FDC: We won polls, we’re nolonger opposition

MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda addressing journalists in Kampala recently

MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda addressing journalists in Kampala recently

FDC party on Monday declined to name a Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) replacing Wafula Oguttu.

The party said this was because they won February elections and are no longer the opposition.

According to electoral commission results, President Yoweri Museveni got 60 percent of the total vote followed by Kizza Besigye with 35 percent.

FDC, on the other hand, says Besigye won the election with 52 percent and can prove this if an international independent audit was to be conducted.

Besigye even recently took oath as a people’s president only to be arrested and imprisoned on treason charges.

Ssemujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson, says they will not refer their leader in Parliament as ‘Leader of Opposition’ who will be announced today, probably.

FDC top organ National Executive Committee [NEC] was due to sit today and approve whichever name is forwarded for the position of LOP.

“We are not going to boycott leadership at Parliament. The names and functions is what we might disagree on,” Nganda explained.

He said the party president Mugisha Muntu will recommend names and then the FDC top leaders will vet the names and make a decision.

The names expected to be on the list include; Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza, Nganda himself and Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal.

Nganda said officials had a meeting yesterday and will have two more today to choose among others, the ‘Leader of FDC in Parliament’.

“I have seen names floating around. You do not apply for this job. Hon Wafula Oguttu was never even a favourite. The party president picks.”

Nganda noted that once one has a forest of NRM people the other side, one needs a good leader on one’s side.

“We have not boycotted Parliament. We didn’t boycott the presidency; that’s why Kizza Besigye is in prison.”

“Is it possible to be in Parliament and continue offering resistance, some of us think it is possible? Others in FDC don’t,” he pointed out.

Nganda revealed that FDC was looking at Parliament as another way of liberating themselves.

“We are appointing a person to lead the FDC in Parliament. Our leader (Kizza Besigye) is in Luzira. Our headquarters are still under police siege. Yesterday, police told us it was still a crime scene.”


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