A member of the self proclaimed opposition party of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has shocked parliament when he boldly supported Nankabirwa’s move to crown Museveni as a COVID-19 hero.
Simon Oyet who represents Nwoya county in the tenth parliament sided with NRM MPs who overwhelmingly voted for the controversial motion. What has shocked the public is the sudden u-turn from last week’s vote of displeasure at Mr. Museveni to now a barrage of praises lauding his efforts in fighting the novel Corona virus disease in the country. The pro-Museveni motion was on Tuesday moved by the Kole North MP, Bonny Okello who claims that Museveni deserves credit for how he has handled COVID-19. He describes Museveni’s leadership as ‘a beacon of hope’ that illuminates glory at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.
Away from the sudden end of the parliament-executive bickering that has been ravaging for weeks, our focal point is on how a member of parliament of the opposition would out of the blue vote for Museveni’s endorsement as a covid hero. With about 36 MPs, the FDC leads Uganda’s opposition and in fact even the previous and incumbent leader of opposition, Betty Aol Ocan are pronounced members of this party.
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Right from the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda, the FDC party has been instrumental in criticising the ruling NRM over how it is handling the crisis. For instance, the arbitrary arrests, torture and food distribution politicization which in fact prompted them to boycott donating to the COVID-19 taskforce. On record, the FDC is the only opposition party that overly rejected donating its food to the government. With all that convincing pro-people record, what could have inspired one of their MPs to support Museveni’s heroism? Was it the shs 5m dished out by the government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa? It’s probable. It is not the first time that FDC MPs are siding with NRM.
Prominent FDC to NRM defections
A good number of once prominent FDC members have openly defected to the side oppressive regime in return for favours. For instance, Betty Kamya, Christopher Kibanzanga, Beatrice Anywar who are now serving NRM ministers. FDC’s Katusabe Godfrey Atkins was also trapped by NRM Minister, Sarah Opendi and now they are husband and wife. These sudden defections from the struggle have widely hatched a great deal of lambasting from the public with many labelling the FDC as a ‘nursery bed of NRM’ or a branch of NRM. At times, the party is renamed as the ‘Forum for Delaying Change’.