In a recent development, the FDC Katonga faction has issued a notice under the compelling theme; “Here We Go, We Must Rescue Our Party.” This announcement signals a clear intention to take action and address the current state of affairs within their party.
In a notice written by Harold Kaija, the Deputy Secretary General of the Forum For Democratic Change (FDC), and endorsed by Wassawa Birigwa, the FDC Chairman, James Otto, Proscovia Salaamu Musumba, and Roland Kaginda Mugume, all vice chairpersons, it has been announced that an Extraordinary National Delegates Conference is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, in the city of Kampala.
“In accordance with article 23(5) a of FDC constitution, notice is hereby issued for an extra ordinary national delegates conference scheduled for September 19, 2023,” notice read in part.
In a strategic move that has raised eyebrows among political observers, an upcoming conference has emerged as a potential battleground for the National Executive Committee (NEC) elections within the FDC party. Scheduled to take place on October 6, 2023, this conference has been organised ahead of the official party gazetted date, as stipulated by the FDC constitution.
However, concerns have been raised about the intentions behind this early gathering, with some suggesting that it may be an attempt by the Katonga faction to seize control and manipulate the election outcome, thereby undermining the Najjanakumbi faction. The stakes are high as these rival factions vie for power and influence within the party.
According to an undisclosed source, the Katonga group is expressing concerns over the potential impact of Najjanakumbi’s resource influence. If they choose to delay the NEC elections until October, there is a genuine fear that they may permanently lose the party.
“The Katonga team is worried that should NEC, take place without them rescuing FDC from Najjanakumbi, they don’t stand a chance given the fact that they have more money , and held elections in some parts of the country with majority of their supporters going through,” source revealed.
The esteemed Chairman Birigwa, known for his Katonga-leaning tendencies, has however cultivated a reputation as a friendly force at the esteemed Najjanakumbi establishment. This unique positioning has granted him the privilege of spearheading the call for an Extra-Ordinary National Executive Conference, all while managing to evade the slightest hint of suspicion from the team at Najjanakumbi.
However reliable sources at Najja, stated that Nandala and Amuriat are well aware of the chairman’s double standards and are not surprised, that he is being used to foil NEC in October.