Namboole-Retired army Colonel and veteran Ugandan opposition figure Dr. Kizza Besigye has beaten Forum for Democratic Change party president, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu in the party primaries that now endorses Besigye as the party’s flag bearer in 2016 general elections.
Dr. Besigye got 718 votes against 289 votes for Gen. Muntu. The tense race that pitted the two party leaders has finally come to an end after two months of traversing the country seeking for votes amongst their party supporters.
The campaigns had also heightened tensions within the party as the two gentlemen traded in an exchange of who is best suited to lead the FDC into the 2016.
Besigye has thrice lost to Mr Museveni in 2001, 2006 and 2011. However, on his part, Besigye insists his victory has always been rigged by his opponent President Yoweri Museveni.
The entry of Besigye into the ring for 2016 could see him compete with Mr Amama Mbabazi who is standing as independent but both are likely to face each other in the primaries of the Democratic Alliance that is seeking to endorse a single opposition candidate against Mr Museveni of the National Resistance Movement.