Various FDC members picked nomination forms to contest for the various national party positions as delegates meet today.
By Moses Mulondo & Alfred Wandera
KAMPALA - About 1000 delegates are expected at the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party delegates’ conference today (Friday) at Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) showgrounds main exhibition hall at Lugogo.
Various FDC members picked nomination forms to contest for the various national party positions which have to be filled in at today’s session.
Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri and Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Ssempala Nagayi picked forms to vie for position of secretary general.
Whereas Mafabi and Kassiano returned their forms, Nagayi did not.
Another hotly contested position is of the party chairmanship. FDC stalwarts contesting for this position include Ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa, Owekitiibwa Bwanika Bbaale, and prominent lawyer Wandera Ogalo.
Contestants for the position of FDC spokesperson include incumbent John Kikonyogo, Mesach Nuwabine, and Sarah Eperu.
The list of candidates for the position of secretary for mobilization includes Ingrid Turinawe, Ibrahim Kasozi, and Anita Among, who defeated FDC vice president for the eastern region Salamu Musumba in the party elections for EALA MPs.
FDC secretary general Alice Alaso, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu, Kumi County MP Patrick Amuriat, and Jinja Municipality East Paul Mwiru are contesting for the position of Vice President for the Eastern region.
However, other sources intimated to New Vision that Alaso may contest for the position of party chairperson.
Francis Mwijukye, Rukiga County MP Jack Sabiti, Patrick Baguma and Amanya Mushega are competing for the position of vice president for the Western region.
The position of treasurer general is sought after by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu (pictured below) and incumbent Angelina Osege, who is also the Woman MP for Soroti district.
Parliamentary commissioner and Aswa county MP Reagan Okumu is so far the only one standing for the position of vice president for the northern region.
FDC chairperson and Lubaga municipality mayor Joyce Ssebuggwawo is contesting for the position of vice president in charge of the Central region.
The delegates expected to attend today’s conference include five party district executive officials from all the districts across the country, two party executive members from each constituency, party MPs, National Executive Committee (NEC) members, members of the party diaspora league and national women and youth leagues’ officials, according to John Kikonyogo, the party spokesperson.
Kikonyogo told New Vision that accreditation of the delegates started Thursday at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi for the officials who arrived from far.
He said the accreditation and nomination exercise will go on today at UMA showgrounds for those who did not make it on Thursday.
The conference will elect the party’s national leaders for 35 positions that are up for grabs except that of party president, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, whose term of office runs up to 2017.
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