MP Munyagwa joins FDC presidential race

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Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa

Kawempe South MP, Mubarak Munyagwa, has expressed interest in running for the position of Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party president.

Munyagwa who eagerly wants to become the FDC president, says the party needs an activist president to support Kizza Besigye.

“I’m not joking as some people want to assume,” he told press on Monday.

“We must change the nomenclature of FDC party. You can’t say we (FDC) won the election and then you go ahead to have a shadow cabinet in Parliament.”

According to Munywagwa, FDC is like a team with a prolific striker but with a weak midfield.

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“Besigye is scoring goals but our midfield can’t hold the ball,” he said.

Munywagwa now current president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, secretary general, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and former Kumi County MP, Patrick Amuriat Oboi as well as the youthful Moses Byamugisha, who have already declared their bids.

“The position to head our party is still advertised. We welcome all applications from party members especially the youth,” the party said in a statement on Monday.

It added: “This top leadership position gives you the chance to shape the political future not just of FDC but our country, Uganda.”

Last week, FDC released a road map to be followed to choose the next party president.

The FDC Secretary Publicity, Hon. Ssemujju Nganda, told journalists that preparations for the election of a party president are underway.

According to Nganda, July 10 and August 12 have been designated for registration and picking of nomination forms by interested candidates.

Nominations for the party president will take place from August 14 to August 16.

Open campaigns will be held from August 17 until November 17.

The election of the party’s new president will take place during the national delegates’ conference after which he will be sworn in on November 18.

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