FDC old guard gives way to younger blood at today’s polls
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party will have the very first complete overhaul of its leadership today when members convene for this year’s delegates conference.
When all the results of the voting are declared tomorrow, no party leader will hold the same position as at the first delegates conference in December 2005.
According to the party’s constitution, a member cannot hold the same position for more than two terms. One can, however, vie for another position after serving in one position for two terms.
So, Ms Alice Alaso, the secretary general, who some party members love to criticise, will cede the position and, if lucky, end the day as deputy president for eastern region.
Mr Nathan Nandala-Mafabi, the founding deputy treasurer, who in 2012 unsuccessfully challenged for the party presidency, is among those looking to replace Ms Alaso.
He will fight it out with Mr Kassiano Wadri, the deputy secretary general, and Kampala Woman MP Nabila Naggayi Sempala.
No other top FDC officials have clashed more openly than Ms Alaso and Mr Mafabi, with the latter charging that Ms Alaso mismanaged the 2012 party presidential election “for the sake of it”.
Ms Alaso had wanted to be named Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (LoP) but she was passed over twice, first by former party president Kizza Besigye when he picked Mr Mafabi to replace Prof Ogenga Latigo in 2011, and again by current president Mugisha Muntu when he picked Mr Wafula Oguttu to replace Mr Mafabi last year.