Hoima FDC Members Unhappy As Former Mayor Atugonza Goes Independent

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On Monday, Francis Atugonza was nominated to contest for the Hoima Mayoral seat as an independent candidate.

Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party members in Hoima are unhappy by the decision of party strong man Francis Atugonza to contest for the mayoral seat as an independent. 

On Monday, Atugonza was nominated to contest for the Hoima Mayoral seat as an independent candidate. The former FDC Secretary for Trade and Industry told journalists shortly after his nomination that he wanted to work with all people regardless of their political party affiliation.

He also distanced himself from allegations that he had crossed to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party as had widely been speculated. Atugonza's decision has not gone down well with FDC district officials, members and supporters.  

Azizi Kalyegira, the Hoima FDC General Secretary says Atugonza's decision to go independent amounts to double standards, which they can't tolerate as a party.


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According to Kalyegira, Atugonza's decision to go independent doesn't affect the party in any way since he has been silent in recent years. FDC now plans to front Joseph Kaahwa Kajabago, the Manager Hoima Boma Young Football Club to contest for Mayor Ship.

Kajabago will be nominated on Thursday. Dan Tumwesige, an FDC party member and an aspirant for Mparo Division says Atugonza's move is good as it helps the party to get rid of moles.

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Beatrice Kabasiita, a member of the Hoima FDC Women Desk says Atugonza has automatically lost the people's trust and would find it hard to win the race. A deeper look into the matter points to the Mugisha Muntu and Dr. Kizza Besigye camps during the FDC primaries for the party flag bearer.

Atugonza was allied to Muntu during the primaries. The former army commander was trounced by his predecessor Kizza Besigye. Recently, a senior FDC party official in Hoima told URN on condition of anonymity that he couldn't work with Besigye who he accused of taking the party for granted by coming back to contest for presidency. 

The party official said himself and some party officials will more or less keep quiet and play an observer role in the ongoing campaigns. Atugonza was the LC 3 chairperson of Hoima Town council and interim Mayor when it was elevated to a Municipality.

He lost to the incumbent Hoima Mayor NRM's Mary Mugasa in 2011. In his five year leadership, Atugonza was arrested four times and allegedly tortured in safe houses on trumped up charges. He was particularly charged with fraudulent sale of a plot of land in Hoima town. 

The charges were dropped by court.


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