FDC youth picks forms to unseat Muntu

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Moses Byamugisha [R] receives forms

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] youth mobiliser, Moses Byamugisha, has Monday picked nomination forms from the party head offices in Najjanankumbi for the position of party president.

“Today our EC Chairperson handed nomination forms for the position of Party President to Byamugisha Moses. Good luck comrade,” the party tweeted.

In a notice, Dan Mugarura Bakaaki, the Chief Electoral Commissioner, informed all party members that nomination for the position of Party President for the year 2017-2022 will take place on the 14th -15th August 2017.

“Party Electoral Commission calls upon members interested in contesting for the position to pick nomination forms from the Party Headquarters Najjanankumbi, starting from the date of this publication,” Mugarura said.

Last week, Party President Mugisha Muntu stepped aside to campaign leaving Alice Alaso in charge until the presidential elections are complete.

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The candidates vying for the position of party president are; Kawempe South MP, Mubarak Munyagwa, a later comer who aims to support former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye.

Others are; the current president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, secretary general, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and former Kumi County MP, Patrick Amuriat Oboi.

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.

Byamugisha, 35, the only youthful contender and an aide of Besigye, announced his bid in May at his home in Nsasa-Namugongo, outside Kampala.

Last year, Byamugisha expressed interest in contesting for FDC’s flag bearer presidential election race but later dropped out because he had not attained the mandatory age.

Fact file:

Byamugisha Moses hails from Rujumbura county, Rukungiri district, western Uganda.

He holds a diploma in law from Law Development Centre and a Bachelor of Laws from Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono.

He says his father, Can. James Byarugaba who was a die-hard supporter – cum – mobiliser of Dr Kizza Besigye in 2001 inspired him to take interest in national politics.

He became active in opposition politics during 2001 presidential elections campaigns with other young people who were excited about a new person challenging an establishment of President Museveni.

He served as head prefect at Rukungiri Central Secondary School in 2003-2004.

In 2009, Byamugisha while pursuing a Bachelor of Laws degree at Uganda Christian University (UCU), he contested and lost the guild presidential elections.

He would later serve as the UCU Law School president.

He is a founding member of the FDC students union, an association that brings together party youth supporters in different universities.

Currently, he is the national mobiliser in the party youth league. Apart from formal positions, he says he partakes in party work on daily basis.

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