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FDC’s Amuriat to repeat oath on Thursday

Patrick Amuriat casts his vote last Friday. File photo.

KAMPALA–The newly elected FDC party president Patrick Amuriat will swear in again on Thursday this week.

Amuriat first took oath on Saturday morning immediately after emerging winner of the hotly contested FDC presidential race.

“The counsel who presided over the swearing in ceremony was not a commissioner of oath. Therefore, to be safe, our president will take another oath on Thursday this week,” Harold Kaija, the party’s deputy secretary general, said.

Amuriat trounced Gen Mugisha Muntu, the outgoing party president, Moses Byamugisha and Malcom Matsiko in the polls held last Friday.

City lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi is expected to preside over the Thursday swearing in ceremony.

Amuriat is believed to have trounced Gen Muntu riding on the support of Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC president, and other radicals in the party.

Fears are rife in FDC that Muntu and some other party members are contemplating to form another party.

Reports indicate that Muntu, FDC senior leader Amanya Mushega, Miriam Matembe, former ethics minister discussed quitting FDC and forming another political party in a closed-door meeting.

But Matembe refuted the reports, saying she was out of the country and never met Muntu. Such reports normally happen after FDC presidential elections.

In 2012, when Muntu defeated Nandala Mafabi, the current secretary general, there were reports that he wanted to form a political party.

But Mafabi refuted the reports and continued challenging the victory of Muntu.

He lodged complaints to the electoral commission, complaining that Muntu camp rigged the vote.

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