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FDC’s Ingrid clashes with Mafabi over Rukungiri Primaries

FDC’s Ingrid Clashes with Mafabi over FDC Primaries in Rukungiri

FDC secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe has clashed with party secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi, accusing the latter of ignoring her petition when she lost in the party primaries for the Rukungiri Municipality MP seat.

Senior FDC officials, including Mafabi, Mr Jack Sabiti, who heads FDC’s reconciliation committee, and the party electoral commission chairperson, Mr Toterebuka Bamwenda, on Saturday met party members in Rukungiri in a bid to persuade them from running as independents after losing party primaries.

Ms Turinawe who lost the municipality MP ticket, Mr Robert Darius Tweyambe, who lost that of mayor, and Ms Winnie Babihuga who lost the woman MP flag, have already vowed to come as independent, saying the elections were marred by rigging.

While Mafabi and team urged the trio not to contest as independents, the latter held out.

During the meeting, Ms Turinawe accused Mr Mafabi of “not listening to her cries in the petition” following her loss in the July election.

After losing the election to little-known Dr Warren Katoora Tumwiine, a medical doctor, Ingrid had vowed to “never hand over our party to the Junta”.

Tumwiine polled 130 votes against Turinawe’s 65. Roland Kaginda, the current MP representing the area, trailed with 62 votes.

“The FDC we started and built is against voter bribery,” said Ingrid.

“Imagine someone coming from nowhere with sacks of money, pays envelopes of Shs 300,000, Shs 400,000, Shs 500,000 to individual delegates and they vote for him. Nobody knows where this money came from. We will not accept to hand over our party to the junta,” she said, adding, “In town, People lined up along  the streets, in anger, in pain and in protest a matter that caused police to arrest me as I walked home.”

But Mr Mafabi asked party members not to get divided and not accept to be bought by other political parties.

“I beg you not to start accusing each other that the NRM people are buying you. It will depend on how firm we are. If they give us money, bring it to the party and we use it to do activities against them, the only crime is to betray the
country.”

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