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FDC PREPS FOR MUHOOZI CANDIDACY

Patrick Amuriat speaking to FDC members in Arua

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

ARUA: FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022

While all political attention is focusing on the by-election campaigns to replace the late Speaker, Jacob Oulanya in Omoro County, top brass of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have headed to West Nile.

Party President Patrick Amuriat said the aim is to reclaim lost support in the region so that the 2026 general election finds them prepared for the possibility of the ruling National Resistance Movement fielding Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba as a presidential candidate.

“To NRM, we are sending out a strong message about the possibility of Mr [Yoweri] Museveni wanting to pass on power to his son,” he said.

Gen Kainerugaba, commander of the Land Forces of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces has been holding glamorous fetes to mark his 48th birth day which the FDC chief has interpreted as a statement of intent to pitch his fitness for presidency.

However Amuriat also acknowledged that FDC’s strength has waned in recent years with the party only securing two Parliamentary seats in West Nile while the NRM bagged the rest.

He blamed that loss of support on internal division generated by the FDC’s own election that propelled him to the party’s presidency and the deadly fracas between the security forces and the supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) during the by-election to replace the late Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga.

Amuriat said that standoff swayed FDC members to NUP in sympathy and others went to the Alliance for National Transformation headed by Gen Mugisha Muntu who had lost the FDC presidential polls to him.

Following a day long deliberation that brought together party officials from Terego, Madi-Okollo, Arua district and Arua City at the Daniel Comboni Youth Centre, the officials admitted that in the whole of Uganda, FDC is only well organized in Amolatar district.

Hassan Kaps Fungaro, the FDC head of national mobilization addressing the delegates in Arua

Amuriat urged party members to invest in money generating projects, advising that those planning to seek leadership in the coming elections should start setting aside resources to help them because the party’s resource envelop has dwindled.

FDC receives sh151m monthly from the government as part of state expenditure to support political parties that have representation in the Parliament.

That money is allocated according to the number of MPs that a party has, meaning that NUP which has 57 MPs gets more money from the government than FDC that has 32 MPs.

“Go back home to mobilize and recruit new members. Talk to our colleagues who left FDC to join other parties to come back,” he appealed.

To this Kaps Hassan Fungaro, the FDC national secretary for mobilization added: “mobilization must be done day and night, at parties, in churches and at funerals.”

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