FDC holds delegates meet after chaotic polls 



Incumbent FDC leaders in districts where grass root elections were halted will still attend the Party’s Delegates Conference due to take place on Friday, FDC leaders have said.

Dan Mugarura, the Party’s Electoral Commission Chairperson says they have resolved that the old leadership of the party will attend the Delegates Conference from districts where election results have been contested and areas where polls did not take place.

The election of FDC leaders at the grass root levels which started in April 15th was expected to end on May 25th but suffered setbacks on a number of districts.

In Kampala, the exercise was halted after police rounded up the party election officials for allegedly holding illegal assemblies.

This was aggravated by a number of anomalies and petitions from divisions across the district.

In Kawempe, all the four parishes of Makerere University were left out.

Other areas where results have been contested are Arua district, Arua municipality, Gulu Municipality, Kween district, Zombo and Soroti municipality among others.

In each of the affected areas, the party was expecting three delegates.

Mugarura says that because the petitions are still pending, current leaders will attend the Delegates Conference awaiting elections in the districts later.

However, Bruce Musema, an FDC member from Arua municipality accused the current leadership at the district of purposely failing to organize the elections after realizing that they will lose their posts.

He says they want to see free and fair elections in the party structure in order to pave way for strong contenders who can challenge NRM in the general election.

But Hamza Manzu, the incumbent FDC chairperson for Arua district says elections were stopped after some party leaders questioned the neutrality of some of the election officials who also wanted to be elected in the structures as well.

Rubaga grassroots polls marred by disagreements

On Monday, the FDC party Electoral Commission suspended the grassroots polls in Nakawa division over similar chaos.

Mugarura says the Rubaga Division grassroots polls hit a stalemate after members of rival camps failed to compromise on how to share posts on the executive.

Mugarura says they had tasked Faridah Nakabugo, the Rubaga South FDC chairperson-elect and her Rubaga North counterpart Jane Lubega to engage their teams and agree on how to share the eight positions.

He also says there were disagreements between the camp of Joyce Nabosa Ssebugwawo, the FDC national chairperson and her rival Hakim Lubinga. The two are front runners for the Rubaga Division FDC party chairperson’s seat.

According to the FDC structure, all the five city divisions are treated as districts.

Ssebugwawo’s supporter want elections conducted for the district executive while Lubinga’s camp want the posts shared equally.

Catherine Nagawa, a member of Lubinga’s camp defends their position to share the posts saying that is what has been happening right from the village levels.

However, the fresh grassroots polls held on Tuesday in Nakawa division ended well.

According to Mugarura the national delegates conference scheduled for Friday will proceed with or without the Rubaga division delegates.


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