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Mafabi: FDC to Blame for EALA Mess

Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, says the Forum for Democratic Change is to blame for the party\'s failure to participate in the East African Legislative Assembly—EALA elections.

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Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, says the Forum for Democratic Change is to blame for its failure to participate in the East African Legislative Assembly—EALA elections.

The nine legislators to represent Uganda at the Arusha-based regional parliament are to be announced later on Wednesday.

 

Mafabi says FDC took the task to help the Uganda People’s Congress, the Democratic Party and the Conservative Party to attain equal representation at the EALA.

 

Mafabi says the parties instead secretly nominated candidates and has now vowed to cut ties with all of them. This was just hours after all the party secretary generals agreed that they boycott the elections until they get an interpretation from the East African Court of justice on the rules of procedure of the Parliament of Uganda. The rules define how membership to EALA is constituted in consonance with Article 50 of the East African treaty.

 

The nomination of Fred Mukasa Mbidde and Chris Opoka for DP and UPC respectively, left FDC with no candidate in the EALA race. The two were among 17 candidates including six from NRM and eight Independents, who presented themselves to Parliament for voting on Wednesday.

 

But just before the EALA polls commenced in Parliament, Mafabi, an FDC legislator for Budadiri West, announced that he had suspended DP and UPC members from the opposition’s shadow cabinet.

 

FDC officials are still hoping to secure an injunction from the East African Court of Justice which they petitioned arguing that the EALA elections are in total disregard of the Treaty.

 

FDC secretary general Alice Alaso this week said the judgment will show that justice and fairness have been accorded to not only them but to political parties and all Ugandans.

Mafabi says even though he was helping the political parties attain equal representation in EALA, he has learnt not to help again. He says they blame themselves as FDC for having housed colleagues who were not right. But as a learning experience, from now on, any negotiation shall be between the ruling National Resistance Movement and the official opposition party.

 

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The leader of opposition adds that the parties that betrayed them will emerge losers even in the EALA election process.

 

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But Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general, says they did nothing wrong as a party that was first to petition the East African Court over the opposition political party representation in EALA.

 

Nsubuga argues that they changed their mind after they saw a letter from Alaso to the Clerk to Parliament asking for the nomination papers, the amended rules of procedure and an extension to carry out primaries. He is still confident that their working relation with the FDC is as it was.

 

Okello Lucima, the UPC spokesperson acknowledged that each party acted in self interest and theirs was well deserved.

 

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Yesterday as the FDC party primary election were underway, members vowed to request for a National Executive Committee meeting in which the main agenda will be on how to isolate, in particular, the Democratic Party.

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