We, Young Revolution, wish to congratulations to the new FDC party President, Patrick Oboi Amuriat on a transparent victory. Forum for democratic change has lived up-to its name – democratic change, by divulging power transparently to a new leader. Not a single vote was stolen or lost, and there was no interference with delegates – they exercised their complete free will.
By choosing Patrick Oboi Amuriat, over Mugisha Muntu, the delegates were convinced that this change was what FDC needed. Change means change in FDC.
Let us remember that the very essence essence of politics is to change policy. Policy reflects people’s thinking and aspirations, not just at a party level but at a national level. So we congratulate Patrick Oboi Amuriat for espousing that which a trodden people have hope in. Some efforts by detractors of FDC have been made to brand Amuriat and his approach, to use their words “radical”, especially in comparison to Muntu and his approaches, which FDC detractors see as “gentle” and “calm”. Personalities react differently to the dangers they face. From where I stand, it is FDC leaders, supporters and well wishers that have been killed, wounded, imprisoned, teargassed, trodden on and denied their human liberty to assemble. If you have a heart for those people, you cannot blame FDC and indeed a wider section of the Ugandan population to change their relationship with the state that is killing them, to one of self protection and self defense. If Amuriat can give hope and reason to the people to defend their freedoms, rights and liberties, other than go down under the boots of the other political camp, that is a good thing, not a bad thing.
On the vote process, we saw the true, transparent free will of Ugandans at play in the election of FDC. By comparison, if this were NRM delegates, you’d hear of arrests of candidates, delegates pre-selected or bribed in the halls of their hotels, threatened and the integrity of the whose process sent to the dogs. So it is a triumph to hold free and fair elections at a party level, it is reflective of the type of election that could be organised by FDC as a government. That precedent needs to be set, and set it was, not once not twice but most of the time FDC held delegates conferences and election of party president. Free exercise has always reigned.
Ugandans are interesting in solving Uganda’s bigger problems such, moving away from tribalism in party or government and ethno-politics, corruption, semi-military government and creating a true democracy. These are prerequisites for economic order an growth.