FDC officials miss polls over Museveni bribe


President Museveni (R) hands over an envelope with money to an official in Iganga


Two of the five Forum for Democratic-FDC Party officials in Gulu district under fire for meeting President Yoweri Museveni have reportedly been blocked from registering and participating in grassroots elections.

They are Chris Okoya Owen, the Aswa County FDC party chairman and Gulu District FDC spokesperson Patrick Komakech.

Chris Okoya Owen, the Aswa County FDC party chairman says he went to register on Saturday but was turned away by the enrollment officers saying he had defected to the ruling National Resistance Movement.

According to Okoya, the enrollment officers told him that they were under instructions from Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu FDC party chairperson not to register any of the five officials until their issues are cleared by the disciplinary committee.

The other officials are Balington Olweny, the LC V councilor Bungatira Sub County, his Koro Counterpart Francisco Watdok and the party general secretary Kenneth Nyeko.

Trouble for the five FDC officials started after they met President Museveni in Gulu last month without notifying the party leadership.

Mapenduzi accused the five councilors of pocketing money from the president saying they are on the verge of crossing to NRM.

However, the five officials accuse Mapenduzi of fighting them because he looks at them as a threat ahead of the 2016 polls.

Patrick Komakech, the Gulu FDC spokesperson says that he was also turned away from participating in the party activities.

Komakech says that he has tried to establish what is happening concerning the party but he has been locked out.

The FDC party grassroots elections started on Monday last week and will end by 21st of this month.

Mapenduzi denies issuing any instructions blocking the officials from participating in the grassroots elections.

He however, says the officials were blocked by other party members who don’t trust them.

Mapenduzi says the councilors cannot get away with what they did until they apologize.

Betty Aol Ochan, the Gulu FDC Vice chairperson in Gulu says it is not right to block the councilors from registering and actively participating in the grassroots elections.

She says the public now knows the accused FDC members and it is upon them to elect or reject them.

She also says FDC party officials in Northern Uganda don’t trust the five officials they are on the verge of crossing.

Francisco Watdok the Koro Sub county chairperson says because of the current situation he will seek re-election on an independent ticket.

He dismisses claims that he has already crossed to the NRM adding that some FDC members are fighting them.

Attempts by URN to speak to General Mugisha Muntu,the FDC president to comment on the standoff in Gulu were futile as his phone was switched off.


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