for Democratic Change-FDC party president to consider running for presidency in the 2016 general elections.
Otto says jump starting General Mugisha Muntu, the incumbent FDC president has become a very big problem as the party isn't moving forward. He says opposition support is dwindling and going into disarray which he says is not good for the country's top opposition party. 

According to Otto, ever since Besigye left the FDC leadership, the party has weakened instead of growing stronger. Otto made these observations while addressing members of Northern Uganda Media club. He says only Besigye can restore the party to its past strength.

Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president says he has no problem with Besigye running for presidency as long the exercise is free and fair. 
He says people should come in the competition to win or lose since any of that can happen. Muntu however says the problem will be for those people who come only to win and not expecting any loss and then they end up causing chaos and destablise the party.
According to Muntu, FDC is growing stronger and will represent the needs of Ugandans. Several FDC members and political critics have contested General Muntu's leadership style saying it has not moved the party any further since he took over leadership from Dr. Kizza Besigye. 

Besigye stepped down in 2012 two years before the end of his term to allow for preparation for the incoming president. The former opposition leader had contested on three occasions but lost to the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.
Last week, Besigye was elected as the Rukungiri District Elderly and Pensioners secretary.


About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.