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FDC National Council Rejects Idea to Set Up Board of Trustees :: Uganda Radionetwork
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FDC National Council Rejects Idea to Set Up Board of Trustees

Alice Alaso, the party secretary general says the idea was suggested by the management committee with the argument that the party has accumulated lots of assets. The suggestion was part of the constitutional amendment proposed for the national delegates’ conference due in November.

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The Forum for Democratic Change National has dismissed the idea of setting up a party board of trustees.

Alice Alaso, the party secretary general says the idea was suggested by the management committee with the argument that the party has accumulated lots of assets. The suggestion was part of the constitutional amendment proposed for the national delegates’ conference due in November.

The assets included the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, vehicles, bicycles, fax machine and a printing machine among others.

 

The board of trustees would also advice the party on which activities to take up and any decision regarding the party would no longer be taken by the President alone as it is now but in agreement with the board.

Alaso, however, says that when the amendment was tabled on Thursday, members were not keen saying they were not yet convinced the board of trustees is needed. Members argued that people elected to lead the party can still head the party and manage its assets.

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The National Council members also noted that the party was struggling financially, thus the board of trustees would have an additional financial burden on the party.

Currently, the party only has two staff that include Patricia Alarok, the administrative secretary and one only identified as Susan who is the office messenger. The party is also looking for a new Chief Administrative Officer to replace outgoing Wycliff Bakanonda.

The national council also discussed extensively the issue of giving the party president powers to appoint secretaries to his Cabinet. They argued that those elected as secretaries disrespect the party president saying their actions are only accountable to the delegates who elected them.

It was suggested that the next delegates’ conference scheduled to take place on November 22 only elects the national party chairman and the party President. Thereafter the president shall appoint secretaries to his Cabinet who will then be accountable to him.

However, this idea was also crashed with members arguing that the party President may abuse his powers by only appointing close friends and allies.

Alaso says the party members did not take into consideration the fact that most of the secretaries work on voluntary basis and do not get paid for work done. The party agreed that they need to raise more money and hire more professionals.

This is to allow politicians and secretaries set the policies and leave the implementation to those paid by the party and later demand for accountability.

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The National council consists of 145 members including the National Executive Committee members and district chairpersons from the 112 districts countrywide. Others are interest groups such as youth and women.

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