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FDC woes on as Lukwago take top-hot seat

(Last Updated On: 19 September 2023)

Kampala I The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party’s internal woes are not about to end with two powerful factions now in place.

On Tuesday, Sept., 19, under the leadership of the national chairman Amb Birigwa Wasswa, Patrick Amuriat Oboi (President) and Nandala Mafabi (Secretary General) were replaced by a section of party delegates at a conference held in Kampala.

Also voted out of office was Geoffrey Ekanya, the party’s national treasurer.

Currently, the FDC party is divided – with both groups accusing one another of “trying to kill the party” and another claiming one group “got funding from the regime” to enter into cooperation.

At least shs7b “donated” to Obia and the group is wanted to be accounted for by those close to the former party president, Dr Kizza Besigye.

Amuriat and his team at Najjanakumbi have strongly denied receiving funding from the regime. Two months ago, he (Oboi) said they were not ready to publicly announce sources of their funding to protect them (external funders).

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His statement angered the pro-Besigye camp with some calling on him and Nandala to step down.

As per Tuesday’s decision, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago is the acting party president – while Kaija Harold becomes the Secretary-General in an acting capacity.

Francis Mwijuka is the acting national treasurer. The position of the party spokesperson was not changed, and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda expected to hold the microphone until further notice.

It is worth noting that FDC is a party full of defiant people. Some from Nandala’s camp who have talked to TND News say it is still “game on”. “We’ll not accept defeats or the outcomes of the Tuesday’s delegate conference.”

“Our delegates’ conference is next month and we are waiting for it. What has taken place won’t shake us. We have everything to come on top,” another delegate who preferred to talk on condition of anonymity, said.

Earlier in the day, the Police blocked the pro-Katonga Road group from holding a meeting in Busaabala because they were not cleared by the Court.

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Determined to cause changes, the group left for Katonga Road in Nakasero, Kampala, where a successful conference took place.

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