The rift between FDC and other opposition political parties was openly witnessed in Parliament on Wednesday, as the East African Legislative Assembly elections got underway. Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition and a member of FDC declared that UPC and DP were not part of the opposition.
The rift between FDC and other opposition political parties was openly witnessed in Parliament on Wednesday, as the East African Legislative Assembly elections got underway.
Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition and a member of FDC declared that UPC and DP were not part of the opposition. Amid booing and sarcastic laughter from legislators especially from the ruling NRM party, Mafabi asked Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who is the leader of government business in parliament, to deal with FDC as the only opposition party in parliament.
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Mafabi was angered by open comments made by both UPC and DP whips saying their candidates are dully nominated and will participate in the elections contrary to the agreed position that all opposition parties boycott the elections.
Betty Amongi, the UPC party whip told parliament that the party consulted with NRM and asked for their support for Chris Opoka’s candidature. Amongi revealed that UPC also consulted with the Democratic Party which decided to field Fred Mukasa Mbidde.
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Joseph Sewungu, the deputy DP whip also departed from the boycott engineered by FDC saying the party would participate in the elections. He noted that their struggle to go to court over the EALA elections was not in vain. DP legal advisor Mukasa Mbidde, who would become the party candidate for EALA, petitioned the East African Court of Justice on the conduct of the elections.
To set the record, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga noted that the MPs from DP and UPC parties were dully nominated and would not be wished off from parliament. She also distanced herself from Mafabi’s stand on the shadow cabinet stating that it is up to the opposition to put their house in order.
Conservative Party president Ken Lukyamuzi also disowned the party candidate, Dr Edward Kayondo saying he was irregularly nominated. Lukyamuzi, who is also Rubaga South MP tried to convince the Speaker that Kayondo was nominated by Dan Walyemera, who according to Lukyamuzi, was suspended as CP secretary general. After failing to convince the house, Lukyamuzi stormed out.
In the Shadow Cabinet, DP has Betty Nambooze as the minister for local government, Sebuliba Mutumba as the Works and Infrastructure development minister, Michael Lulume Bayiga as the minister for health and Medard Sseggona, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. UPC has Jacinto Ogwal as the relief and disaster minister while Benson Obua holds the ICT docket.
FDC accuses DP and UPC of going ahead and nominating to secretly nominate candidates yet they had agreed as opposition to boycott the exercise. This stemmed from failure by the parties to convince NRM to follow Article 50 of the East African Treaty that outlines sharing of the slots amongst political parties represented in the House.
FDC, which held its EALA primaries on Tuesday, now misses out at the regional parliament, unless the party secures an injunction from the regional court where they ran to in an attempt to block the exercise.
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