Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leadership in Kasese district has disputed media reports that the party has lost 700 members to the ruling National Resistance Movement.
It was reported in the different sections of the media that President Yoweri Museveni received the converts on Sunday when he was in Kasese district to meet the Rwenzururu Kingdom and NRA war veterans.
Addressing a press conference this morning, the district FDC Chairman Saulo Mate says that majority of the people who claimed to have crossed are known NRM cadres. Maate says the team leaders—Silas Kimanywenda, Rosemary Masika and Lydia Mbabazi—have been members of NRM for more than three years.
He says the president is being conned by his own mobilizers in the district who want to get State House funds through the people claiming to be converts.
Maate adds that claims that his wife Jane Biira defected from FDC to NRM were “unfortunate” because they divorced two years ago and that she has never been recruited into FDC.
Meanwhile, the team leader of the said converts, Silas Kimanywenda, told local media in a separate interview that they were a group of 80 people who crossed from FDC to NRM. He says they handed only 30 cards because the rest of the team did not have them.
FDC alleges that most of the cards were forged in Nyakasanga, a suburb of Kasese town prior to the president’s visit.
Mate says the party has instituted a committee to investigate the people behind the forgery of FDC cards.
FDC had passed radio announcements early last week warning people of forged cards on the market in some parts of Kasese district.