FDC vows to continue with regional celebrations

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change ( FDC ) has vowed to continue with their planned regional fifteen years celebrations in different districts across the country despite being blocked by police earlier on Monday.

Police on Monday blocked party president Patrick Amuriat Obbo from holding celebrations in Soroti and arrested Dr. Kizza Besigye from Jinja on his way to the venue , many of his party followers were also arrested from Mbale.

Patrick Amuriat the party president says that they’ll continue with their celebration programs and will hold their celebration in Western Uganda tomorrow.

He further adds that they will also review what exactly caused the arrests Party members during their activities on Monday.

FDC set to elect a flag bearer

By Deo Wasswa
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has commenced its preparations for presidential flag bearer elections for the 2021 elections says party deputy spokesperson Jonh Kikonyogo.

Kikonyogo said that since their consultation meetings come to an end this month ,they will soon be advertising the post for the suitable party members to apply.

He says that the party will hold a delegates conference and select the flag bearer out of those who will apply.He adds that the party is set to release the road map to this effect before the end of this month, January 2020.

He says that those planning to contest for this post should prepare all the required documents.

Besigye vows not to quit the struggle

By Moses Kidandi
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) founding president Dr. Kiiza Besigye has vowed not to give up the fight against regime change until it is achieved.

Dr. Besigye made the remarks during celebrations to mark FDC’s 15 years of existence held at Mandela National Stadium Namboole.

He says those who are saying his time is up and that he should retire need to know that he is not only fighting for others but for himself as well.

Besigye says he will only retire when the struggle is over or he is no more.

Police cautions FDC to follow rules during their anniversary celebrations

By Robert Segawa

Police has given Forum for Democratic change (FDC) guidelines to follow for their 15th anniversary celebration that is expected to take place at Namboole on Monday 16th December.

According to Patrick Onyango Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, FDC as a party is supposed to follow the provisions of public order management act especially section five.

Onyango says the function must be held indoors and there should be no procession to and from the venue.

He added that the anniversary must be strictly to party members and should not be an open political rally. FDC should also have proof of clear consent to use the venue from the management of Namboole stadium.

Meanwhile Nandala Mafabi the party Secretary general insists that there must will be a procession from their Headquarters Najjanankumbi to Namboole stadium.

He adds that they informed police in time for providing security during their anniversary celebration.

Muntu’s alliance to transition into a political party

By Robert Segawa

Former party president for Forum for Democratic change will officially launch his new political party Alliance for National Transformation ( ANT) on 22nd May 2019 ( Wednesday) at Serena Hotel Kampala according to police.

Police confirmed that they received a letter from the retired Maj Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu’s Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) notifying them about the two upcoming events and requesting for security.

Addressing the media at Naguru, the Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says that they have already approved ANT’s two activities slated for May 21st at Nsambya and 22nd May this year at Serena Hotel.

The Alliance is set to be launched on May 22nd 2019 at Serena Hotel in Kampala as a political party before meeting its promoters and members on May 21st at Nsambya Sharing Hall.

Enanga said that it’s true police received a letter from the members of Alliance for National Transformation asking for security during their procession at Nsambya.

He added that the inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola will provide necessary security and make sure that road user’s are not affected during the launch.

However, Enanga appeals to ANT’s leadership, supporters and Members to ensure they organise peaceful and violence activities .

On 25 September 2018 former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu announced that he had quit the party he helped found in 2004.

During a press briefing at Hotel Africana Gen Mugisha Muntu promised to launch the new formation before the December 25, [2018].

Gen Muntu was accompanied by former FDC secretary general Alice Alaso, party elder Sewava Serubiri and the newly elected Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri.

Other party leaders speak out of DP coalition

By Robert Segawa
Following the formation of DP Bloc which was sealed by signing the Memorandum of understanding between DP and three other opposition political parties on Thursday, several political players have reacted.

The Democratic party, Social Democratic party ( SDP) , People’s development party ( PDP ) and Truth for justice ( TJ ) leaders appended signatures on an MOU agreeing to work together to strengthen the Democratic Party to lead the cause of Regime change.

Recently the president of SDP Mike Mabike, the president of PDP, Abed Bwanika, Lubega Walter Mukaku of TJ among others announced that they were returning to the Democratic party to be part of it’s rebuilding.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at Hotel Africana in Kampala DP president Nobert Mao announced that DP was no more disunited .
At the function, PDP president Abed Bwanika and Kyadondo East member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine on top of calling for opposition unity attacked opposition player’s particularly the Forum for Democratic change ( FDC) and it’s former presidential candidate Col Dr Kiiza Besigye for working to undermine the opposition unity steering public debate.

The DP Bloc has since suggested the opposition election campaign strategy for 2021 dubbed “One to one model. On top of proposing to field a joint presidential opposition candidate against NRM, the strategy proposes opposition fielding joint candidate at parliamentary and local government levels depending on each parties strength.

Mukono Municipality MP, Hon Betty Nambooze, advised the opposition to desist from waging war against fellow opposition player’s and walk the talk of unity.

She urged the opposition not be diverted from the real enemy of democracy,who is Museveni and NRM and waste time in opposition in fighting.

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the opposition chief whip in parliament who doubles as FDC spokesperson, says FDC doesn’t have time to discuss the programs of other opposition player’s but they are concentrating on internal party programs intended at liberating the the country from dictatorship.

Meanwhile the NRM party spokesperson Roger’s Mulindwa disclosed that the opposition can attempt to form the coalition but at a certain point they will disagree

Mulindwa adds that the opposition is struggling to form a coalition against president Museveni and the NRM was a sign that individual players are weak to cause change.

He retaliated that as NRM they are just waiting for the right time to front their candidate and Ugandans will decide.

President of Justice Forum and MP Bugiri municipality, the opposition should stop labeling and smearing each other, but focus at United opposition which many Ugandans are yearning for.

He adds that it’s only United opposition which will deliver victory to Ugandans. He pledged that JEEMA will work with the DP block through constructive engagements along side other opposition player’s to achieve regime change.

The signing ceremony was among others attended by General Mugisha Muntu who is about to launch a new party Alliance for National transformation ( ANT), former DP president Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi who called for unity among the opposition.

DP, People power reveal plans to front single presidential candidate

By Robert Segawa
The Opposition Democratic party and People power pressure group have revealed that they have plans to engage Forum for Democratic Change and Dr Kiiza Besigye with the aim of fielding a single candidate topple dictator president Yoweri Museveni from power.

Dr Abed Bwanika a member of the opposition DP told the media today at DP offices in Kampala that failure by FDC to work with other opposition parties does not help Ugandans who are yearning for change.

Bwanika says Dr Kiiza Besigye and FDC have been given many chances but failing to deliver victories adding that its time to join other opposition parties to field joint candidates from all levels including one presidential candidate and single members of Parliament in area’s each party has a majority support.

He adds that the DP will front Hon Robert Kyagulanyi, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and Hon Nobert Mao and urged FDC to bring its candidate such that a single candidate can be chosen by all opposition team to vote for a better candidate to stand against Museveni in 2021.

Bwanika call’s upon FDC and other political parties that this time the people of Uganda have no space for confusion,no body will confuse them, this time we stand for unity, United front so that we change Museveni’s government.

He further adds that Ugandans this time will know who works for Museveni and his NRM, because it’s now clear when people want to work together for a change and other party officials divert us.

Joyful Abed Bwanika adds that Ugandans will know who stand with them during 2021 campaign to host Museveni from power.

He urged other politicians and other players in DP Bloc to continue reach out to FDC officials at Najjanankumbi, to visit Dr Kiiza Besigye to inform them what people of Uganda wants this time a round.

He further urged DR Besigye to stop blackmailing him that he made a memorandum with the government saying that its Besigye who brought Museveni into power.

During the same press conference Democratic party has cautioned Ugandan citizens to continue mounting pressure on their leaders for the better change of the country as we near the general elections 2021.

The call has been sounded by the DP publicity secretary Kenneth Paul Kakkande during engaging the media at the party offices in Kampala at city house this morning.

Kakande says that political leaders too need to embark on a struggle away from internal wrangles but rather for the betterment of Uganda to see that Ugandans get a change of power on 2021 general election.

FDC dragged to court

By Sania Babirye
Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)has been dragged to the High Court Civil Division by a disgruntled former National youth league chairperson Idi Ouma for allegedly replacing him without following the required procedures.

According to documents before court, Ouma claims that on the 8th of July 2015 he was elected as the youth league chairperson in an election conducted by the party Electoral commission Chairpersons Dan Mugarura and was to serve three terms.

However, through his lawyers of Semwanga and Muwazzi, Ouma alleges that his party surprisingly replaced him over under unclear accusations without even being given a chance to defend himself.

Ouma further claims that he only received a communication from the party National chairman Wasswa Birigwa that he had been removed from office by a meeting which sat on November 29th of November 2018 at the Party headquarters without his knowledge and was was not summoned to defend himself, which he says contravenes the Party youth League constitution.

Ouma says his removal was based on the allegations that he had joined another Political group and that he was no longer attending party meetings.

He now wants court to issue a permanent injunction restraining Mulindwa Walid who is said to have replaced him from executing the duties of the chairperson for FDC National Youth League.

He further wants court to declare that FDC has no powers to remove him from office and replace him with another person without following the constitution.

The case is yet to be allocated a judge for hearing.

FDC has been making changes in its leadership in which it is accused of dropping those whom they suspect of being sympathizers to former party leader Mugisha Muntu who recently formed his pressure group.

FDC asks Museveni to give a clear view on torture

By Robert Segawa

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged president Museveni to stop contradicting himself and pretending while addressing issues concerning torture.

FDC Spokesperson Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that according to his statement on torture, the president encouraged security officers to shoot the rioters and use water canon on them which to Ssemujju portrays him as the beneficiary of torture.

He added that in his statement president Museveni defended those who torture people and also tried to please the public which he condemned.

FDC now wants the individual security officers who torture people to be dismissed with disgrace and charged in civilian courts starting with the Democratic Party activist Yusuf Kawooya tormentors.
Commenting about the 60 Ankole FDC leaders who defected to the New formation of Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu, Ssemujju said FDC is free entrance and exit before adding that they also launched a recruitment campaign in Teso  region and those who defected are also a target of recruitment.

NRM asked to be clear about their participation in the national dialogue

By Robert Segawa

Opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has accused president Museveni for failing preparations for the much anticipated national dialogue.

The inter- religious council of Uganda IRCU recently started meeting different stake holders including political parties in country to consult about the forthcoming national dialogue.

The FDC party chairman Wasswa Birigwa while addressing the media at the party headquarters today said that ever since president Museveni was consulted on whether him self and his party the NRM are willing to participate in the dialogue they have never given a positive answer to that effect.

Birigwa adds that this is not good and could lead to more violence among Ugandans as many hold grudges against others due to the several difference s that exist between them.

He calls upon president to reflect on the importance of national dialogue to save our country.