Uganda’s strongest opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has finally acted on its members that participated in the party primaries but failed to concede defeat and decided to go against the party constitution.
Former head of the Women league and FDC strongwoman Ingrid Turinawe, Winnie Babihuga, and Darius Tweyambe were expelled from the party with the party Secretary General Quoting Article 12(d) of their constitution to expel the trio.
Article 12(d) on Cessation states that, “If a member joins another party or in an election stands as an independent ceases to be a member of FDC.
FDC also announced its official candidates in Rukungiri were, Dr. Wallen Nuwagaba Tumwine (Rukungiri Municipality), Betty Muzanira (Woman MP Rukungiri), Charles Maharu (Mayor Rukungiri Municipality) Fred Turyamuhweza (Rujumbura Constituency) and Naboth Namanya (Rubabo County).
Nandala also urged the FDC members and party structures of Rukungiri to only solicit support for FDC candidates.
“Any member of the party who campaigns for an independent candidate or otherwise shall be expelled from the party,” Mafabi warned.
He also directed the independent candidates to immediately stop using the FDC sign and colors otherwise the party would advise the electoral commission to disqualify them.
“The entire public is hereby informed that these independent candidates are not members of FDC and have no moral authority to act on behalf of FDC,” Mafabi stated.
He noted that as members of FDC they were committed to the struggle to liberate Uganda, “so that they can have a country where everyone is equal.”
Turinawe’s woes started after she lost in the primaries to Dr. Nuwagaba for the party flag bearer for the Rukungiri Municipality seat and claimed she was rigged out.
Babihuga lost the party primaries for Woman MP to Muzanira and also decided to contest as an independent candidate.
Rukungiri is regarded as former FDC Presidential candidate Kizza Besigye’s stronghold. It’s also his home area.