Bruised FDC fights NUP for political space

NUP president Bobi Wine and FDC President POA (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA — From the closure of the just concluded general elections, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has been trying to downplay all the efforts by the budding National Unity Platform (NUP) which is the leading opposition party.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has been providing opposition leadership in parliament for the last 15 years, since the rebirth of multiparty politics in Uganda, due to its numerical strength.

However, NUP, is a social-liberal and progressive political party in Uganda led by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine emerged as the most dominant opposition party having won 61 parliamentary seats.

This effectively means that it’s the party to provide opposition leadership in parliament.

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When the FDC presidential candidate who doubles as the party president, Eng. Patrick Amuriat Oboi embarrasingly scooped only 3% of the total polls, he held a presser in the election aftermath and scoffed at the NUP party which showed signs of pursuing the legal path.

A visibly angry Amuriat declared that as FDC they were not to take the court path because all who take that direction are ‘wasting time and resources’.

Amuriat in what appeared to be an agreement with the NRM propagandists laughed off at the NUP when he remarked that their 32 MP elects have a national outlook since they were voted from all regions.

Just like the NRM, POA who heads the FDC wanted to make it appear like NUP is only a ‘Buganda’ wave.

Credible sources in the FDC National Executive Committee (NEC) which is the engine of the party intimate that a crisis meeting was summoned in Kasangati at Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye’s home.

In that meeting, the party discussed its poor performance and how they would utilize this post election period to win back the hearts of the already frustrated Ugandan populace.

One of the issues raised in the meeting was the ‘Kyagulanyi factor’ who back then was under house arrest.

Party bigwigs including the secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi, suggested that as FDC, they were not to comment or meddle in the house detention crisis of Mr. Wine whom he claim had antagonized and influenced the FDC’s defeat in many regions.

At a recent media briefing, FDC also mocked Mr. Wine for instilling all his hopes in the whites who they claim cannot do anything to liberate Ugandans.

A team of propagandists led by former Makerere reseracher Dr. Stella Nyanzi was secretly commissioned to publicly attack Mr Wine.

The FDC candidate came third in the January 14, 2021 parliamentary elections won by NUP candidate, Shamim Malende.

In a series of poems, she has been attacking Mr Wine and FDC hasn’t called her to order.

Apparently, Eng. Amuriat will this Thursday launch the party’s nationwide mobilization programme to win back FDC support.

This was revealed by party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda at a press conference on Monday.

Ssemujju said Amuriat will lead a delegation of top FDC leaders who will include Nandala Mafabi and Chairman Ambassador Waswa Birigwa.

Ssemujju said the purpose of these meetings is to review the party’s performance in the last elections.

A report detailing what happened in each of the districts will be compiled and presented to National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Council for processing.

The report and the subsequent discussion will form the basis for the next FDC internal elections scheduled for mid this year.

Source at the party headquarters said all efforts are being made to neutralise Mr. Wine after several FDC leaders lost to his party.

Bobi Wine had strong support in cities, where frustration with unemployment and corruption is high.

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