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Alaso Blames FDC Wrangles on Internal Party Dynamics

The ongoing wrangles in the Forum for Democratic Change should be understood purely in the context of internal dynamics, according to the party Secretary General Alice Alaso.

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The ongoing wrangles in the Forum for Democratic Change should be understood purely in the context of internal dynamics, according to the party Secretary General Alice Alaso.

 

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on Thursday, Alaso, who is also Serere Woman MP, said it’s important that the party trains itself to exercise internal democracy and excessive tolerance.

 

She says the party should continue to mentor its young people who will keep it growing. The current party leaders’ term in office apart from the President expires in 2015.

 

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Alaso’s comments come just a week after the party held its primary election for the East African Legislative Assembly in which the deputy President Salaamu Musumba lost. But Augustine Ruzindana, the party secretary for policy and research and one of the winners of the election, has since described the exercise as merely academic. The party failed to send a representative to the regional parliament after disagreements with other parties.

 

Since the primary elections, however, Musumba has made claims of alleged bribery and abuse of the electoral process by another top party leader, Anita Among, which she blames for her loss. She now wants the process investigated.

 

Musumba cites the issue of voting by proxy whose format was agreed upon by the legal secretary Wandera Ogaalo. The proxy votes were supposed to be posted to the envoys in Canada, USA, Scandinavian countries and South Africa to vote.

 

Musumba now questions how Alaso became a proxy for over 15 voters.

 

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Alaso explains that only five people asked her to vote as a proxy and she ended up voting for three with the knowledge of the Electoral Commission in writing. These included Sewava Serubiri, one Halima, Alele Pedro and Odo Tayebwa.

 

Musumba also cites an inquiry into allegations that a large number of the National Executive Committee members went to State House and got bribes to destabilise the party. She says it has taken over a year since the inquiry led by Bwanika Bbale, the secretary for mobilization, was instituted but up to now no report has been availed to the NEC.

 

Alaso explains that she has reminded Bwanika on several occasions about the report. But Bwanika says he has got no evidence to pin the members regarding the claim and has hit a snag with State House as the main source of the credible information.

 

Meanwhile the party has set out a road map ahead of elections to get a successor for Dr. Kiiza Besigye, who has been party president since 2005.

Alaso says they are currently updating their voters’ registers and opening up offices in the newly created districts.  They are also soliciting for close to 300 million shillings to hold the special delegates conference.

 

As expressions of interest to run for presidency of the party continue to come in, Alaso says soon they shall organize a formal nomination exercise.

 

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So far only Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi, have expressed interest.

 

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