FDC WRANGLES: Commission of Inquiry Winds Up Investigations

Nandala Mafabi complained of multiple voting during the elections
Nandala Mafabi complained of multiple voting during the elections

The commission of inquiry set up to investigate complaints of electoral malpractices in the FDC presidential elections last year has completed its hearings. The commission was tasked to investigate complaints raised by Nathan Nandala Mafabi, one of the presidential candidates about the conduct of the polls. Nandala contested the FDC president elections and lost to his rival Major General Mugisha Muntu.

Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, the chairperson of the commission says that the committee has now embarked on writing from its findings. He says that during the writing of the report, if they discover that there is need to recall any witness for further clarification, it shall be made public.

Jack Sabiti, the FDC treasurer general who testified on Monday, accused by party electoral commission of breach of the financial procedures. Sabiti was responding to a query from the committee on whether he had received a financial report for the election. He explained that he did receive a report and even signed for the money.

However, Sabiti maintains that EC chairman Dan Mugarura did not follow procedure. He explained that the decision to hold a delegates conference is approved by the National Executive committee. The party administrator and secretary general identify items needed for elections and present it to the treasurer general who then convenes the financial committee to identify sources of funding. The committee then agrees on what they can afford to pay for or not.

Sabiti told the commission that he only signed the cheque because everything was done at the last minute since the party was facing a financial squeeze at the time of preparation and the money was also availed late. The commission heard from ten witnesses including three petitioners and three respondents. Some of the witnesses include Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga Alice Alaso the secretary general and Maj. Gen Muntu.

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