Did FDC Rig Their Own Guild Primaries At Makerere?

sale geneva; font-size: small;”> can exclusively reveal that last week the genuine FDC flag-bearer Ibra Bagaya, who won the primaries, was controversially kicked out by a group of 18 party leaders at the volatile campus.

Bagaya had floored James Tayebwa Bamwenda, Achilles Bwete, Genesis Akampulira, and John Paul Rubagumya in a tightly-contested race.

Concerned FDC supporters say Bagaya was favoured for leading dozens of students last December to Luzira prison demanding the release of party top shots Ingrid Turinawe, Francis Mwijukye and Sam Mugumya who were remanded there on treason charges.

Bagaya, alongside Doreen Nyanjura, had also led demonstrations against the treason trial at Nakawa court and Makerere University thus raising awareness about the lengthy detention of the treason suspects.

Court later released the trio on bail.

Despite working hard for the party, Bagaya’s victory was short-lived after his election was cancelled under unclear circumstances and new elections held.

John Paul Rubagumya was later announced winner, a decision that has split FDC votes in the face of stiff challenge from NRM flag-bearer Joshua Nuhurira, a 2nd year Agriculture student.

The incident could portray FDC in bad light considering they are champions in the fight against corruption and vote rigging.


The suspected election theft could as well work in the interest of NRM or DP’s Ivan Katta of the School of Health Sciences.

FDC leader Col. Kizza Besigye has consistently said President Yoweri Museveni’s government is illegitimate since he allegedly rigged the 2011 polls.

FDC youth leader Francis Mwijukye has told our news desk in an exclusive interview the party leadership is yet to receive a formal complaint from the campus chapter.

“Since there is no petition from Makerere FDC chapter at our headquarters, the party fully supports candidate John Paul Rubagumya,” Mwijukye notes.

“I have been to that campus and found Bagaya actively campaigning for John Paul. The Makerere chapter has the capacity to organize their own elections,” he confidently states.

Bagaya was not readily available for comment. He has however told friends there was indeed a controversy during the primaries.

Meanwhile, as FDC reels in the murky waters of the Guild election rigging scandal, DP and NRM leaders are seriously canvassing support for their candidates.

DP Legal Advisor Mukasa Mbidde recently stormed Mitchell Hall to drum up support for Katta.

Makerere LC 5 councilor and an opinion leader at the campus says:

“While I do not doubt the capability of John Paul in serving as guild president, I am worried that you have put him in a defensive position considering the way he was declared the flag bearer, a day after Bagaya had been declared winner.”

He adds: “For sure he will be required to answer that question, every rally he will go to and I guess in one way or the other it may affect FDC’s performances in this year’s race.”

This year’s race has witnesses two law students David Lewusi and Ivan Atema stand as Independents while Uganda Federal Alliance has fronted Elizabeth Namirembe, a second year student in Development Studies.

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