FDC presidential race: Voters registers contested

Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu waves to his supporters during the nomination exercise for the FDC party president recently. PML Daily picture.

As the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential race draws closer, a row has erupted between the candidates over the voters’ registers.

Patrick Amuriat, one of the five candidates vying for the party presidency, is disputing some names on the register.

Amuriat’s camp led by Caleb Muhangi and Dr Dominic Wakabi alleged that some 20 names on the voters’ registers are ghosts, asking the party administration to delete them.

They accuse Gen Mugisha Muntu, who is fighting to regain the FDC coveted seat, of smuggling the contested names on the register.

“We have been complaining about these people,” Wakabi added.

Dan Mugarura, the party electoral body boss, admitted that those names are being contested and some are NEC members.

“The matter is being discussed and we shall come out with the consensus,” he said.

Other candidates vying for the party presidency include Moses Byamugisha and Malcom Matsiko.

Last week, Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyangwa announced that he had stepped down in favour of Patrick Amuriat Oboi.

Munyangwa said his move to join Amuriat’s camp was aimed at getting a strong party leader who will help fight dictatorship in the country.

“Amuriat and I share the same vision. I accepted to back him up for FDC presidency so that we build a strong party,” Munyangwa told PML Daily.

His first appearance at Amuriat’s rallies was at Jinja town rallies, where he came wearing a red T-shirt.
He also addressed a press conference where he promised to inject Shs5m in the campaign to uproot Muntu.

Walid Mulindwa, one of Amuriat’s media campaign managers, said Munyagwa’s decision to join them has boasted their campaigns.
“We are winning this election with gusto come November 24 at our Party National Delegates Conference,” he added.
Munyangwa in August told PML Daily that Amuriat’s camp was engaging them to step down and support their candidate.
“I refused to accept because they approached me in an arrogant way,” he said then.

However, sources within FDC revealed that the vice president of the party for Buganda region, Joyce Sebugwawo, who is the mayor of Rubaga division, has been sweet talking Munyangwa to support Amuriat. Sebugwawo is Amuriat’s campaign manager of Amuriat.



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