In the national delegates’ conference on October 6, 2023, Mr. Patrick Oboi Amuriat was re-elected as the president of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for a second term. Additionally, Mr. Nathan Nandala Mafabi retained his position as Secretary-General, running unopposed. The conference, held at Patidar Samaj Sports Grounds in Lugogo, Kampala, saw the successful election of several other candidates as well.
Here are the key outcomes of the conference:
|Mr. Geoffrey Ekanya
|Mr. Jack Sabiiti
|Deputy President (Buganda Region)
|Mr. Yusuf Nsibambi
|Replacing Elias Lukwago
|Vice Chairman (Western Region)
|Mr. Robert Centenary
|Vice Chairperson (Eastern Region)
|Mr. Jamal Wante
|Replacing Proscovia Salaam Musumba
|Party Chief Whip
|Mr. Yusuf Nsibambi
|Replacing Mr. Ibrahim Ssemujju
|Interim President (Katonga Faction)
|Mr. Elias Lukwago
Out of 79 nominated candidates, 38 faced no opposition. The conference, attended by 1,143 delegates and chaired by Mr. Mukalazi Kibuka, the party vice-chairman for the Central region, elected Mr. Yusuf Nsibambi as the party chief whip, replacing Mr. Ibrahim Ssemujju, who belongs to the Katonga FDC faction.
Mr. Amuriat, in his address to the delegates, expressed his commitment to reconcile members and promote unity within the party through structured dialogue, training, coaching, and mentoring of youth and women via the party leadership academy. He also outlined plans to recruit members nationwide and implement an online registration system, member database, and electronic card distribution.
Amuriat emphasized party unity, stating that there should be no division between Katonga FDC and FDC Najjanankumbi. He declared his intention to pursue reconciliation efforts and address any misrepresentation or forgery issues.
He further added, “There is no one who is bigger than the constitution of FDC. If you feel you are bigger than the constitution of FDC, I want to say to you that you have no place in FDC.”
Mr. Nandala dismissed claims of party wrangles, attributing them to self-seeking members, specifically mentioning Mr. Elias Lukwago and Mr. Ibrahim Ssemujju as newcomers causing divisions. He asserted that the FDC remains strong and stated plans to petition the court to prevent the Katonga faction from using the FDC name, arguing against having two power centers within the party.
Regarding the party whip, Mr. Nandala mentioned that he had already informed the Speaker of Parliament about the changes, emphasizing that they used the National Executive Committee (NEC) to choose Mr. Ssemujju, and now the delegates’ conference had elected Mr. Yusuf Nsibambi.
Looking ahead, the party will soon identify potential candidates for the 2026 general election. The conference took place amidst internal disputes, including allegations that Mr. Nandala and Mr. Amuriat received “dirty money” from State House during the last general election, allegations both vehemently denied.