Ugandan opposition shows ruling party how to change leaders

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala – Uganda

FDC's outgoing Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi (Centre) hands over to incoming new leader Wafula Oguttu at a respectable ceremony in Kampala Tuesday. There was no need for armed troops to patrol the streets for the changeover as is normally the case.
FDC’s outgoing Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi (Centre) hands over to incoming new leader Wafula Oguttu (with a clean shaven head) at a respectable ceremony in Kampala Tuesday. There was no need for armed troops to patrol the streets for the changeover as is normally the case.

The Ugandan opposition has challenged the government leadership to take lessons from them on how power is relinquished down to new leaders smoothly without any fear or worry of putting the country at a stand still.

The challenge came during a smooth handover of office from the outgoing Leader Of Opposition in parliament Nandala Mafabi, to the incoming LOP Wafula Oguttu. Oguttu, a former editor of The Monitor newspaper, who has just been appointed by the president general of Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), retired Major General Mugisha Muntu, assumed office Tuesday.

Handing over his office, Mr Nandala Mafabi said: “This appointment cements a culture that we so dearly cherish in the FDC [which we also] desire for our country – the culture of leaders to serve and go.” Now how the FDC had recently changed leaders by voting in a new one, Mr Nandala Mafabi said: “It is a mark of a good leader to serve and go. A good leader must not succumb to cheerleaders and schemers who always call upon him or her to stay on”.

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