The ongoing feuds among Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders, including Dr. Kizza Besigye, Patrick Amuriat, the current party President, Nandala Mafabi, the party Secretary General, and Erias Lukwago, among others, have created fear and tension in their camps, leading to death threats.
According to a reliable source within the FDC party, Nandala Mafabi and Patrick Amutriat have hired bodyguards after receiving death threats from members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) who have backed Besigye against Mafabi and Amuriat.
This came after the reconciliation committee failed to appease Dr. Kizza Besigye, who accused Mafabi and Amuriat of secretly plotting to sell FDC to the highest bidder.
A NEC member, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said that the majority of NEC members support Besigye and intend to vote no confidence in both Nandala Mafabi and Patrick Amuriat.
“We have held several meetings to investigate their suspicious behaviour, and we have finally concluded that Mafabi and Amuriat’s Leadership want to deliver the FDC party to President Museveni, just as it happened with DP under Norbert Mao and UPC,” the NEC member said.
Mwambutsya Ndebesa, a political analyst, backed Nandala Mafabi and Amuriat’s idea, stating that even in the most vibrant democracies, it is uncommon to have more than two leading political parties with sufficient clout because the third, fourth, and fifth parties remain fringe outfits that may cut electoral deals with the ruling party.
Dr. Kizza Besigye is dissatisfied with Nandala Mafabi and Patrick Amurait for consuming state funds, prompting Besigye and the crew to secretly endorse Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago for the FDC presidency in the forthcoming party leadership elections.
However, the Nandala and Amuriat teams have stated that Lukwago is a new member of the FDC and will most likely defect to the NUP like he defected from DP.
Boniface Bamwenda, the FDC Electoral Commission chairman, disclosed that the electoral process will start at the grassroots, indicating that a national delegates’ conference will be held from November 23 to 24 this year to elect the new party leadership.
In the interim, Mafabi and Amuriat have hired bodyguards to protect them from threats inside FDC as they await party elections.