Founding Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Dr Kizza Besigye late Wednesday night bounced back as party flagbearer for the 2016 Uganda election after beating incumbent president, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, with 718 votes to 289 votes.
One vote was invalid in results announced at exactly 12.17am local time by the party’s elections chief Dan Mugarura. 1,043 delegates had been lined up to vote.
The veteran Uganda politician will now present himself before The Democratic Alliance, a coalition platform, where he will bid to become the joint Opposition candidate.
“This marks the beginning of the real work, hard work, difficult work… I have every confidence that we can achieve what is ahead of us,” he told delegates in his victory speech.
Dr Besigye has lost to President Yoweri Museveni all three times he has competed against him — two of them as head of an opposition coalition.
Conceding defeat, Gen Muntu promised to back Dr Besigye but also said a party meeting will be convened in a week’s time to harmonise planning. Mr Muntu has lost this contest to Dr Besigye before.
- Daily Monitor