Forum for Democratic Change primary elections that started this morning in the Bunyoro region are a quiet affair.
Unlike the National Resistance Movement primaries that drew hundreds, the opposition elections have presented only a handful of candidates. In Kiryandongo, Masindi, Hoima, Buliisa and Kibaale districts, the FDC has decided to choose consensus candidates to avoid splitting its support in the constituencies.
Kanyaihe Kanyarutokye, the FDC chairman for Kibaale, says the agreement on consensus candidates was made on Wednesday last week.
After the meeting, Muhamood Katuramu, a lecturer at Kyambogo University, announced that he was stepping down from the Masindi Municipal parliamentary contest in favor of his party-mate, Moses Tugume. This came as a surprise for many FDC members because it was only weeks ago that Katuramu accused the party leadership of snatching away the opposition from him unfairly. Katuramu said he declared his interest in the seat first and should have been given priority during the elections.
Isaac Kanyamu, the Masindi FDC chairman, says Katuramu stepped down voluntarily.
In Bujenje County, several FDC members are tussling it out to unseat Information and National Guidance Minister, Kabakumba Matsiko. A businessman, Justo Olema is contesting against Dan Kiiza, proprietor of the Excel Boarding Schools, for the FDC nomination.
In Hoima, FDC's strongest base in the region, no major primary elections are to be held. Party candidates were vetted in a process that is a tightly-guarded secret by the FDC leaders.
Masindi Bureau Chief