FDC FallOut: Mafabi Accuses Ssemujju and Lukwago of Being NUP Spies

For the record, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) top officials are at war with each other over failure of the party’s president to reveal the source of funds that were used to fund the party activities during the 2021 general elections.

The fall out started a few days ago when a section of members of the FDC National Council, led by the party spokesperson and Kira Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Erias Lukwago held a consultative meeting at the Sharing Hall in Nsambya under the theme “Redirecting FDC to its Core Mission” to discuss the internal challenges the party is facing.

During the meeting, Ssemujju started off by telling members about the accountability gaps in FDC and the planned internal elections. On accountability, Semujju talked about the “mysterious” money the party received during the recent 2021 general elections.

He said the source and amount of the money are not known but based on the huge expenditures made by the recipients, the money should have been in billions.

Ssemujju further shared that the money was brought to the party by the Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi and that one of the recipients was the party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat. He added that the suspicious money was used to buy new cars from Cooper Motors among others.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi near Kampala on Wednesday, 19 July 2023, the FDC party president Amuriat accused Ssemujju and Lukwago of conspiring to sell the party and said that some of their funders for the 2021 polls asked not to be named.

“If we did, they could be targetted by the junta regime. Some of them could be business people or working for government but believe in our cause. We’re not about to betray them by publicly disclosing their identities.”

“The allegations about President Museveni funding our activities was first made in 2020 by our founding president who said he had intelligence reports that we were picking money from the junta regime. We’ve never picked money from Museveni. The only money we got from government was through the Electoral Commission as provided in the Constitution,” Amuriat continued.

Nandala Mafabi further debunked Lukwago’s claim that there are members who want to deliver FDC to President Yoweri Museveni and instead accused Ssemujju and Lukwago of being NUP members.

“Hon [Ibrahim] Ssemujju, [Erias] Lukwago and their group made allegations that we got money from Mr Museveni to fight NUP. Why would the FDC spokesperson be speaking for NUP! That confirms that they are not FDC members. They are just sitting on top yet they are actually members of NUP.”

Mafabi added, “It also explains why in the last election Lukwago was more sympathetic to NUP and other forces than FDC. If NUP has any allegations against us, we’re here and ready to explain ourselves.”

He continued to reveal that the 2021 elctions were the worst-funded election adding that, the party president suffered while the Lukwago and Ssemujju had billboards around Kampala worth up to a billion.

“Where were they getting the money from? Show me Ssemujju’s airtime kiosk,” Mafabi questioned.

“How can our president, Patrick Amuriat carry the whole FDC structure on a pickup and deliver it to Mr Museveni! Unless those alleging know how to. He who alleges must prove. If they have any evidence against us why can’t they bring it out! It’s because they know we have a reputation. We have been tested by the public and we’re clean,” Mafabi retorted.

“I have declared all my personal assets with the IGG and how I have gained them. When I left the bank, I was being paid $20,000 per month in 2001. When Ssemujju left journalism, how much was he being paid per month? So, if he has all those properties when he was being paid nothing, what about me, who was paid in dollars?” Mafabi added.

Amuriat said the allegations about President Museveni funding FDC activities was first made in 2020.

“We’ve never picked money from Museveni. The only money we got from government was through the Electoral Commission as provided in the Constitution,” he said.

Meanwhile as FDC’s Amuriat and Mafabi were addressing a press conference in Najjanakumbi, the founder of the party Dr. Kizza Besigye also held a press conference at Katonga Road in Kampala to his thoughts about the leadership wrangles in the party.

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