Jinja FDC boss, Maganda, beats rival, retains seat  


Abubaker Maganda At Kakindu Community Centre (Photo by URN)


Abubakar Maganda has bounced back as Jinja District Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party chairman.

Maganda emerged winner in hotly contested polls held on Sunday afternoon at Kakindu community center in Jinja Central Division.

He polled 56 votes to defeat his rival Paul Kawanguzi who managed 17 votes. Three votes were not cast.

Hamidu Kitamirike, Chairman FDC grass roots elections in Jinja district says others  elected to the district executive are Christine Abuze, the Walukuba/ Masese division LC V Woman councilor who sailed through unopposed as vice chairperson.

Abuze replaces Agnes Kadama, a councilor at Kakira Town council who did not seek re-election.

Paul Kibwoigo bounced back as General Secretary with 38 votes after defeating Bilal Isabirye and Perinah Birungi.

Dr. Frank Nabwiso was elected Secretary for the Elderly and Pensioners, Rachael Kalulu Secretary for Women, Stella Adong Secretary for People with Disabilities- PWD’s and Treasure Mohammed Katuntubiro.

Paul Mwiru, the Jinja East Member of Parliament says the elections were a huge success adding that they managed to block some people from trying to plant a bad seed in the party leadership.

He explains that as MPs, they decided to front other people since they will remain on the executive as ex-officials and use their positions to influence key party decisions.

In his acceptance speech, Abubaker Maganda called on FDC party members to unite and work hard to deliver a landslide victory in the 2016 general elections.

He promised to sell the party policy agenda ahead of 2016 elections and re-brand the FDC party for unity.

Maganda says Paul Kawanguzi who lost the election will be a very vital ally in his portfolio as publicity secretary for Kagoma County.

Kawanguzi had earlier petitioned FDC party commissioner in charge of electoral affairs accusing Abubaker Maganda of hand picking election supervisors contrary to article 15 of the FDC election guidelines.

Magnada says the party is to embark on strengthening its grassroots support to ensure a soft landing for its candidates in the 2016 elections.

The FDC party is currently carrying out countrywide grassroots structure elections.


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