The controversial fall out between FDC and their DP and UPC counterparts over the EALA elections is seriously threatening the unity of opposition parties in parliament.
A crisis meeting of FDC that was chaired by Alice Alaso on Thursday at their offices in Najjanankumbi discussed how to throw out the nine DP and UPC shadow ministers and instead work with interested members of the UPC and DP.
Wafula Oguttu, the FDC Spokesman, who attended the Thursday meeting, says the main discussion centered around how to forge a new work method and not rely on the party unity.
//Cue In: “We have to go back……….
Cue Out: “……..individuals but not as parties.”//
FDC is bitter that despite an agreement by the entire opposition in parliament to boycott the EALA elections to force NRM to accept to share equally the slots, UPC and DP went behind their back and nominated a candidate each to contest in the next Wednesday elections.
Denis Mukasa Mbidde was nominated for DP while UPC nominated Chris Opoka. Both were supported by their party Secretary General. The NRM has refused to share the EALA slots equally with the opposition arguing that they cannot get the same number of slots against smaller parties in the national parliament.
While UPC says they decided to nominate after DP did so and they feared to lose out completely, DP says it has no apologies to make. Mbidde who was the chief architect of the court case in Arusha said he is participating in order to get more grounds to back his case.
He says instead that it was the FDC that for the last ten years denied the smaller parties representation to EALA. The final elections are slated for Wednesday next week.