KAMPALA – On Monday Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) held a consultative meeting at Nsambya Sharing Hall in Kampala aimed at combatting the escalating tensions between party leaders.
Also, the crisis meeting was convened by Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, who is also the party spokesperson.
The meeting is facing opposition from the party secretary-general, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, who says it is illegal.
“I am very happy this meeting has happened, there were very many people who did not want it to happen. I would like to thank those of you who have traveled from far to reach here,” said Ssemujju.
“You elected me to speak for FDC something I have done for the last eight years. I was also elected by the people of Kira Municipality to represent them in Parliament and members of NEC elected me to lead the FDC group in Parliament,” he added.
The disagreement among the leaders emanates from unresolved party wrangling involving party leadership, led by FDC president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and party secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi (Budadiri County West MP).
Nandala and Oboi are also accused of failing to implement key party decisions as were agreed by national executive council (NEC) members.
Ssemujju noted that they have the duty to cause the return of every party member, revealing that many of them are stranded where they are. “We must also make everybody who is a leader and member of FDC comfortable.”
“It is this observation that made us think twice about rushing these elections,” he said.
He noted that Internal elections help political parties renew themselves. Unfortunately, he says internal elections, which provide an opportunity to present themselves again, are being selfishly bungled.
“The struggle to stop Mr. Museveni from installing himself as a life President in 2003-2004 played a key role in the formation of the fdc.”
At the meeting, Ssemujju said “Museveni’s family has taken over our country. They are now robbing us in broad daylight. They are more dangerous than those robbing mobile money kiosks.”
“Every day, we spend UGX 1.1 billion on Museveni and his wife because their children have grown and left State House. We are spending UGX 47.7 million per hour on Museveni. We are spending UGX 800,000 on Museveni and his wife per minute.”
“Museveni’s son, a serving military officer in total violation of the Constitution and UPDF Act, is involved in partisan politics in which other generals like Tumukunde were arrested and detained for.”
“Museveni’s wife is in charge of our education, which all of you know has high levels of dropouts, yet she has an annual budget of over a trillion shillings.”