Patrick Amuriat, the President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has encouraged FDC delegates from the Bunyoro region to participate in the upcoming National Delegates Conference on October 6th. Amuriat, who is seeking re-election as the party leader, engaged with delegates from the Bunyoro sub-region, with the majority of them coming from Hoima, Buliisa, and Masindi, among the eight districts in the area.
During his interaction with the delegates, Amuriat focused on addressing concerns of factionalism within the FDC, emphasizing that there are no factions within the party. He stated, “We do not have factions in the FDC, as it has been misrepresented.”
Amuriat explained that the party has already completed grassroots elections, from the village to the district level, and only the election of the National Executive Committee is pending. He expressed determination, asserting, “The election on October 6th will take place regardless of internal disagreements in the party.”
Amuriat also extended an invitation to those who have chosen a different path, urging them to use democratic means to effect leadership changes within the FDC. He remarked, “It serves no purpose for anybody to try to come through the ventilator into the FDC house when the door is widely open.”
However, some delegates, who preferred to remain anonymous, expressed concerns that Amuriat has deviated from what they consider the original FDC party ideologies.
Amuriat’s efforts to mobilize FDC members nationwide to participate in the delegates’ conference have raised questions about his popularity among some party members in rural areas.
Nevertheless, Amuriat concluded his visit to Bunyoro with confidence that FDC delegates from the sub-region are supporting his candidacy and are prepared to address the recent political turmoil within the party.
During the delegates’ meeting, Amuriat officially welcomed NRM members Asiimwe Rachel and Janet Osotho into the FDC camp.
Asiimwe Rachel, a former Personal Assistant to Hoima Woman MP Harriet Businge, has informally expressed interest in contesting against her since, in the previous elections, the two had a dispute over accusations of borrowing money for politics under the MP’s name.