KAMPALA – Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi Sempala capped a week of public fallout with her party, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) clashing with the Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi on live TV.
Mr. Nandala, appearing with the Kampala Woman MP on NTV’s On-the-Spot, a live political show Thursday night, sought to dismiss the contribution of Ms Nabilah to party activities, branding her “a member who only shows up during elections”.
Mr. Nandala, explaining why the party seemed hostile to Ms Nabilah, who has flown it’s flag since 2006, indicated the party was saying enough is enough because the Kampala Woman MP had abandoned it’s activities and was not even contributing financially as required of it’s sponsored legislators.
Ms Nabilah was not taking non of it, accusing a section of party hierarchy allied to stalwart Dr. Kizza Besigye of creating a hostile environment at Najjanankumbi, the party headquarters.
“FDC is like an abattoir where political death happens,” said Nabilah.
At the climax of the highly emotive show, Mr. Nandala challenged Ms Nabilah why she had not voted in the age limit constitutional amendment, to which the Kampala woman MP responded:
“I was on sick leave”.
“Then why didn’t you die?” Mr. Nandala retorted sparking an altercation in the studio with Ms Nabilah opting to leave the show amid drama.
Show host Patrick Kamara forced Mr. Nandala to withdraw the statement and the highly charged show continued.
Ms Nabilah, who is seeking to unseat Erias Lukwago, a member of the opposition Democratic Party but a key FDC ally was Wednesday bounced by the FDC from returning nomination and the party described her as an impostor.
FDC stalwarts see Ms Nabilah as a lukewarm member of the country’s strongest opposition party and have been working to throw her out.
The FDC Electoral Commission rejected nomination papers for Ms Nabilah who is seeking to run for Kampala Lord Mayorship in the 2021 general election, saying she failed to beat the deadline of submitting in her nomination that ended on Tuesday.
The initial deadline for all interested FDC party aspirants to return nomination forms was on July 7 but the party extended it for seven more days until July 14.