Speaking on Thursday at the party headquarters where several members of FDC convened to pick nomination forms ahead of a delegate's conference in October, Amuriat dismissed the Tuesday resolutions saying that those appointed were leaders of Katonga. He described the Tuesday meeting as another attempted coup at the legitimate leadership of the FDC.
The President of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC Eng
Patrick Oboi Amuriat has dismissed the resolution to suspend him and other
On Tuesday, an extra Ordinary Delegates Conference convened in Kampala by the FDC Party National Chairman Wasswa Birigwa resolved to suspend Amuriat, the
party Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and the Treasurer Geoffrey
The meeting appointed an Interim committee with Erias Lukwago, who is the Party
Vice President in charge of Buganda as the Party President, Harold Kaija who is
the Deputy Secretary General as the General Secretary, and Francis Mwijukye, the Deputy Treasurer as
Speaking on Thursday at the party headquarters where several members of FDC
convened to pick nomination forms ahead of a delegate's conference in October,
Amuriat dismissed the Tuesday resolutions saying that those appointed were
leaders of Katonga. He described the Tuesday meeting as another attempted coup
at the legitimate leadership of the FDC.
Amuriat accused Birigwa of convening an illegal delegates conference. He
also revealed his intentions to suspend Birigwa and other party leaders for paying
allegiance to Katonga and failing at their mandate. His plan, however, he said
is still being failed by the party's working committee.
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The party is split into two factions after the Spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju
Nganda convened FDC delegates at Sharing Hall in Nsambya Kampala and informed
them that the Secretary-General Nandala had received billions of
"dirty" money which he together with Amuriat used luxuriously during
the 2021 elections. The allegation although made officially public by Ssemujju,
originated from FDC's founding party President Dr Kiiza Besigye way back in
The allegations denied by Nandala
positioned him, Amuriat, and other top party officials on one side and Besigye,
Ssemujju, Lukwago, Mwijukye, and others in another faction.
Attempts to reconcile the two sides
have since failed, creating two factions, with Nandala based at the party
headquarters and Dr Besigye at his office at Katonga in Kampala Central.
But Amuriat said that the events at the Katonga-based FDC members are meant to
force him and others out of the party leadership. He said that when he assumed
the leadership of the party, they wanted him to work under their armpits which
he could not accept.
He apologized to the members of FDC
for appointing Lukwago as his deputy, saying that he made a wrong judgment of
someone who had turned out to be a mercenary of FDC members who are based at
the Katonga office.
Amuriat said that those who want to
take up positions in the party should participate in the ongoing election
He said that he shall stand for party President and plans to canvass for
support countrywide starting next week.
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Nandala revealed that he would contest for the position of Secretary General of
FDC. He again denied taking money from suspicious sources with the
intention of mortgaging the party. He bragged about being an intelligent man,
and his other colleagues too, such as Yusuf Nsibambi.
He criticized those accusing him of working with President Yoweri Museveni
and the National Resistance Movement-NRM party in anticipation of a government position.
Nandala said that
he has the confidence of lawyers that the election process the party is
undertaking is legal.
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Mawokota South Member of Parliament,
Yusuf Nsibambi, one of the lawyers in FDC also assured members that the
electoral process was legal and legitimate having been confirmed by the party's
National Council and the National Executive Committee-NEC.
Nsibambi said that whatever happened
at Katonga was illegal and that leadership can only be acquired
through a known electoral process.
The faction-based at the headquarters is scheduled to have a delegates’
conference on October 6, 2023.