“I fell out with President Museveni because he went astray”-Muntu.

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October 20, 2023    By Country Radio   

“I fell out with President Museveni because he went astray”-Muntu.

Rukungiri: The founder of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party and former presidential candidate in the 2021 general elections Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu has revealed that he fell out with his former boss president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni because he went off truck.

Muntu while appearing in the Ihanga ryeitu programme hosted by Moses Mweeza Bagwagye on Country Radio in Rukungiri district recently said that some people with whom they went to the bush during the liberation struggle swayed off their intentions after taking over power in 1986.

He said he could not keep hobnobbing with the regime that had started making mistakes but was not willing to understand and accept them.

Muntu further indicated that besides this kind of hypocrisy, the scrapping off of term limits from the constitution (2005) widened the gap between him and his former master president Museveni.

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On the issue of corruption, Gen Muntu who is also the former army commander said that the current leaders have looted the national resources, something he says has left many citizens in abject poverty. 

He noted that corruption mostly among the government big wigs that are deemed as untouchables has eaten up the country like cancer.

Muntu said that Uganda currently needs leaders who believe in transparency and are not greedy.

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Muntu is in Western Uganda meeting leaders of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) from different counties.

His biography.

Gregory Mugisha Muntuyera, commonly referred to as Mugisha Muntu, is a Ugandan politician and retired military officer.

He is the current President of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), a political party he founded in March 2019.

He previously served as the President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), an opposition political party, from 2012 to 2017.

In September 2018, General Muntu parted ways with the FDC citing ideological differences with the new FDC leadership of Hon.Patrick Oboi Amuriat.

On 27th September 2018 he announced in a televised press conference that he and some other leaders had begun what he called The New Formation which later became the ANT.

He served as the Commander of the Army, the highest position in the Ugandan military, from 1989 to 1998. When the National Resistance Army was renamed the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), General Muntu became Commander of the UPDF.

In 2008, he unsuccessfully contested for the FDC’s presidency, against Kizza Besigye but was later elected as party president in 2012.

He is the founder and current Party President of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT)

Mugisha Muntu was born in October 1958, at Kitunga village in present-day Ntungamo DistrictAnkole sub-regionWestern Uganda, to Enock Ruzima Muntuyera and Aida Matama Muntuyera. 

He had an affluent childhood as his father was a strong government functionary and close friend of Ugandan leader Milton Obote.

He attended Mbarara Junior School, Kitunga Primary School and Kitunga High School. (Kitunga High School was later renamed Muntuyera High School, in memory of his father, by Obote).

Muntu attended Makerere College School and subsequently went on to graduate in political science from Makerere University, where he was deputy president of the students union.

Muntu joined the guerrilla National Resistance Army of Yoweri Museveni the day he completed his university exams, to the chagrin of his family and President Obote, who considered him a son.

Early into the rebellion he was shot in the chest but survived after receiving treatment in Kampala.

Later he emerged as the head of Military Intelligence after the NRA victory in 1986.

In military intelligence he had under his command personalities like Paul Kagame, who would later become the President of Rwanda.

Muntu underwent further elite military training in Russia before becoming a division commander in Northern Uganda.

He rose to the rank of Major General within the UPDF. His rapid promotion did not go unnoticed by other senior officers in the Ugandan military.

He was later to serve as Commander of the UPDF. That post was later renamed Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda. As army chief, he oversaw the demobilization of many sections of the army.

Observers have attributed Maj. Gen. Muntu’s quick ascension to the pinnacle of the NRA/UPDF to his reputation as an incorruptible and loyal officer to the President of Uganda.

This loyalty was rewarded by the support of the President during Muntu’s many quarrels with sections of the army which accused him of trying to alienate them. Prominent among these were the so-called ‘uneducated’ officers, led by Major General James Kazini.

Muntu was accused of creating a schism within the army by showing preferential treatment to educated officers while sidelining those he considered uneducated.

Muntu was a member of the constituent assembly (1994–1995) and parliamentarian. After disagreeing with Museveni’s approach to politics and the military, he was removed from the army command and appointed as a minister, a position he politely turned down.

In November 2001, he was selected by the members of the Ugandan Parliament to serve as one of the nine Ugandan representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

On 21 November 2020, Muntu, along with fellow opposition presidential candidates Bobi WineHenry TumukundeNorbert Mao, and Patrick Amuriat Oboi, agreed to form an alliance together.

Since 1992, he has been married to Julia Kakonge Muntu. They have one son, who was born in 1993, and one daughter, who was born in 1996.

Compiled by Nshutaminabo Vandegras and Moses Mweeza Bagwagye.

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