Five Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party senior members in Gulu have petitioned their party President, General Mugisha Muntu, to halt the grassroots polls in the district citing irregularities.
In their May 11th letter, the members invite Muntu to Gulu district to unite the party, which they claim is disintegrating because of their chairman, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi.
They are Kenneth Nyeko, the Gulu District FDC General Secretary, Francisco Watdok, the chairman Koro sub county, Olweny Balington P’Ongwech, chairman Bungatira Sub County, Komakech Patrick, the Gulu FDC spokesperson and Aswa County FDC chairman Chris Owen.
Trouble between the five senior FDC members and Mapenduzi started when they met President Yoweri Museveni two weeks ago at the UPDF’s 4th Divisions Barracks without notifying the party leadership.
Mapenduzi accused the members of pocketing money from the president to defect to the ruling National Resistance Movement party.
He threatened to drag them before the party disciplinary committee saying they can no longer be trusted.
The five FDC party members deny pocketing bribes to defect to NRM saying they only got Shillings 300,000 each, for transport just like all the other people who met the president.
Now, the affected FDC party members have taken their battle to the party president.
In their petition, the officials accuse Mapenduzi of alienating his perceived enemies.
Olweny Balington P’Ongwech, the chairman Bungatira Sub County says Mapenduzi has barred them from participating in the grassroots polls, which are scheduled to start on Wednesday.
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu FDC chairperson maintains the five members cannot be trusted because they met the president without notifying the party leadership, a thing they can’t take lightly.
Last week, Mapenduzi wrote to General Muntu to task the five members to account for their meeting with the President.
General hasn’t yet responded to the letter.
Meanwhile, the party has rolled out its grassroots elections in 16 more sub regions.
This follows the successful completion of the grassroots elections in West Nile, Rwenzori and Teso sub regions early this month.
Some of the sub regions that are conducting the grassroots polls this week include Busoga, Bunyoro, Toro, Kigezi, West Ankole and East Ankole among others.
Michael Kabuziguruka, the acting FDC party Electoral Commission chairperson told URN on Monday that the elections will start today and end on May 21st.
He describes the elections in the three sub regions a huge success saying they have not registered any complaints.
Kabuziguruka says once they complete the elections in the sixteen sub regions they will move to Kampala because of the dense population.
This, according to Kabuziguruka, will be followed by the National council sitting on May 25th to set the agenda for the National Delegates Conference due to take place on June 11th.
John Kikonyogo, the FDC publicity secretary says they are hopeful that the ongoing elections will also end successfully like the case has been in the other areas.
Swalleh Buga was eyeing the Arua District FDC seat but claims that he was locked out of the polls.
He accuses the top party officials of renewing the term of office for the current chairperson Hamza Manzu without conducting elections.
Kikonyogo denies the allegation saying Buga didn’t apply for the post when they called for applications.