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Tension High As FDC National Council Meets :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Tension High As FDC National Council Meets

On Friday morning, chaos ensued briefly after some members were denied entry to the headquarters. Everyone seeking to access the premises was asked to properly identify themselves.
Some of the delegates at the meeting

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There is tension and security enhanced at the headquarters of the Forum Democratic Change-FDC offices in Najjanakumbi as the party National Council holds a special meeting.

The police have deployed more than 15 officers from the Field Force Unit-FFU at the premises to ensure security for the more than 200 FDC members gathered at the offices. 

On Friday morning, chaos ensued briefly after some members were denied entry to the headquarters. Everyone seeking to access the premises was asked to properly identify themselves. 

Delegates and Journalists were provided with tags and those who missed were asked to use their media house IDs. There is a security team from the party to ensure that only cleared individuals can access the headquarters and the gardens where the meeting is taking place.

The National Council is meeting to among others receive a report about money said to have been brought into the party during the recent general elections.

The party spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda accuses Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi of accepting billions of shillings from President Yoweri Museveni and using it to among others facilitate campaigns. Nandala however denies receiving any money from Museveni arguing that for years he has financed party activities and not questioned about the source of the money.

FDC party President Eng Patrick Amuriat who is accused together with Nandala said they shall not disclose the source of the money they are accused of accepting from Museveni. Although he also denies that the money came from Museveni.

Following the allegations, the National Council resolved to investigate the matter, and a committee is now expected to table its report before the National Council. 

The alleged money from Museveni has deepened divisions within the party creating factions with Nandala and Amuriat on one side and Semujju, Erias Lukwago the party Deputy President in charge of Buganda, the party founder Dr Kiiza Besigye, the Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija among others on another side.

On 20th July, chaos ensued at the party headquarters when the National Chairman Wasswa Birigwa was blocked from holding a press briefing there. Birigwa had suspended internal elections until the investigations into the said money is concluded. 

His press briefing was blocked and journalists were denied entry to the premises. Later as some FDC members banged the gate demanding to be granted access, goons emerged and beat people including journalists who were camped at the gate. They also stole property.

Now as the meeting goes on, there are still discontent members staged outside, others occasionally creating a scene demanding to be granted access.

Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura says that one of the members, Kennedy Okello who is also one of the Personal Secretaries to Lord Mayor is detained in the party president's office.

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