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FDC’s Nandala Mafabi asks party officials to seek permission before any mobilisation activities
In the letter dated 10th January 2018 and addressed to FDC district chairpersons and General secretaries, Nandala Mafabi says anybody intending to hold public activities in the name of the party must first seek approval of the FDC National Executive Committee.

The November 2017 Forum for Democratic Change party presidential elections brought to the fore deep divisions within the party.

 

The acrimonious campaigns and elections left the party divided into two major factions with different visions for the party’s future. One faction, led by the new President Patrick Amuriat favored the continuation of political activism and the other faction, allied to former Party President Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, preferred the development of grassroots party structures.

 

In the days that followed the election Maj Gen. Muntu indicated that he was considering a political future outside the party. He later said he would embark on countrywide consultations on the future of FDC.

 

However, a letter issued by the FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi has issued tough new guidelines for party members seeking to carry out any public activities anywhere in the country. 

 

In the letter dated 10th January 2018 and addressed to FDC district chairpersons and General secretaries, Nandala Mafabi says anybody intending to hold public activities in the name of the party must first seek approval of the FDC National Executive Committee.

 

Some have claimed the intention of the letter is to curtail Muntu’s planned consultations.

 

The FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, says this letter comes at a wrong time, when the party still has a lot to do to unite its members.

 

Ssemujju also says this letter might lead to police interference in the activities of the party, which would be uncalled for.

 

Alice Alaso, the Party’s Vice President for Eastern Uganda says Muntu’s programme to traverse the country was widely discussed and the activities will go ahead despite the letter from the Secretary-General.

 

Alaso also says that Maj. Gen. Mugisha has written to the police notifying them of the planned activities across the country.

 

There are fears that this letter is a threat to efforts at dialogue that have been initiated to try and unite the party

 

The FDC party president Patrick Amuriat acknowledged the letter but he declined to comment on it saying the party would call a press conference on Monday to explain any matters raised.

 

Meanwhile, the FDC, Secretary-General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, who authored the letter would not answer or return our calls.