KAMPALA — The Forum for Democratic Change party president, Patrick Amuriat Oboi has openly distanced himself and the party from the candidature of Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda for the Speaker of Parliament.
The Kiira Municipality Member of Parliament, who also doubles as the Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament, had positioned himself as the official opposition candidate and even unilaterally written letters to the presidents of other political parties to endorse his candidature.
Semujju also warned all members of the opposition to desist from supporting any candidate from the ruling National Resistance Movement party or risk disciplinary actions.
In a total disagreement with Ssemujju, Amuriat, himself a former Member of Parliament, said at the office of the Leader of Opposition that the voting of the Speaker of Parliament is going to be a secret ballot and no party will have any control over how its members are going to vote.
“The election of the Speaker is a secret ballot activity beyond the control of any political party, FDC inclusive,” said Amuriat.
The FDC president also said MPs are national characters beyond party affiliations and the election of the Speaker meant to be a non-partisan figure requires impartial wisdom.
“Members of Parliament are national characters and they play their roles beyond the partisan line of their political parties. Importantly, the choice for the Speaker should be a non-partisan and impartial substance,” said Amuriat.
Senior FDC leaders including Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament, Cecilia Ogwal; the Commissioner of Parliament, Francis Mwijukye; Kilak South MP, Gilbert Olanya and Amuru woman MP, Lucy Akello are among the party MPs who have openly declared their support for the incumbent Rebecca Kadaga.
It should be noted that no organ of FDC has sat and resolved that Ssemujju is the party choice but the Kiira municipality legislator is masquerading himself as the official candidate.
Ssemujju is also openly abusing his powers as the FDC party Spokesman by using the party social media pages to carry out his campaigns at the expense of another candidate Yusuf Nsibambi.