FDC rift deepens as Katonga division prepares for elections

Kampala, (UG): The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in Katonga Division faces a critical juncture ahead of its upcoming grassroots and party structure elections scheduled for the weekend.

The already fragile unity within the party is at risk of further disintegration, raising concerns about the FDC’s future.

Analysts warn that the elections could exacerbate existing divisions, potentially leading to parallel leadership structures within the broader FDC. This follows the party’s split in September, creating two factions that have conducted separate activities ever since.

FDC Katonga Secretary-General Harold Kaija paints a sombre picture, expressing fears that the elections might result in duplicate leaders occupying key positions across the political system.

Dr Gerald Walulya and Yusuf Sserunkuma, political analysts, echoed these concerns. They argue that the FDC has reached a point of no return, where reconciliation seems unlikely.

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“It’s not about who’s fooling whom or who wants to stay relevant,” Dr. Walulya stated. “Both sides are at a point of no return.”

Yusuf Sserunkuma further questioned the future of the party, considering the conflicting power dynamics: “With one side holding the legal authority and headquarters, while the other has the most influential members, will there be another party born out of the FDC?”

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The upcoming elections could be a pivotal moment for the FDC, potentially solidifying the existing divisions or paving the way for reconciliation and a unified party. The outcome remains uncertain, with observers closely monitoring the developments.

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