FDC TO NAME PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OCTOBER 6th 2020
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) National Council is scheduled to convene on October 6th 2020 which is Tuesday next week to among other things elect the party’s presidential candidate for the forthcoming elections.
The Council will, on behalf of the National Delegates Conference, choose between Hon. Eng. Patrick Amuriat (FDC President) and Ambassador Waswa Birigwa (FDC Chairmen).
The two aspiring candidates are currently in Western Uganda where they have held joint campaigns since last week. They are being accompanied by the party Secretary General Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Electoral Commission Chairman Toterebuka Bamwenda and FDC Vice Chairman for Western Uganda Hon. Roland Mugume Kaginda.
The candidates met delegates from Ankore in Mbarara and Bushenyi on Saturday. They also campaigned in Rukungiri, Kanungu and met the rest of Kigezi delegates in Kabale last evening.
Today the candidates will address their last meeting in Kasese where they are meeting delegates from the Rwenzori sub-region.
The Secretary General and especially the FDC Vice Chairman for Western Uganda are also simultaneously reconciling FDC leaders who were divided by the party primaries.
The candidates are expected in Kampala tomorrow morning and after refreshing they will head north and East for their last engagements with the delegates.
The FDC National Council comprises District Chairmen and Members of the Nationa Executive Committee. The District Chairmen coming to the Council will first convene delegates from their respective districts to obtain mandate to elect a presidential candidate on their behalf.
The Council will also transact other business which the Secretary General will circulate in due course.
FDC MOURN THE PASSING OF AL-HAJJ NASSER SSEBAGGALA
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) expresses its deepest condolence to the family of Al-Hajj Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala upon the demise of the former Kampala Mayor.
Our condolence to the whole nation. Ssebaggala will be remembered for inspiring the urban poor and uneducated to participate in the elections. Remember his rise in 1998 came approximately after the 1996 presidential elections which dashed hopes of many Ugandans. Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere a pro change candidate had just lost this election. The Ssebaggala victory in Kampala restored hope. May the Almighty be pleased with his service.
THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION
As you are aware nominations of candidates for the local government is concluding this week on Thursday October 1st. These nominations have been poorly conducted especially in urban centres where the number of councilors are obviously high. Candidates have had to sleep at nomination centres in Wakiso, Mukono and other areas. In some extreme cases, candidates have had to bribe security personnel at the gates in order to access returning officers.
Mid way the exercise in Waksio, the format of nominations changed from first come first serve to allocating days to constituency. Some candidates are up to now without certificate of nominations. Candidates of the NRM by-passed lines and were nominated first just because they are NRM.
The Justice Byabakama Commission must investigate these irregularities or else they will be repeated during the general elections.
Now that candidates have/are being nominated, the Electoral Commission must issue clear and specific guidelines on how campaigns are going to be conducted. We need to know the number of meetings and number of attendees local government candidates are allowed. Of course the number of people attending MPs and presidential campaigns should be high. The EC must also reign in on Police to stop dispersing campaign meetings.
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda