The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Katonga faction has vowed not to heed the police warnings against the preparations of the forthcoming FDC delegates’ conference aimed at liberating the party from the hands of the Najjanakumbi faction headed by Engineer Patrick Amuriat and Nathan Nandala Mafabi, whom they accuse of splitting the party.
While appearing on local television on Thursday, September 14, 2023, Wasswa Birigwa, the FDC party chairperson, insisted that all the challenges faced by the party will be resolved in the forthcoming delegates’ conference set to be convened on September 19, 2023.
“For the viewers, thank you for your support. Yes, we have issues, but they will be resolved. That’s why I am holding the delegates conferences so that we can sit down and come up with the way forward,” Birigwa said.
This comes after police informed Birigwa that the delegates conference he hopes to hold and its activities are unknown to the party Secretary General and therefore likely to cause confusion among the populace.
In the response to Birigwa that John Nuwagira signed on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), police stated that they would not offer security as the Katonga faction requested until the party leadership approved the conference.
Police also urged that Birigwa reconcile the party and seek resolutions from the courts of law to avoid sharp contrasts, which are likely to happen.
During the interview, Bigirwa denied claims that he received more than Ugx 400 million from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to organise the extraordinary delegates conference, saying that the party’s supporters and members had raised the money.
“We have not received any money from the government or President Museveni, as some people are alleging, because it is the individuals or members who love this party that provide support,” Birigwa said.
FDC has been embroiled in internal squabbles, with one faction accusing the other of accepting bribes, acting as moles for NRM, and attempting to split the party.