Bribery Allegations Re-surface Ahead of FDC Delegates Conference

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Forum for Democratic Change—FDC Members of Parliament are alleging bribery by the ruling NRM party ahead of the opposition party’s delegates’ conference set for Thursday.

Forum for Democratic Change—FDC Members of Parliament are alleging bribery by the ruling NRM party ahead of the opposition party’s delegates’ conference set for Thursday.

Reagan Okumu, Aswa County MP, claims that the NRM inner circle who still want President Yoweri Museveni to be a front runner in the 2016 general elections have mobilized money that they are dishing out to FDC delegates.

Okumu says he confronted Muruli Mukasa, the minister for security because he is also responsible for classified funding which money can be abused and not directly accounted for.

The FDC recently made it public that it was struggling to raise the 250 million shillings needed to host the delegates’ conference.

However, Okumu says it beats his understanding to see some delegates being given an allowance by presidential candidates to the tune of 200,000 shillings as airtime only.

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Aruu County MP Odonga Otto says delegates from his constituency were given between 500,000 and 700,000 shillings. Otto also cites Charles Rwomushana and Onapito Ekomoloit, who have been expressing interest particularly on Nandala Mafabi and not Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu.

Onapito is the current Corporate Affairs Director at Nile Breweries and former presidential press secretary. Rwomushana, who is currently a researcher for ACODE, worked as the Head of Political Intelligence in the Office of the President until October 2008 when he was fired for being critical of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s involvement in the Temangalo saga.

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These allegations come on the heels of a stern warning by Muntu while meeting delegates at Pope Paul Memorial today that they should not be money minded. Muntu says some of his colleagues have made money a central part of the 90 day campaign instead of looking at leadership values.

During nominations three months ago, Nandala Mafabi had made allegations that Muntu had not paid the two million shillings required as per the party electoral commission guidelines. During the debate, Nandala also alluded that Muntu has not made any significant financial contribution to the party.

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The FDC elections are set for Thursday this week when the over 800 delegates will choose between former army commander Major General Muntu, Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Nandala Mafabi.