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Declare your loyalty, FDC tells party leaders

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FDC secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi. File photo.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has given its members holding leadership and elective positions in the party up to October 15, 2018 to declare their loyalty to the party or risk having their membership revoked.

In a statement dated October 1, and signed by the party’s secretary general and Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi, all leaders and elected members of the party have been requested to indicate to the party, in writing, whether they are still members of the FDC within 14 days.

“This is to request all party leaders and elected officials on the party mandate to indicate in writing, whether they are still members of FDC within 14 days. Non response will be treated as renouncement of membership,” the statement reads in part.

The audit follows recent political events in the party that saw former party president, Maj. Gen. (rtd) Mugisha Muntu quit the biggest opposition party last Thursday.

“Following these political events in the party, it has been decided to undertake a membership audit at all leadership and elective levels,” the statement reads.

Abubaker Maganda, the Jinja district FDC chairperson, said it is necessary to carry out the audit owing to the hullabaloo that Gen. Muntu’s defection has caused.

“I support the audit. You are either with us or against us. It is time to separate men from boys,” Mr Maganda said.

But Musa Bulagala, Kigulu South County FDC flagbearer during the 2016 general elections, said he will not declare his loyalty because FDC needs him more than he needs it.

“I have sacrificed a lot for the FDC and I feel there should be no strings attached on my membership to the party,” he said.

The biggest opposition party was last week thrown into disarray after Gen. Muntu announced a breakway from the party that he served as party president between 2012 and 2017.

Gen Muntu attributed the breakaway to differences in Ideology, which he said had denied him space in a party he helped to form.

Announcing the breakaway at Hotel Africana in Kampala, the revered bush war General announced the rolling out of a new formation that he said will be announced before December 25.

“Our consultations revealed that the party was deeply divided among those who believed in defiance and those who believe in caution and building structure,” Gen Muntu said.

He said his departure from FDC is in good faith and beneficial to the FDC and all those leaving the party.
“When I was FDC president, there was a lot of internal strife which was not good for the party. Therefore instead of fighting over strategy, our departure will allow Hon Patrick Oboi to pursue his strategy unencumbered,” Gen. Muntu said.

Some of the MPs in attendance included Kasese Woman MP and former leader of opposition Winnie Kizza, Ntugamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Jinja Municipality East MP Paul Mwiru, national Youth female MP Anne Adeke, among other politicians.

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