Forum for Democratic Change secretary general Nandala Mafabi has asked the party supporters not to be swayed by the financial bait by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
According to Mafabi, the ruling party has resorted to using money to lure opposition members to defect from their parties. Delivering his report about the party activities at the 6th FDC national delegates conference at Mandela National Stadium this morning, Nandala said this is the time for FDC supporters to show their resilience in their struggle to push for change.
Nandala’s appeal to the party delegates comes a day after Christopher Kibazanga, a member of the FDC National Executive Committee officially announced his defection to NRM.
He was received by President Museveni, who also doubles as NRM chairman at State House, Entebbe, where he also took an oath of allegiance to support NRM. Mafabi says FDC supporters must work hard to convince the masses to receive the party’s message of change.
“I want to implore all of us and work extra hard so that we are able to save our country from human wolves. NRM is using money to buy support among the population and using propaganda that they are very strong [but] as we can all see they are very weak”, Mafabi told the delegates.
Mafabi further implored the members to champion the fight for good governance and respect of human rights, noting the continued suppression by government.
“We must begin the fight against evil forces that are in control of our society through political education and practical activity. We therefore must place the FDC party at the forefront for the struggle for constitutionalism, democracy, good governance, rule of the law, observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, emancipation of women..”
In his report, Nandala disclosed that FDC received Shs 1.1bn from the Electoral Commission, which they are using to run and finance the party activities. He said the party will also contribute Shs 100,000 every month to each district office.
He announced that the party’s Electoral Commission will conduct primary elections between September 2 and October 15. Over 1000, delegates are attending the conference, which has also attracted leaders from other political parties such as Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago; UPC’s Dr Olara Otunnu; Conservative Party President, Ken Lukyamuzi, Betty Kamya of Uganda Federal Alliance and General David Ssejusa.
The delegates are expected to elect the party presidential flag bearer and fill up 17 vacant party positions later today. Meanwhile the conference had to be suspended and all delegates ordered out for fresh screening after counter-accusations from both Muntu and Besigye camp over bringing in ‘fake’ delegates.