Muntu drag Museveni to ICC
Gen Mugisha Muntu rejects FDC's plan to drag President Museveni to ICC. Photo/Twitter

Gen Mugisha Muntu: I will not sign the petition to drag President Museveni to ICC, building party’s brand is our priority

The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) coordinator, Gen Mugisha Muntu has different thoughts about the move taken by FDC and People’s Government to drag President Museveni to ICC.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party and the People’s Government led by Rt. Col. Dr Kizza Besigye Kifeffe last week instituted a petition to have President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and some top government officials prosecuted at the International Court of Justice (ICC), FOR alleged crimes against humanity.

FDC and People’s Government state that they want Justice Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor at ICC to prosecute President Museveni and his allies in the government for crimes against humanity in the country.

In a statement issued by the FDC Secretary for Mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe indicated that so far more than 60.000 signatures from Ugandans on hard copy forms and 3,595 online signatures have been collected and still more are expected.

Gen Muntu says he will not be part of the opposition petition signing that seek to drag President Museveni to ICC. According to Gen Muntu, building party structures is more of a priority than seeking forceful take-over of power, at a moment.

“With the efforts by the People’s Government and Forum for Democratic Change in processing signatures for taking Gen Museveni to ICC, we have no problem with that effort, but me as an individual, I will not be putting my signature,” Muntu said.

Gen Muntu made the remarks on Wednesday 20, November 2019, during the opening of the Fort Portal Town Offices.

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In his view, building party structures will enable the opposition to gain knowledge on how to take over power and its maintenance.

He revealed that ANT at a moment needs to build a firm foundation at grassroots levels such that they are well equipped, prepared to run a country.

“We need to prepare ourselves early on how to run this country if we are to capture because we shall not be the first people to be in power and we should not focus on the top leadership. We need to first build party structures at all levels,” Gen Muntu revealed.

Nonetheless, Muntu did not refuse ANT members from signing the petition, he says any member interested in signing the ICC petition is free to do so.

Despite their ideological differences, Muntu says they are not at war with any party, but rather ANT is more focussed on building a party brand.

He adds that shortly they will be holding a fundraising event, aimed at raising funds to facilitate the party’s activities as they get prepared for the upcoming 2021 general elections.

“We don’t need to fight with other members of opposition instead we need to build our party by branding it,” Muntu noted.