today's Pick
FDC MPs refuse to contribute to party
Publish Date: Jul 26, 2014
FDC MPs refuse to contribute to party
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party President, Gen. Mugisha Muntu
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Brian Mayanja

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) could be headed for a financial crisis, following some of its MPs’ refusal to remit funds to run party activities.


Sources say the crisis is likely to affect grassroots elections, slated for December.

“The party may have to postpone the national delegates’ conference which is scheduled for mid next year,” a senior party member disclosed.

According to the party rules, anybody holding a public office in the party is supposed to remit monthly financial contributions. The money remitted varies.

For instance, the Leader of Opposition and commissioners contribute sh700,000 each, while chairpersons of committees remit sh500,000. Shadow ministers are expected to remit sh450,000 and MPs to contribute sh400,000.

A highly-placed source said during the recent National executive Committee meeting, chaired by president Gen. Mugisha Muntu, it was revealed that up to 10 MPs had not been remitting their funds.

The source said they include former Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi,Rukiga County MP Jack Sabitti, Agago Woman MP Franca Akello and Budadiri east MP Isaias Ssasaga.

However, Leader of Opposition Wafula Ogutu, said Mafabi recently cleared his arrears.

Ogutu said: “I am persuading members to resume supporting party activities.”

Party chief whip Cecilia Ogwal said MPs who had not cleared their arrears wrote to the party, excusing themselves from remitting money, saying they had financial problems.

“Some MPs have been sick. But this is an internal matter which I don’t want to discuss,” she said.

Ogwal also defended Mafabi.

“Even when he ceased to be the leader of Opposition, Parliament continued to remit the same amount to the party. This was an error and it was corrected,” Ogwal explained.

Mafabi’s critics, however, said he and his supporters were refusing to remit money to undermine Muntu.

“They think they are now hurting Muntu by refusing to contribute. But it is FDC that will be crippled,” a party member loyal to Muntu said.

RELATED ARTICLES

Opposition party FDC to be non-violent in 2014

FDC rift prevails as poll report out soon

FDC warns local politicians over Kasese clashes

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Kenyatta summoned to ICC over claims of
THE International Criminal Court said Friday it had summoned Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear before the tribunal over charges his government has withheld documents...
Queen urges unity after Scotland votes
Queen Elizabeth II has called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign in a referendum that saw Scotland reject independence from the UK....
Ruhakana Rugunda new Prime Minister
Reports from State House indicate that health minister Ruhakana Rugunda has been appointed Prime Minister of Uganda. He will replace Amama Mbabazi who has been the premier since after the 2011 general election....
No independence for Scotland: In pictures
Scotland has rejected independence in a referendum that leaves the UK intact. Take a look at what has been going on there....
UK intact as Scotland rejects independence
Scotland has rejected independence in a referendum that leaves the United Kingdom intact but opens the door to wider autonomy....
US man kills daughter, six grandchildren
A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in Florida....
Should bride price be made optional?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter