Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will unveil a committee of elders who will help in resolving disputes and advise the party .
Wasswa Bigirwa, the party national chairman, says the committee of elders will be unveiled on Thursday when the FDC National Council convenes. The National Council is made up of LCV party chairpersons.
Birigwa told journalists at FDC headquarters on Monday as he addressed weekly press conference that they will ask the national council to confirm council of elders as one of the party’s structure. The move comes months after exit of former party president, Mugisha Muntu who is in final phase of forming a new party.
Birigwa revealed that the party is also going to bring back eminent members who have not been active in its activities. The eminent persons that the party is bringing back, he said include former leaders and MP who are no longer in active politics.
The strategy of bringing back elders is meant to make the party bigger, wider and better. Birigwa says the party believe party elders and eminent persons have much to offer. During the national council will also unveil party mobilization strategy for 2021 presidential elections.
Convening a national council is one tactic of auditing availability of its leadership at district level after departure of Muntu group. “Do we look like a party that is shaken?” Birigwa inquired as he responded to questions whether district leaders did not exit with Muntu.
“Most people thought that we were going to break up. We are going to have a national council where all but three district leaders confirmed attending,” he said.
FDC last week kicked out its national youth league chairperson, bringing in a new crop of enthusiastic youth leadership. But Birigwa argued that change of youth league leadership was not a move to push out pro-Muntu politicians from Najjanankumbi.
Iddi Ouma, the party youth league chairperson who was kicked out had earlier hinted that he is going to join Mugisha Muntu.
Birigwa says when the party wrote to its leaders inquiring whether they were going with Muntu or staying, Ouma did not write back.
Police has placed a ban (FDC) rallies in western Uganda, FDC have said but promised to defy it. FDC leaders had planned to hold rallies in Mbarara, Kiruhura, Ibanda, Isingiro and Ntungamo districts. But Birigwa said the party will defy police ban which is illegal.