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FDC Backtracks on Shadow Cabinet Suspension

In an attempt to save face, FDC is turning around on the suspension of shadow cabinet members from UPC and DP. The party now says that they will only sack individuals who failed to support a boycott of the East African Legislative Assembly elections.

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In an attempt to save face, FDC is turning around on the suspension of shadow cabinet members from UPC and DP. The party now says that they will only sack individuals who failed to support a boycott of the East African Legislative Assembly elections.

Wafula Oguttu, the FDC party spokesperson says only individuals who voted will asked to leave their posts.

On Wednesday, Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi told Parliament that FDC is the only official opposition party. This was after UPC and DP whips in parliament openly disagreed with Mafabi on boycotting the EALA elections. The two parties had last week also defied a boycott to nominate candidates for EALA. The two candidates, Chris Opoka and Fred Mukasa Mbidde, are among the nine legislators elected to represent Uganda in Arusha.

Wafula says this action was a sign of disrespect to all parties especially FDC.

 

About ten days ago, FDC National executive Meeting had agreed to field one candidate each for all parties in a move to strengthen the solidarity in opposition. Little did they know that DP and UPC were negotiating their own deal.

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Alice Alaso, the FDC Secretary General admits that there has been a rift in the opposition parties and in a meeting to be held next week they will be reviewing the relationship between the party, UPC and DP. She alleges that DP president Norbert Mao has on several occasions accused FDC of being a parallel outfit of NRM but now tables seem to have turned. She however told URN that a formal position shall be reached by end of next week.

But Mao is not bothered by the comments. He says that he shall now appoint spokespersons for the different sectors when his colleagues exit.

In the Shadow Cabinet, DP has Betty Nambooze as the minister for local government, Sebuliba Mutumba as the Works and Infrastructure development minister, Michael Lulume Bayiga as the minister for health and Medard Sseggona, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. UPC has Jacinto Ogwal as the relief and disaster minister while Benson Obua holds the ICT docket.

Nambooze says that it is right for FDC to suspend the shadow cabinet members who have failed to respect the agreed position on the boycott.

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