Confusion as FDC Withdraws Ingrid Turinawe From EALA Race
Confusion looms within with Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) over one of its candidates vying for a slot in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
This is after the FDC President, Rtd Major General Mugisha Muntu withdrew the candidature of Ingrid Turinawe from the EALA race, following a decision by the party’s working committee, charged with the day to day affairs of FDC.
In a letter dated February 22, 2017 to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, Muntu stated that the party had agreed to withdraw Turinawe and retain Florence Ibi Ekwau.
“This letter is to notify you that as a party, we are withdrawing candidate Kamateneti Ingrid Turinawe and retaining one candidate, Ekwau Ibi effective the date of this letter,” Muntu said in the letter.
However, the Clerk’s office, in a letter dated February 23, 2017, wrote back to Muntu, questioning the FDC’s decision to withdraw Turinawe’s candidature.
Kibirige advised that the withdrawal of Turinawe is done in accordance with the Rules of Procedure which demand that a nominee and the party’s Secretary General sign the withdrawal letter.
“Under Rule 7 (2) of Appendix 8 to the Rules of Procedure, the withdrawal of a nominee under sub rule (1) shall be effected by a written notification to the Clerk and shall be signed by the nominee and Secretary General of the party, which nominated him or her where a candidate was nominated by a political party,” the Clerk’s letter reads in part.
Muntu, in another letter dated February 23, 2017, responded, acknowledging the oversight in regard to the provisions on withdrawal of the candidate.
While maintaining that the party decision to withdraw Turinawe still stands, Muntu stated that the matter will be resolved, since the Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi and his deputy Harold Kaija were not available.
“I am working on rectification measures to address the oversight given that our Secretary General and deputies are out of station,” he said.
Turinawe, who addressed the media at Parliament on February 23, 2017, said she had not received the letter for her withdrawal from her race. She insisted that the FDC working meeting did not invite her to discuss the position to withdrawal her, stating that she is still in the race.
“I have not been in that meeting that sat to withdraw me and if any decision was taken, maybe I will be informed of the reasons why I should withdraw and we will agree. But for now, I am still in the race,” Turinawe said.
She demanded that all 47 candidates vying for the 9 slots in EALA are left to campaign and a decision taken by the MPs on February 28 on who should represent the country in the regional assembly.