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.
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