The last New Vision opinion poll was sham and empty. How come it never gave any more details? Why was Museveni missing? Why was Mao assessed as IPC when his Party has not yet joined the alliance? What was the motive or goal of that poll?
Let me also take this opportunity to say something about FDC putting up a candidate against Betty Nambooze.FDC is a legal institution, a body corporate in the business of politics. It is in there for gains, to maximize its profits and grow through talking and making political deals.
Many senior FDC leaders including myself have a soft spot for Betty because we believe she is good political leader. At the same time we are governed by the Party policy decisions. So far, neither DP nor Betty has seen it as necessary to talk to FDC. To negotiate.
Sometime back DP’s Dr Lulume now MP for Buikwe north did come and talk to us. We negotiated and agreed to withdraw our candidate.The Party then asked Dr. KB to go and campaign for Lulume.He did and we won.
So how do we proceed with the Betty case? How does FDC gain if on its own initiative it simply leaves a free ground for her. Tufunira wa? Remember there is 2011.FDC has successfully defended two Parliamentary seats in by-elections, Bugweri and Mbale and won Kasese from NRM.We have not lost any seat held to another Party
I do not think that DP is hostile to FDC. Perhaps they are a bit scared of it. They think it swallow them or take their support. I wonder why it should be that easy if they too are organizing and spreading their wings. Why can’t they take also FDC support?In Buganda which is the stronghold of DP,(I do not see it anywhere else so far) the Party has got many strong leaders but less support while FDC has more support in the region but less strong leaders. So DP will definitely benefit more from IPC which will mobilize support for their candidates.
FDC does not wish DP any death.FDC is not “skimming” (scheming?) to take any advantage of DP conflicts.Why should it? On the contrary FDC wants to see DP as a strong partner in the struggle to liberate the country from the clawns of a cabal of looters.
Our bit of worry is from the looks of things, DP is spending more energy consuming itself up and may not be ready for the battles with the looters as we move to 2011.
IPC is an organization that was negotiated by four Parties for two years and signed off at two public meetings. It is not a gentlemen’s club.Signing in public was to ensure public commitment and seriousness.
It is strange that DP expects member Parties to abandon the signed protocol guidelines which include how new members can apply and join but instead engage in negotiations with it. That might be a bit dificult .It will be easier for DP to be admitted first and then ask for amendments as a member. A non-member can not ask for reforms of an organization they do not belong to. It is that simple.
Political Parties are formed to compete,win power and govern states. That is their strategic goal. Sometimes they might suceed alone, sometimes they need to make alliances to achieve what they want. They do not form alliances because they are weak but beacuse the voters have a different formula.
In the past DP has engaged in secret unprincipled alliances that were not even signed off thanks to the calibre of their leaders then.This has however,continued to haunt the Party. IPC is a totally different ball game. If FDC took the Big Brother attitude you are pushing for DP and UPC, there would be no IPC. Yes, the member Parties differ in strengths but they are all valuable in their own ways.One by one makes a bundle. Votes or a seat from one constituency can make a real difference to the national total .
Have you ever asked yourself why DP has failed to win power for a good 50 years?
We are aware that some of the people who voted for Dr KB were not necessarily FDC.But they did it for various reasons. Can they vote for him again? Yes. Why ? Because he is still the best weapon they have so far. And remember by 2006 FDC was only one year old ,hardly known throughout the country . The situation is totally different.We have sold the Party countrywide and greatly improved on our fortunes . There is no doubt that FDC will get much more votes, MPs and District leaders than they did in 2006.
At Najja we have solid info that there are sections of Opposition in various Parties who are talking,listening and falling prey to Museveni tricks and promises of forming a government of National unity with them.Museveni’s aim is to destroy IPC. That is why it is not surprising to us to see that IPC is attacked more by sections of the opposition than by NRM . Indeed it seems to them IPC is now the “enemy” not NRM. Usual elite Opportunism.