FDC says reshuffles will be fair
Posted Tuesday, October 1 2013 at 01:00
The opposition party maintains that it’s a routine parliamentary process it has handled well before.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has insisted that the forthcoming reshuffle of its leadership in Parliament is a normal review which should not cause anxiety within the party faithfuls.
In November, the opposition is scheduled to reshuffle the chairpersons of the four oversight committees and the Leader of Opposition in the House, positions it controls by virtue of being the largest opposition party in Parliament with 35 MPs.
With the review coming at a time of friction within the party that emerged from last year’s party presidential elections, FDC spokesman Wafula Oguttu sought to allay fears that the election disputes might hamper the transition, saying the party will handle the process like it did in the Eighth Parliament.
“It is a normal review or an assessment of the performance of our leaders in Parliament aimed at strengthening our role and contribution in legislative work. It is not therefore helpful to engage in rumors and speculations on the outcome of the assessment,” Mr Oguttu told journalists at the party headquarters in Najjanakumbi yesterday.
FDC has been gripped by a rift after Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu defeated Leader of Opposition in Parliament Nandala Mafabi, by 32 votes to garner the party presidency.