FDC Leaders Vow to Continue Defiance Campaign

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General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president, says the arrest and subsequent detention of Besigye on trumped up treason charges has opened another war between Ugandans and the NRM government.

Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party leaders have vowed to push on with their defiance campaign until the rule of law is restored in the country. 
Addressing the weekly FDC press conference, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC Secretary General, says the arrest and subsequent detention of their former presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye will not deter their defiance campaign.

 
FDC announced the defiance campaign to protest the outcomes of the February 18th presidential elections. The party instituted weekly prayers and announced countrywide protests calling for an independent audit of the presidential election results.

 
Government secured an interim order from the Constitutional Court issued by the Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma outlawing the defiance campaign and all its activities.  However, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, says they can't accept a few individuals to hold the country at ransom.


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General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president, says the arrest and subsequent detention of Besigye on trumped up treason charges has opened another war between Ugandans and the NRM government.
 
According to Muntu, Ugandans know that they voted for change adding that will come up with strategies on how to continue with their resistance against the illegal activities of the NRM government. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the FDC party spokesperson called for the unconditional release of all their party supporters, saying they are being held on politically motivated charges.
 
 

When contacted on the declaration by the FDC leaders to continue with their defiance campaign, Ofwono Opondo, the Director of the Government owned media center asked right thinking Ugandans not to follow the shallow ideas of FDC. 

He said following the swearing of Museveni people ought to settle down and engage in income generating other than call for useless demonstrations that will waste their productive time. 

 

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