By Sandra Birungi
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is set to hold fresh election polls come next year, 2014.
The elections come after Opposition Leader in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi last year attested that there was vote rigging which saw Mugisha Muntu get elected as the new FDC president filling the shoes of FDC founder, Kizza Besigye. The elections seek to harmonize the party presidency and the National Executive Committee (NEC).
In addition to electing the party president, the elections will also include elections for party officer bearers, right from village to national level.
Last year, Mafabi lost to Maj Gen Muntu by 33 votes, in a hotly-contested party presidential election in November. A report from the Truth and Reconciliation committee, chaired by city lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, had recommended fresh elections at party presidency level and at other levels and to harmonise the party constitution.
Muntu supporters originally refused the recommendation saying the Rwakafuzi committee had overstepped its mandate; they wanted Muntu to serve for five years, running up to 2017. In July, a legal committee chosen to look into the issue also recommended that Muntu should serve up to 2017, a proposal rejected by the Mafabi camp.
“It is a suggestion that we already have. We still have other meetings before we finally agree,” Wafula Oguttu, party spokesperson said.
Oguttu said the review of committees does not necessarily mean that Mafabi too would be recalled.