1. Erias Lukwago becomes interim leader in FDC amid party disputes.
2. Factional conflict results in suspensions and leadership changes.
3. Police intervention and political wrangling mark FDC's recent developments in Uganda.
Hajji Elias Lukwago the Forum for Democratic change vice president for Buganda region has been elected as Interim president of FDC party replacing his boss Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
This morning a faction of FDC delegates based at Katonga road have agreed to suspend the Party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and replaced him with his deputy Elias Lukwago also City Mayor.The defiant faction went on with delagates conference called by FDC party chairman Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa despite Police's refusal to provide them with security and court order barring them from holding the conference.
The FDC Katonga faction also agreed to suspend FDC secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi and party treasurer Geofrey Ekanya.Harold Kaija has been appointed as Interim secretary general to replace Nathan Nandala Mafabi who was suspended and also appointed Francis Mwijukye as party treasurer replacing Geofrey Ekanya.
FDC faction also retain Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda as Interim spokesperson and made announcement of changes to gathering delagates at Katonga in attendance was four times presidential candidate and also former party president Dr. Col Kizza Besigye together with FDC chairman Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa, Salam Musumba his Deputy and many big guns of the party.They also agreed to form interim electoral commission to organize free and fair elections.
At first the meeting was to be held at Nature's green beach Busabala but was stopped by heavy deployment of police who put barricades in all roads connect to Busabala by searching each and every vehicle too and from Busabala.A group of goons ( Kifeesi) some previously seen at FDC offices beating journalists, were again sighted in a group of over 200 beating delegates from Busia others were seen snatching bags and mobile phones from residents and bypassers in Busabala trading center.
At Katonga premises police fired teargas to a group of FDC supporters and also blocked road heading to people's government offices.Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman Patrick Onyango said that they deployed their officers to deter people who were planning to engage in criminal activities.
FDC wrangles started a month ago after party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and lord mayor Elias Lukwago told the gatherings at Sharing hall Nsambya that party secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi and party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi received election money from president Museveni.