Uganda: FDC Fight – Ssemujju, Lukwago, Turinawe Plotting the Return of Besigye to Active Politics – Source

Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and his group are allegedly strategising for the return of Dr. Kizza Besigye to active politics, according to sources within the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)

These sources claim that loyalists of Besigye, including MP Ssemujju Nganda, Erias Lukwago, and Ingrid Turinawe, are plotting his comeback.

The tensions within the FDC have been brewing for some time, with leaders like Ssemujju openly expressing their opposition to party president Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi.

On Monday, a consultative meeting was held at Nsambya Sharing Hall in Kampala, where these leaders discussed redirecting the FDC to its core mission and also addressed elections for the party structure.

The root of the disagreement among the leaders stems from unresolved party wrangling involving party leadership, particularly between President Amuriat and Secretary General Mafabi.

However, an anonymous source close to the matter revealed to the Nile Post that Ssemujju and his team are plotting Besigye’s return to the political scene.

According to the source, the divide within the party revolves around power and money.

“That faction is after two things, money and then they are pushing for Besigye to come back into active politics and the people of Rukungiri are also calling for the return of Besigye,” the source noted.

The source alleges that during Besigye’s presidential campaigns, he received significant financial support from unknown sources, with no accountability for the funds.

However, Mafabi, when asked about these allegations according to the source denies receiving any money from President Museveni, stating that the split within the party is driven by personal interests and the aspiration for power.

“They are the ones causing mayhem. He (Mafabi) says that the fight against him is about money and power. They never expected the people like Mafabi to run the party. Everyone is looking for their own interest to survive in the country,” the source noted.

The anonymous source further explains that Ssemujju’s faction is pushing for Besigye’s return because the veteran leader is financially drained after being out of the party leadership for some time.

They claim that Ssemujju and Lukwago have their own ambitions for top leadership positions within the party.

However, Ssemujju Nganda refuted these allegations during an appearance on NBS morning breeze.