FDC blames Makerere for not guarding university against fire

By Robert Segawa

The Forum for Democratic change party (FDC) has blamed police for the poor handling of the fire that put down Ivory tower at Makerere university main building.

The main building caught fire on Sunday night leaving important offices and documents destroyed.

According to FDC publicity John Kikonyogo it took police over 10 hours to to put down the fire, just on one building, that shows that fire brigade lucked modern equipment to fight the fire.

Kikonyogo also blames Makerere university authorities for failure to put in place Hydrant points and fire sensors some thing he said would have saved the building.

Kikonyogo further asked government to release the reports on major fires that destroyed important sites like Buddo primary school, Kanungu church fire as well as Kasubi tomb.

Birigwa nominated for FDC flag bearership

By Robert Segawa

Wasswa Birigwa the Forum for Democratic Change chairperson has this morning been nominated to vie for the presidential flag bearer of FDC party in the upcoming elections.

Birigwa returned nomination papers after full filling all the requirements at the party headquarters Najjanankumbi. He will face off with the party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi.

According to Boniface Bamwenda FDC’s electoral commission boss the party will determine the presidential flag bearer after NEC meeting at Najjanankumbi.

In his remarks after nomination, Birigwa promised Ugandans, once elected president he will table a bill in Parliament that each Ugandan will receive money as form of Covid-19 relief.

FDC announces changes in party president election

By Robert Segawa

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has announced changes in electing it’s presidential flag bearer for 2021 elections due to the covid19 pandemic.

Addressing journalists at the party headquarters Najjanankumbi, the deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo said that unlike the past times where delegates have been convening at Namboole to elect the presidetial flag bearer, this time will be different.

He adds that this time they are going to conduct delegates’ meetings at sub region level where the aspirants campaign then after cast their votes.

Kikonyogo further adds that FDC has 21 sub regions and the voting will take place in 21 days.The final meeting will convene at Party headquarters Najjanankumbi where members of Parliament and NEC members will also vote and announce the suitable candidate to carry the party flag.

Two candidates have so far shown the interest and picked nomination forms.They are Patrick Amuriat the party president and national chairman Wasswa Birigwa.

FDC extends nomination deadline for the third time

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change Party leadership has once again postponed the nomination deadline for presidential flag bearer.

The Party’s Electoral Commission chairperson Bonifance Toterebuka Bamwenda told journalists at the Party offices in Najjanankumbi-Kampala that reluctance by the National Electoral Commission to furnish them with electoral guidelines was the reason they have continued to postpone events.

Bamwenda said the new schedule would be announced when the National Executive Committee (NEC ) convenes on Friday.

Bamwenda said those interested in picking nomination forms for FDC Presidential flag bearer must pay 5 million shillings which is non refundable.

This is the third time when the main Opposition Party postpones nominations.

The Party has also issued a one week ultimatum to all it’s district structural leadership to identify Member of Parliament aspirants in the newly demarcated 46 Counties by government.

FDC announces extension of nomination dates

By Sania Babirye

Forum For Democratic change has extended the dates for the nomination for the party presidential flag bearer to 3rd to 4th August this year.

Addressing the media today, party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says those interested in the seat were meant to pick their nomination forms this Thursday and Friday but Friday being a public holiday, they had to change the dates

He however notes that no one has sofar expressed interest in running for the party presidential flag bearer .

He says so far 512members have picked forms for the member of Parliament seats.

He has also warned those who do not qualify for the position to not pick nomination forms especially those with any outstanding obligation to the Party.

FDC will not miss members who have left

By Alice Lubwama

The Forum for Democratic Change secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi says the party will not miss the nine members who have left the party since these had already become double faced.

The latest members to leave the party include Paul Mwiru Jinja municipality East, Gerald karuhanga Ntugamo municipality, Elijah Okupa kasilo county ,Soroti municipality mp Hebert Ariko , Angelina Osege Soroti woman MP , Odongo Otto Arua county and Simon Oyet Nwoya county.

In an interview with the press at parliament Nandala claimed that these people only Joined FDC to achieve their personal goals which they have got, warning Ugandans to watch out for them.

He however vows that FDC will take up their seats come 2021 parliamentary elections.

FDC to petition EC over scientific campaigns violation by some politicians

By Sania Babirye

Forum for Democratic change says it is going to petition the Uganda Electoral commission on what it says the continued violation of the guidelines for the scientific campaigns by some politicians.

Addressing the media today, party spoke person Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that they continue to see a specific group of politicians not observing the guidelines by going to campaign Publicly instead of using radio or TV stations as stated by the electoral commission.

Ssemujjju has cited among the many health minister Jane Ruth Aceng whose picture went viral over the weekend as she was caught allegedly talking to her voters face to face .

Another video of minister Aceng has angered the public as she was seen meeting a crowd of people without either wearing face masks or observing the social distancing directive.

The minister for information Judith Nabakooba has since come out and apologized on behalf of government over the ministers actions that are also against the standard operation procedures of combating COVID-19.

FDC rejects scientific elections

By Sania Babirye

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change has rejected what it has described as digital elections because they allegedly compromise the quality of the outcome.

FDC says holding a normal election on the dates stipulated in the Constitution (January-February 2020) as announced by the Electoral Commission is a big risk. However, FDC also notes that if the country chooses to do so, then, the said elections must be transparent as commanded by the Constitution.

Addressing the media during their weekly press briefing, party spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda said that the Constitution provides for only normal elections where candidates freely interact with the electorate and any attempt to modify these elections will be unlawful.

He says as a party, they made it clear to the Electoral Commission that extension of the term of the President and Parliament as is being suggested in some quarters cannot happen because it is not supported by the Constitution.

According to Ssemujju, the People’s Government and the FDC are in final phases of producing a position paper that calls for a transitional arrangement of when the term of office for the president, Parliament and local governments should come to an end.

He says they will circulate this document to all political players, civil society and to religious leaders to facilitate a national dialogue and consensus.

“We think the country should allow the term of office for the current administration to expire. When it does so, an interim council should run the government and organize elections when the pandemic is over. The nature of the council and its members should be agreed upon by all political players in the country.” Semujju said.

Ssemujju says this will resolve the current impasse and that Parliament can make the necessary changes to the Constitution and electoral laws to accommodate this situation.

New program to help Kasese flood victims launched

The Forum for Democratic Change has launched an appeal called RESTORING HOPE AND LIVES to aid the People of Kasese now living in desperate conditions in camps following the recent flooding.

On the 25th of March this year, about 125000 people were left displaced and others lost their lives after rivers including Nyamughasana, Mubuku, Lhubiriha and Nyamwamba burst their banks causing heavy flooding.

The flooding also left a number of bridges connecting villages in Kilembe, Karambi, Bugoye, Maliba, Mpondwe Lhubiriha Town Council, Karusandara, Kyarumba, Ibanda, Kyanya Town Council and the three divisions of Kasese Municipality destroyed.

Since then, government has set up a total of 35 camps for the displaced families as it continues to search for the missing remains of the deceased.

FDC, President Patrick Oboi Amuriat is now calling upon any Uganda to donate food, clothing and any financial assistance to the said cause to help the affected people in Kasese and Bundibugyo.

The party has however criticized the ruling government of failing to prepare for such disasters that FDC says are predictable.

FDC boss announces opening of all national offices

By Sania Babirye

Opposition Forum For Democratic Change has opened all it’s offices nation wide despite the ongoing lock down.

According to the party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the move is aimed at resuscitating the party.

Amuriat says they have instructed all their members to observe a the Standard operation procedures from the ministry of health that were issued to combat COVID-19 including wearing of face masks, regular wash of hands and meetings held in smaller numbers.

Meanwhile Amuriat has faulted the government on the increasing number of COVID-19 cases saying the government has failed its people.

According to Amuriat, the Ugandans have done their part by protecting themselves but government has failed to manage the disease which has led to its increase including community to community transmission with health workers among those infected.

As we stand now, Uganda has confirmed more 40 cases bringing the total number to 457.