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FDC Party Suspends Top Leaders Amid Internal Power Struggles

A faction within the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has expressed their disappointment with a High Court judge's decision not to halt the National Delegates’ Conference scheduled by the party secretariat on October 6.
FDC Suspends Amuriat and Mafabi, Appoints Lukwago as Interim President
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The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) National Executive Council suspended their president, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, and Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi, from the party on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. The party also appointed Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago as the interim party president.

The decision was made at an extraordinary National Delegates Conference that took place at the party’s Katonga offices in Kampala, despite objections by police and heavy deployment. The conference also resolved to extend the leadership of the FDC party organs by another six months from October 8, 2023.

In a statement read by party spokesman Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the FDC said that Amuriat, Mafabi, and Treasurer General Geoffrey Ekanya had been suspended and were being investigated over their dealings. Lukwago, deputy treasurer Francis Mwijukye, and Harold Kaija, the deputy secretary general, will assume the roles of the suspended officials.

The conference also set aside elections organised by Toterebuka Bamwenda.

The Delegates Conference took place amid heavy police deployment, with several delegates blocked from reaching the venue. This came a day after the court halted the FDC Extra Ordinary Delegates conference.

Earlier, FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda wondered why the police were interfering in internal party matters.

“We wrote to them to provide security at our conference and they said they were unable. So we also told them that we don’t need their security. So I wonder what they want,” he told journalists, insisting that the conference will go on.

Mwijukye, the FDC Deputy Treasurer, also said the party’s Extraordinary Delegates Conference would proceed, despite a court injunction.

Mwijukye claimed that the halt to the conference had been premeditated, alleging that the party’s Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and President Patrick Amuriat had actively sought to obstruct the event from the beginning.

The FDC Deputy Treasurer further asserted that the party leadership had found no legal avenue to stop the conference except through obtaining a court injunction.

“The three persons who petitioned the court are Nandala’s personal assistants, and they sued the Secretary General Nandala and President Amuriat. The same individuals who are against the delegates conference, it was clear collusion,” Mwijukye claimed.

Mwijukye also alleged a potential conflict of interest, stating that Justice Esther Nambayo, who handled a record nine cases concerning the FDC, including the injunction against the Extraordinary Delegates Conference, is Nandala’s niece.

Speaking in a television interview on Monday, September 18, Birigwa wondered why Nandala Mafabi and Patrick Amuriat were rushing to block the delegates’ conference he called. Amuriat and Mafabi have disassociated themselves from the conference, saying it was not planned or budgeted for by the party.

The suspension of Amuriat and Mafabi is the latest development in the ongoing internal wrangles within the FDC. The party has been divided into two factions, one led by Amuriat and Mafabi, and the other led by Birigwa and Besigye. The two factions have been at odds over how to lead the party and prepare for the 2026 general elections.

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