Amuriat Regrets Welcoming Erias Lukwago into FDC

Patrick Amuriat. PHOTO/COURTESY

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has issued an apology to party members for his previous acceptance and appointment of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago as Vice President in charge of the Central Region.

Amuriat’s apology comes in the wake of an extraordinary meeting held by the Katonga faction within the FDC, led by the party’s founder member, Dr. Kizza Besigye. This meeting took place on September 19th, 2023, and was chaired by Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa. During this meeting, the interim leadership, headed by Lukwago, was appointed.

Amuriat expressed his lack of awareness that Lukwago’s appointment was part of a strategy to advance the Katonga faction’s agenda, especially considering Lukwago’s limited understanding of how the FDC operates. He acknowledged that his failure to implement Dr. Besigye’s decisions had contributed to the current misunderstandings. However, Amuriat remained steadfast in claiming his position as the authentic FDC President.

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Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC Secretary General, appealed to members to allow the current leadership to carry out its responsibilities independently without disruptions, emphasizing their support in all party-related campaigns.

Moses Byamugisha, an FDC presidential aspirant closely aligned with the Katonga faction, blamed Amuriat’s faction for their inability to effectively address the party’s internal differences.

The internal strife within the party initially emerged when the Katonga FDC faction, led by Dr. Besigye, accused the party leadership, led by Amuriat and Mafabi, of accepting funds from the central government under questionable circumstances.

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