The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has dismissed three of its senior officials who went against the party constitution to contest as independent candidates in next year’s elections.
In a December 7th 2020 letter addressed to FDC Chairperson Rukungiri District and signed by the party Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the 3 people who were dismissed are Ingrid Turinawe Kamateneti, Darius Tweyambe and Winnie Babihuga.
The 3 contested in the FDC primary elections and lost, but despite warnings from the party leaders, decided to contest as independents.
Ingrid Turinawe who is the FDC National Women Chairperson contested for Rukungiri Municipality MP seat and lost to new comer Dr Wallen Tumwine.
On the other hand, Winnie Babihuga contested for Rukungiri District Woman MP seat and lost to Hon Betty Muzanira while Darius Tweyambe contested for Rukungiri Municipality Mayoral Chairperson seat and lost to incumbent Charles Makuru.
According to the letter, Nandala Mafabi pointed out that as per article 12 (d) ‘if a member joins another party or in an election stands as an independent’ he / she ceases to a member of FDC.
“The independent candidate should immediately stop using the FDC sign and colours otherwise we shall advise the Electoral Commission to disqualify them” the letter reads in parts.
Nandala Mafabi said that the independent candidates are not members of FDC and have no moral authority to act on behalf of FDC.
The letter is copied to FDC Party President, FDC Electoral Commission and all FDC party flag bearers in Rukungiri.
The letter indicates that the known FDC candidates for Rukungiri District Are Dr Wallen Tumwine contesting for Rukungiri Municipality MP seat, Hon Betty Muzanira contesting for Rukungiri District Woman MP seat, Charles Makuru as Rukungiri Municipality Mayoral Chairperson, Fred Turyamuhweza contesting for Rujumbura County Parliamentary Seat and Namanya Naboth contesting for Rubabo County Parliamentary Seat.