Sam Njuba, the national chairman of Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change has instituted a reconciliation team to try and iron out the differences between the warring factions in the party.
The party has been struggling to reconcile the Mugisha Muntu and Nandala Mafabi camps in the wake of the party’s presidential elections last November that saw the former defeat Mafabi.
However, Mafabi, the leader of opposition in Parliament disputed Muntu’s victory claiming there were irregularities in the whole process, accusations that have led many to believe the party is on the verge of a bitter split.
The Mafabi camp claims that Muntu as a candidate abandoned and threw out the values of party when he referred to his opponents such as Mafabi with unacceptable names like “scum” and “hypocrites.” And demanded his unconditional apology in a petition signed by Major Ruranga.
The team claims that the exercise was marred by malpractice. They argue that it would be meaningless to work with Muntu when FDC secretary general, Alice Alaso and Electoral Commission (EC), Dan Mugarura, are still in office. They accuse the two of flouting party rules when they chose to public throw their weight behind Muntu.
On his part, Mugisha Muntu says he wants Mafabi’s complaints resolved and it is against this background that the national chairman has set up a reconciliation team.
The committee whose work works begun on Wednesday will last 30 days.