The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has announced it will choose its presidential candidate for the 2021 election in June.
Some officials from the FDC, Uganda’s largest opposition party, had previously insisted the party would not take part in an election with three-decade president Yoweri Museveni on the ballot, insisting they desired to and would work towards removing him from power before the 2021 general election.
Addressing journalists earlier today, party Spokesperson Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda clarified.
“The party’s Electoral Commission will, after thorough preparations, announce the date and venue for nominations,” said Ssemujju. “The FDC Electoral Commission will also publish the qualifications for one to qualify to be a candidate.”
Inthe buildup to the delegates conference, Ssemujju explained, the party will engage in “internal re-organization” processes aimed at “replacing leaders who either have died, left the party” or those who changed located. Opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye has been FDC’s flag bearer since 2006.
In the 2016 General elections, Besigye beat former bush war comrade and former army commander Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu to become FDC’s flag bearer for the third time in a row. Muntu has since left the FDC to form the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party.
If FDC chooses Besigye, and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) picks Museveni as flag bearers, the two bush war comrades will appear on the same ballot paper for the fifth time in a row, with the latter beating the former.