Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has no plans to fire the Leader of Opposition (LOP) in Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi.
Speaking to Red Pepper Online, Maj Gen Muntu says talk of Mafabi’s ejection from the opposition Parliament top leadership is propaganda from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) meant to destabilize the FDC.
The former army commander says the NRM is scared and that is why it keeps trying to stir controversy in the FDC. He adds that the NRM has been generating and spreading lies about instability in the FDC because they know the party is about to resolve the differences that arose out of the 2011 November Presidential elections.
The FDC has 35 members of Parliament making it the largest opposition party and thus comes with four oversight committees in Parliament. Parliament rules demand that leadership of the committees be reviewed after two and a half years.
Regarding the Parliamentary review, Muntu says he is not going to engage in that discussion until the time is right.
But Alice Alaso, the Secretary General, tells us that the Parliamentary changes will take place between November and December since it was last instituted in May 2011. She adds that if there is need to change the LOP, it is the Party President who appoints and disappoints, however there is an ongoing process to review different party positions.
However, other party sources state that the National Executive Council (NEC) has had a few meetings in which 70 percent of NEC members want Mafabi dropped from the leader of opposition post. Among the top leaders who want Mafabi out are contenders for his job including Alaso, Kasiano Wadri Terego county MP, Abdu Katuntu the Bugweri county MP and Cecilia Ogwal MP Dokolo.
It’s reported that Mafabi’s supporters want him to be allowed to serve another two year term while Muntu can complete 5 years as party president as a form of compromise between the two.
This is because during the elections, even though the party has come out to say that they erred in not clearly stipulating if Muntu was to complete a five year term or complete former Party President Dr Kizza Besigye’s term.
However, considering his meager support within the National Executive Council, it is argued that Mafabi is using the ongoing post-election wrangle as a bargaining tool so that he is not dropped as LOP.
Apart from Mafabi who was appointed as LOP by Dr Besigye, his predecessor Prof. Ogenga Latigo Deputy President Northern Uganda in 2006 through a vote beat the current National Chairman Sam Njuba to the seat.
The bad blood between Mafabi and Prof. Latigo continues and recently Latigo reprimanded Mafabi for urging Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, to stand for National Presidency in 2016.
In response Mafabi noted that Prof. Latigo has an axe to grind with him and expressed readiness to meet the Professor and solve their issue.