INTERNAL RE-ORGANIZATION AND PREPARATION FOR BYE-ELECTIONS
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Hon. Eng. Patrick Amuriat, Secretary General Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi and other senior party leaders concluded the tour to Eastern Uganda districts which began on Thursday 28th October 2021 in Busoga.
The aim of these meetings is to check on the health of the FDC in these areas. Reports about the 2021 elections are presented and discussed. The leadership of the party in respective districts is also audited to establish positions that have fallen vacant as a result of desertion, deaths, migration, loss of interest in leadership and other factors as a way of preparing to build new structures.
The FDC leaders will by Friday, 12th November will kick off to the Northern Uganda in the different sub regions of Lango, Acholi & West Nile.
Districts where review meeting were held are instructed to refill vacant positions. All leaders elected under the re-fill exercise are holding positions on an interim basis until internal party elections will be held.
The meetings have also discussed pending local government elections where the Electoral Commission has announced vacancies. FDC leaders in these particular areas have been instructed to select candidates who will represent the party in these elections.
After West Nile, the FDC leaders will visit and hold meetings in Western Uganda starting with Bunyoro.
LIFT CURFEW TIME.
The FDC is concerned with how curfew time is being implemented by the Uganda police, which has continuously abused it
We propose that curfew time be lifted to at least to 10:00pm to allow people finish up with their work, do evening shopping and travel back home. With the current situation, people start moving at about 6pm trying to beat curfew of 7pm and they end up joining the road at the same time causing traffic jam and delaying on the road. By the time a person gets home it is already past curfew and police men use this opportunity to extort money from the citizens.
The current time of curfew for Bodabodas is the time when people are going back home and the right time for boda bodas to work. We would therefore advise that curfew time be lifted up to 10pm.
ROAD TOLLING SYSTEM AT ENTEBBE EXPRESS HIGHWAY
The Entebbe express highway costed Uganda tax payers to a tune of USD476Million. Out of this, USD350Million is a loan from Exim Bank of China at a 2% annual interest.
This makes it the most expensive road in the whole world. We also understand that the loan has to be paid back through the road tolling system, but the figure they have charged for vehicles to use the road is too high for our ordinary citizens.
The Government is busy charging Ugandans exorbitantly yet they are paying the former Vice President and Prime Minister double salaries, one as a former Prime Minister/Vice President and another as Presidential Advisor. If the President had wanted them to continue advising, then he shouldn’t have reshuffled them.
We therefore advise that the figure be reduced if Government is to recover the money and the citizens continue using the road.
FDC DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON