Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) members who intend to contest in the 2021 General Elections have until the end of this month to express their interest, the Party has announced.
Addressing the Press at Najjanankumbi on Monday, FDC President Patrick Amuriat Oboi intimated that this decision was arrived at after two consecutive meetings involving top party organs.
“This exercise will be closed at the end of this month(June). If you want to be a presidential candidate or parliamentary candidate, you must return your form to the headquarters and hand it into the Electoral Commission,” a press statement reads.
This development could be a span in the works for opposition forces that have sought to coalesce around People Power’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu heading into the forthcoming elections.
While hushed voices are agitating to have Dr. Kizza Besigye reinstated as the Party’s Presidential flag bearer, only Moses Byamugisha has expressed intentions of running for Uganda’s top seat.
The same communiqué advises aspiring city mayors and Local Council Five (LC V) Chairpersons to submit their forms ahead of party primaries which commence in July and end in September 2020.
The rest of the candidates have been urged to send their forms to district or constituency offices once they are through.
In the same vein, the National Executive Committee (NEC) which sat on July 5, 2020, approved a manifesto development committee led by Former Leader of Opposition (LOP), Phillip Wafula Oguttu.
“It comprises Hon Salaamu Musumba, Dr. Johnson Tindyebwa, Hon. Betty Aol (Leader of Minority in Parliament), Hon. Albert Oduman Okello, Hon. Jack Sabiiti and Mr. Mukalazi Kibuuka,” Amuriat disclosed.
On the other hand, he stated that FDC had resolved to stay the mandate of Party leaders whose term was ending on June 31, 2020, as a result of the Corona Virus outbreak three months back.
This excludes him having taken the reigns from Gen. Mugisha Muntu on November 27, 2017.
“The party was on the verge of announcing countrywide activities starting March this year with plans to hold its National Delegates Conference this month. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to carry out internal elections,” Amuriat stated.
“By this resolution, the current office bearers will continue in their positions,” he added.