Muntu: We are yet to decide on Mafabi’s position
Posted Tuesday, October 22 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Forum for Democratic Change president Mugisha Muntu has warned the party faithful not to be “excited” about the forthcoming reshuffle of its leadership in Parliament, saying the ultimate decision lies with the National Executive Committee and him.
Gen Muntu’s warning comes after a section of supporters of Mr Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP), threatened to leave the party if he is dropped from the position. The supporters, mainly from eastern Uganda where the Budadiri East MP hails from, have held four meetings where they made that resolution.
But in a telephone interview yesterday, Gen Muntu insisted no discussions have been held about the position of LoP and the leadership of committees in Parliament, dismissing as “speculation” talk that Mr Mafabi faces the exit.
We have not started the review process. The review process is supposed to be conducted every two and a a half years. In this particular case, we are expected to send in our decision as a party to Parliament by February 6 next year. As the party leader, I have not started doing any consultations,” Gen Muntu said.
He added: “If there are individuals or party leaders who are giving statements on this [impeding reshuffle] issue, they are giving statements as individuals and reacting to speculation. Ultimately, the decision will be made on consultation with party organs by the party president.”
Differences in the party
FDC is set to review its leadership in the four oversight House committees next month. However, the review comes at a time of an impasse in the party stemming from last year’s party presidential polls.
Mr Mafabi lost the polls by 32 votes to Mr Muntu. He, however, contested the results contending that some senior party officials tampered with the electoral process.
Whereas the Mafabi camp insists that the November 2012 election only served to complete Dr Kizza Besigye’s term, Gen Muntu’s group insists he was elected to a full five-year term which can only end in 2017.
A committee of top party officials constituted to iron out a way forward on the length of the party presidency, is yet to file its report.
A committee constituted to iron out a way forward on the length of the party presidency, is yet to file its report.
Asked last month about the tensions that have gripped FDC and the imminent reshuffles, Mr Mafabi insisted the party must implement the Rwakafuzi recommendations and indicated he would find no problem being replaced as LoP