Specific Attention Required On Refugees’ Mental Health Needs

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party holds its delegates conference today June 12 in Kampala amid tension and rumours of planned electoral malpractices, viagra order Chimp Corps report.

While there is literally no stiff competition for most positions, ailment the biggest contest is between former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi and Kassiano Wadri who have since locked horns for the position of Secretary General.

MP Nabilah Naggayi has since thrown in the towel, viagra assaying the entire process is marred by malpractices.

Alice Alaso who has served the party for two terms is stepping aside.

This website has exclusively learned that Mafabi’s camp on Thursday night received reports that Wadri was using his official Parliament vehicle to transport delegates from upcountry to Kampala to woo them to his side.

Shawn Mubiru, a close ally of Mafabi, expressed his disappointment: “So Parliament of Uganda vehicles are being used to ferry delegates for Kassiano Wadri! This is a shame! I am ashamed that we have leaders who enable to abuse public resources (sic)! If you don’t have your personal vehicle walk on foot.”

Interestingly, Mafabi yesterday told delegates in Kampala that he would provide every District Secretary General with a phone for his office before returning to their respective areas.

While Mafabi said the gadgets would be used to communicate with the office of the Party Secretary General, officials in Wadri’s camp believe the move tantamount to buying votes.


Mafabi further revealed that, “Fundraising for the party will start with me as the Secretary General, and that means that funding our 112 district offices will come from my little savings that I have made.”

Power struggle

While Mafabi is said to be supported by Dr Kizza Besigye, Muntu has a soft spot for Wadri. It is these factions that have been jostling for power in the party.

With Mafabi as Secretary General, many in FDC believe he will use his position to consolidate Besigye’s support right from the grassroots structures thus undermining Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu’s 2016 presidential bid.

Mafabi on Wednesday denied the charge, saying he has no intentions of overshadowing Muntu. He, however, warned against rigging in today’s elections.

On the other hand, Muntu fired back; saying while he has repeatedly expressed intentions to meet Mafabi, the latter has never been ready to meet him.

On the surface, it appears a normal contest between Mafabi and Wadri but this is not the case.

Dr Besigye intends to contest as the party’s flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections. This will pit him against Muntu who has already declared his planned presidential bid.

It should be remembered that outgoing Secretary General, Alaso is a close ally of Muntu and has severally thwarted Mafabi’s attempts to undermine the party President.

The bad blood between Mafabi and Alaso hit peak levels in November 2012 with the former accusing the SG of using her position to rig the presidential elections in favour of Muntu.

Alaso told off Mafabi to accept the loss and move on. Since then, sources say, Mafabi has never forgiven Alaso and Muntu.

Without Alaso, Muntu is likely to be vulnerable as the control and running of party structures will be firmly under Mafabi’s docket as SG.

It should be remembered that Muntu enjoys support of moderates – Amanya Mushega, Augustine Ruzindana, MP Nabilah Naggayi and key FDC members in the Diaspora particularly, Dr Muniini Mulera -who believe in consolidation of grassroots structures.

Yet, Besigye’s camp comprises the radical wingers such as Francis Mwijukye, Moses Byamugisha, Ingrid Turinawe, Mafabi and Jack Sabiti who are more interested in civil disobedience activities than building structures.


Besigye believes that the main goal of the FDC should be toppling of NRM through a popular mass uprising while Muntu’s strategy has been building a strong base for the party than can as well manage power.

At today’s conference, most FDC officials we talked to are expecting an exchange of fists. “It’s going to be bloody, I am telling you,” warned a top FDC official: “Whoever tries to rig this election, we will take matters in our own hands.”

Moses Byamugisha also warned of tough times ahead: “Fellow FDC leaders, especially the outgoing national executives and MPs, I would like to appeal to you to act with civility in today’s delegates’ conference.”

He added: “Any of your attempts to undermine the popular will be met with an iron-hand. I make a special appeal to all delegates to not only vote ?Nandala Mafabi but also use all within your means to defend his win.”

Nabilah recently reported irregularities in the FDC grassroot elections in Kampala.

“The FDC public in Kampala is getting alarmed at the voting irregularities today in Kampala FDC Grassroot elections, with the process of the registration, documentation and monitoring being performed on the in the five divisions since it was gazetted by the FDC Electoral Commission this week,” she noted.

Ingrid Turinawe who intends to take the position of Secretary for Mobilisation, promised to “focus my energy and effort to mobilise the population, recruit, expand membership, educate and sensitize Ugandans into FDC.”

“I have been to every corner of this country and I have produced results. I was first appointed into the position of Chairperson Women league during Reform Agenda- at a time when there was a saying that all women belong to Museveni. Indeed, at that time I worked as the chair, executive and the league. I embarked on erasing this fallacy through formulating gender friendly policies into the FDC constitution, inspiring and grooming young women, recruitment and mobilisation (etc) till the time when we put up a structure and elected women leadership. Today women are very alive and visible in our party. I am very glad and proud to note that FDC Women league is the only vibrant and most active league in the country,” she added.

Mwijukye also urged delegates to elect him as Deputy President Western Uganda: “After a wide range of consultations with various stakeholders, social, political, religious, activists/radical and diplomatic, I will be offering myself for the FDC Vice President Western Uganda. This will be a great milestone for my beloved party FDC to have a young leader at the top.”

Doreen Nyanjura is standing for the position of Secretary for Trade, Industry, Economy and Investments while John Kikonyogo intends to keep his job as Information and Publicity Secretary.

Diaspora-based Samuel Makokha W’Mugeni intends to take position of Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Forum for Democratic Change.

He promised to “build and strengthen Diaspora chapters, lobby the donor community to understand and support our cause; build networks among democracy and human rights supporting organisations and above all raise funds to effect change in Uganda.”

The delegates conference is taking place at UMA show grounds.
The International community yesterday commemorated World Refugee Day. By February 2015, viagra statistics showed that Uganda was hosting at the time 433, 029 refugees and asylum seekers.

Among these include refugees from DR Congo (190, 158), South Sudan (166,594), Somalia (28,149), Rwanda (16,698) and Burundi (14,684).

However an influx of Burundian refugees fleeing civil unrest later added another figure of 7,659 by June.

Many humanitarian agencies and organizations have over time made efforts to assist these refugees in their settlement and later integration.

Refugee Law Project (RLP) in Uganda is an organization empowering asylum seekers, refugees and IDPs to enjoy their human rights and live dignified lives.

These yesterday called for inclusion of psychological assistance to refugees among priority interventions such as clean water, food, shelter and health.

RLP also urged humanitarian partners and the public to pay specific attention to the role of mental health in enabling refugee success and integration.

The Project figures show that 48 percent of the refugees are faced with depression, 39 percent with general distress while 33 percent of them suffer Post Traumatic Disorder.

Sexual violence is also a problem in 47 percent of refugees whereas 27 percent struggle with other physical and psychological torture.

According to RLP, the difficult support like helping a refugee sleep at night or to be able to avoid flashbacks when they see a uniform hasn’t been provided.

Long term effects of neglecting refugees’ mental health could include abandonment by spouses, losing respect of one’s children, stigmatization by community and sometimes drug abuse.

Among the Project’s recommendations are; collection of data on mental health, increased budget allocations for refugees’ mental health, reviewing of the current practices.

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