KAABONG – The supporters of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in Kaabong district have asked their FDC officials in Kampala to withdraw their statement that their candidate, Ms. Judith Adyaka Nalibe who was contesting for the Woman Member of Parliament (MP) seat for Kaabong district was bribed by NRM to pull out of the race.
Ms Adyaka Nalibe, the FDC flag bearer for the Woman MP seat for Kaabong district in her withdrawal letter from the race which is dated September 9, states;
“Reference is made to the above and thus addresses you as hereunder. I was duly nominated by your office on the 28th of August 2019 to contest for the position of the district woman Member of Parliament for Kaabong district,” reads an excerpt from her withdrawal letter.
This notice is hereby made to unequivocally withdraw my candidature from the race and I don’t wish to co test in the aforementioned position and that my name should be struck off the list/news of nominated candidates to co test for the position of Kaabong district women member of Parliament.
This notice is made pursuant to section 19(1) and 19(2) of the parliamentary be lections 2005. I have further accompanied my withdrawal with three signature’s of registered voters or my constituency who have witness my withdrawal, “letter reads.
While addressing the press conference in Kampala on September 16, Mr.Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the FDC spokesperson claimed their candidate was bribed by NRM to the tune of UGX 1.2billion, an allegation that has angered Ms Adyaka and other FDC supporters in the district.
Ms. Adyaka faulted her FDC party for neglecting her by not supporting her financially.
“How many times did I call Mr. Nandala Mafabi for financial support and he turned down my calls,How many times did I call Mr.Patrick Amuria for support but they tossed me around, So let them stop alleging funny things on me I have not met President Museveni and to meet him for what?” she asked.
Mr.Joseph Sagala one of the key supporters of FDC speaking to PML Daily on September 17, said the current FDC is not the FDC that they used to support some ten years back.
“We tried our level base calling our party headquarters for resources and the good thing was that we had received our brothers from people power who had come to support us but our own FDC party betrayed us, he said.
Mr. Sagala said the FDC officials should not escape from their mistakes by using such allegations to tarnish the image of their potential candidate.
“If it means to shun the FDC party we shall do it we are even regretting I wish we had gone as independent candidates than getting messed up like this by FDC,” said Grace Nakong another youth FDC supporter.
Ms Nakong claims that when there is any candidate in western region, all party members go to campaign but when its comes to Karamoja nobody bothers.