9 December 2012

Uganda: Rift in FDC Party Deepens

The rift in Uganda's main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is deepening following a refusal by the party to bend to the demands of a rival camp.

The chairperson of the FDC electoral Commission, Dan Mugarura, in a social media message told off the Nandala Mafabi team, saying their demands were time barred.

"When election results are announced and the winner declared, the press has no power to overturn it. It is the FDC elections tribunal that can overturn it; but he has not petitioned it and time provided for that is also over," he said.

On Thursday, a faction allied to Mafabi who lost in the recent party presidential elections to Mugisha Muntu, shunned a get-together party organised by the party leadership to reconcile the warring factions.

"We still have 15 demands and they need to be addressed urgently to avoid trouble," said Rubaramira Ruranga, chairman of Mafabi's taskforce.

Last week, delegates allied to Mafabi also suspended all their activities in the party until the party sacks officials it claimed participated in election irregularities.

Those the party want fired include the party's secretary general, Alice Alaso.

"Sitting with the people whom we know cheated us is unfair and incorrect. How do we demand for electoral reforms from the Government when we face the same problems in the party?" Rubaramira asked.

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