Patrick Oboi Amuriat, President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has apologized to party members for endorsing and appointing Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago as Vice President in charge of the Central Region.
He explained that he was unaware that Lukwago’s appointment was part of a broader strategy to advance the Katonga faction’s agenda, a faction led by the party’s founding member, Dr. Kizza Besigye. Amuriat also admitted that his failure to implement Dr. Besigye’s decisions had contributed to the current misunderstandings.
The Katonga faction recently held an extraordinary meeting and appointed interim leadership, under Lukwago’s guidance. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC Secretary General, has appealed to members to grant the current leadership the autonomy to carry out its responsibilities without disruptions.
Moses Byamugisha, an FDC presidential aspirant closely aligned with the Katonga faction, has held Amuriat’s faction responsible for their inability to effectively address the party’s internal differences.
The internal strife within the party initially surfaced when the Katonga FDC faction accused the party leadership, headed by Amuriat and Mafabi, of accepting funds from the central government under questionable circumstances.