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FDC: Mafabi To Retain Seat As Leader of Opposition.

Forum for Democratic Change top party organ, the management committee, has agreed that Nandala Mafabi retain his seat as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

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Forum for Democratic Change top party organ, the management committee, has agreed that Nandala Mafabi retain his seat as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

Mafabi is contesting for the party presidency against Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Secretary for Mobilization, and Geoffrey Ekanya, the shadow Minister for Finance.

However, there was debate as to whether Mafabi should resign his job so as not to have an added advantage over the other candidates.

Toterebuka Bamwenda, the Deputy Spokesperson, says the party leadership has resolved that Nandala’s position is not a civil service office but political.

He is mandated to inform the Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, in case he is absent, for what period and notify her on who should sit in for him.

Bamwenda adds that it has been agreed that Mafabi shall not use any public resources while campaigning and carrying out private work.

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Some members of the party National Executive Committee had raised the issue of Mafabi stepping down as Leader of Opposition during the campaign period.

However Dr. Kiiza Besigye, the party President, last argued that the controversy is on the definition of what a government office is. He also revealed that Alice Alaso, the party Secretary General, was asked to write to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament on Mafabi taking leave.

However, Nandala has always argued that he holds a political office and he is not a civil servant.

Dan Mugarura, the party electoral commissioner, also confirms that they have agreed that Mafabi should not vacate his office just because he is running for the top party job.

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