This is my first time to address this National Delegates Conference as the Chairperson of the Party.
On 11 June 2015, I stood before you as a candidate for the same position and I am now indeed delighted to receive all of you and express my renewed pleasure in having the opportunity to meet with you again today.
I wish to begin by recognizing the elders the Party who are gone but have left behind a legacy of putting together a well-organized party.
I want to specifically note the Late Dr. Suleiman Kiggundu, the first National Chairperson of FDC and my predecessor, the late Hon. Sam Njuba.
Without their sacrifices towards fighting for democracy, we would not be assembled here today.
Such gatherings as this, serve as basis for bonding together as members of one great party, the FDC. It is also a platform to renew our commitment to our great party and a signal to the World for our belief in the tenets of democracy.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our meeting here today is for a very important assignment under the theme, “Enhancing Peaceful Democratic Political Change”.
How we conduct our affairs today therefore will be the signal to the world of our readiness to give Uganda a better alternative government.
Today it is the people of the party that should have their say. What the delegates assembled here today decide on is what should hold. It should be the guiding principle for all of us. We should all unite behind whatever comes out and put our personal biases aside.
We should not give room to discontent. We should not give room for rancor. We should not give room for division within our ranks. We should leave here as one strong, united party.
We should show the world that we are one family of many party and do realize that our strength lies in our collectiveness and singleness of purpose. And I tell you my dear friends, brothers and sisters that power is there for our taking if only we put our house in order.
Today, we should leave this meeting, well rejuvenated and ready to face 2016. Ladies and gentlemen, I tell you, that if we are able to show this singleness of purpose and show to the world that we are strong, united body, a greater part of the job to recapture power in 2016 would have been done.
The world is watching, Ugandans are watching, we dare not fail them. We dare not fail ourselves.
I lastly re-echo two words, Mobilise and Organise. I argue all of you to go back and Mobilise and Organise yourselves for 2016. We should demonstrate our strong capacity to secure and protect our vote.
We should insist to know the results at every polling station. We should not be afraid of being beaten; we cannot give away the future of our country because of fear.
Lastly, I want to thank God for this opportunity He has accorded us to elect leaders of the Forum for Democratic Change.
I wish to thank all of you who have offered yourselves for various leadership positions and especially Dr. Kizza Besigye and Maj. Gen.(Rtd) Mugisha Muntu who have traversed this country with dignity and made FDC proud. I wish all you he best of luck!
It is now my pleasure to declare the 6th National Delegates Conference of the Forum for Democratic Change Open.
One Uganda One People!
I thank you for your attention.
Amb. Wasswa Biriggwa