Angry FDC Members Evict Chairperson Top story

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Bernard Mugenyi, the Masaka District FDC Publicity Secretary, says they asked Kayemba to give them money for the agents but he declined. Kayemba told URN on phone from undisclosed location that he no longer wants to associate with FDC party members, saying the party office has been infiltrated by government spies.

Angry Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party members in Masaka district have evicted their chairperson and  Municipal council Mayor, Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo from the party offices accusing him of being a mole for the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party.
 
 
Three FDC party members led by Bernard Mugenyi, Andrew Katongole and Philly Mbalire stormed the party offices along Elgin Street in Masaka town on Monday and expelled Kayemba on grounds that he works closely with the NRM instead of FDC.


 
According to Mbalire, Kayemba has shunned all party activities since the disputed presidential elections because of his close links with NRM. He cites the failure by Kayemba to attend the weekly FDC prayers held on Tuesday and Thursday countrywide, claiming it is wastage of time.

 
 
The FDC party members also accuse Kayemba of failing to facilitate agents during the presidential elections, which left many polling stations without party agents. Andrew Katongole, another FDC delegate says the failure by Kayemba to finance party agents, gave NRM chance to rig the presidential elections.
 

 
Bernard Mugenyi, the Masaka District FDC Publicity Secretary, says they asked Kayemba to give them money for the agents but he declined. Kayemba told URN on phone from undisclosed location that he no longer wants to associate with FDC party members, saying the party office has been infiltrated by government spies.

 
 
He claims that in the just concluded polls, government facilitated some FDC officials in the district to fight him politically. He cites example where several FDC party members openly campaigned for his NRM rival, George William Kalumba and DP candidate, Marvin Peter Ssentongo Makappu.
 

 
He denies embezzling FDC funds, saying he didn't receive any money from the party for the elections. Kayemba also said he doesn't care being expelled from the party offices since he has the mayoral offices where he currently sits.

 
Joseph Ssenzoga, the greater Masaka region FDC Secretary, has dismissed allegations linking their offices to NRM. He however, admits that some members could have been bribed to fake defections but it does not mean they are working for NRM.


 
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During the just concluded general elections, several FDC members led by Justine Juuko, the FDC Task force chairperson in charge of Greater Masaka region decampaigned Kayemba on grounds that he had embarrassed the party. They accused Kayemba of failing to deliver services to residents.



They cited poor waste management, lack of street lights and potholes in Masaka municipality as a sign of failure on the part of the mayor.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.